Justice & Peace Scotland

 

 

Striving for Social Justice.

The National Commission for Justice and Peace advises the Scottish Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in matters relating to social justice, international peace and human rights, and promotes action in these areas.

 

 

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Image: Divest your church How to divest your church from fossil fuels.

 

A new resource produced by Operation Noah, Divest your church, explains how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and reinvest for a brighter future, as well as supporting the campaign for the national Churches to divest.

Further information on the Bright Now website   

Image: Calais: Update on refugee crisis from Seeking Sanctuary

A report by Seeking Sanctuary in the Independent Catholic News outlines the current situation in France and encourages supporters to keep the pressure on government to address the situation with more compassion.

For more information and what you can do to help, please see the Seeking Sanctuary website   

Image: Nobody deserves to live this way!

Report from the Human Trafficking Foundation into the situation of child refugees. It makes for grim reading and concludes that instead of protecting children who have fled to Europe for safety, the Government is failing them. Police violence has taught these children to fear the authorities who should be protecting them, leaving the way open for smugglers and those who want to exploit them, including traffickers.

Download the report here.   

Image: Peace campaigner to appeal bail conditions

The Independent Catholic News reports on Trident Ploughshares campaigner Angie Zelter's appeal on bail conditions. The case arises from her participation in a blockade of the nuclear warhead store at Coulport on Loch Long.   

Image: The nuns and the pipeline

The religious order, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, are at the centre of a dispute over the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They are making a legal claim that building a pipeline on their land violates their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The case has garnered national and international attention.

Articles on this issue.   

Image: Building communities of welcome

In our latest blog, Iain Johnston, Director of Faith in Community Scotland, reflects on one of the charity’s projects which seeks to build community amongst people leaving prison.   Read More...

Image: Holiday hunger is a human rights issue— Scotland’s children have the right to food

Máire McCormack part of the commission for Children and Young People Scotland writes about children from low-income families going hungry during the school holidays.   Read More...

Image: Scotland's Nonviolence Conference hears message of peace


Read the Independent Catholic News report on the first Scottish Nonviolence Conference at Kinnoul, Perth 14th-16th July 2017. 

The conference was organised by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (England and Scotland) Justice and Peace Scotland and the Church of Scotland. Participants came from groups including the Scottish Episcopalian Church, Quakers, Methodists, Pax Christi, Catholic Church in Scotland, and the Conforti Institute.

Watch the videos of both speakers talks at the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUKmIIIRRX_YRS_PlNBAr2A   

Image: Indefinite detention is dehumanising for refugees. This practice must end

In our interconnected world, it is such a truism that everyone has a story to tell that we rarely ask to hear them. We should. Both sides would benefit.   Read More...

Image: Joint Statement on Nuclear Disarmament

Justitia et Pax Europa, Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions and the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have relased a joint statement on nuclear disarmament - Seeking Human Security.     Read More...



Last updated: 27 July 2017


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This week our new  blog is written by Iain Johnson of Faith in Community Scotland.   Read about the marvellous work they do with people about to leave prison.

 

 

Important Resources


Image: Divest your church: new resources

Does your church have investments in fossil fuel companies? Ever thought about moving your money somewhere that builds the world you want to live in? A new resource produced by Operation Noah, Divest your church, explains how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and reinvest for a brighter future, as well as supporting the campaign for the national Churches to divest.

Further details

  



Image: Terrorist Attack in London

Glasgow Churches Together have responded to the terrorist attack in London by producing a prayer service.

Access on GCT website



Image: New US Administration

The Sisters of St Joseph of Boston have put together a prayer calendar for the first 100 days of the new administration.

The content encourages unity and reconciliation and offers support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. 

Download the calendar here.



Image: Alarming number of trafficked children going missing from care

Trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are going missing from UK care at an “alarmingly high” rate, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People have said in a new report. The report, entitled Heading back to harm: A study on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK, has found that more than a quarter of all trafficked children and over 500 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing at least once in the year to September 2015, while 207 have not been found.

 

Read the Report



Image: Justice and Peace Sunday, 8th January, 2017
Letter to all parishes from Bishop Nolan.

 

In his letter to parishes, Bishop William Nolan of Galloway, President of the Justice and Commission, reflects on the need for peace in our world.