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: The Home Office shames us all by its callous attitude to child refugees
20/05/2019
The Home Office shames us all by its callous attitude to child refugees

Anyone horrified in 2017 by the government’s shamefully inadequate response to helping lone child refugees trapped in makeshift camps in France should know that the situation has become even worse, with reports that the Dubs scheme (to get unaccompanied minors safely to the UK) is to be stopped.

Image: ‘Extraordinary thinning’ of ice sheets revealed deep inside Antarctica
20/05/2019
‘Extraordinary thinning’ of ice sheets revealed deep inside Antarctica

New research shows affected areas are losing ice five times faster than in the 1990s, with more than 100m of thickness gone in some places.  The Guardian.

Image: For Scotland, recognising the planet’s plight is only the start
20/05/2019
For Scotland, recognising the planet’s plight is only the start

In a flurry of activity, the First Minister declared a climate emergency, making Scotland the first country in the world to do so. Just a few days later, in response to advice from the Committee on Climate Change, the Scottish Government announced it would enshrine in law a target for Scotland to reach net-zero emissions by 2045, meaning we will remove as much in greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere as we produce.

Image: My name is Mahdi
17/05/2019
My name is Mahdi

Community engagement coordinator for the Refugee Survival Trust (RST), Mahdii, tells us about his journey from asylum seeker to talk ambassador with RST in this week's blog.

Image: Faith-based Investing
10/05/2019
Faith-based Investing


This week in our blog, Dr Quintin Rayer, reflects on why people choose ethical fincance.

Image: Justice & Peace Scotland - Newsletter
08/05/2019
Justice & Peace Scotland - Newsletter

Have a look here at our latest newsletter filled with news and upcoming events.  

Image: Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace
07/05/2019
Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded.  The New York Times.

Image: The Common Good and our Common Seas Conference
07/05/2019
The Common Good and our Common Seas Conference

An international conference on the seas took place in Copenhagen, Denmark 3 - 5 May 2019.  Justice and Peace Scotland was represented by Bishop Nolan, President and Grace Buckley, European representative.  

Day of Reflection

Justice and Peace Scotland invites you to
A Day of Reflection on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si Care for ou Common Home

Saturday 21st September 2019
10:00am to 4:30pm
Blythswood Hall, Renfield St Stephens Centre, Bath St, Glasgow
Coffee and Registration from 10:00am

Cost £10 Lunch provided.

To book your place through Eventbrite click here
 

For enquiries contact Tel: 0141 333 0238
Email:
office@justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk

Calling all schools!  come along to a fun filled day exploring Catholic Social Teaching as it is lived out by 8 of Scotland's leading lay-apostolate organisations.

Book here for your school to take part in the next Beyond the Walls Event

Thursday 6th June 2019

Conforti Institute

Calder Ave

Coatbridge

ML5 4JS

Speakers List

Looking for a speaker for your group?  Take a look here at our list of speakers willing to speak on a variety of different topics!

Care for Creation logo

Pope Francis urges Catholics and all people of good will to take urgent action against climate change and the ecological crisis. His encyclical letter Laudato Si’ is a stirring call to care for our common home.

Justice and Peace Scotland is encouraging our friends and supporters to answer this call. Each month we will look at a different environmental issue and provide some sources of information and ideas for action – for us, our family and our community.

This month’s issue is:Transport

Campaign of the Month

Every month, Justice and Peace Scotland highlights a campaign on which you can take action

May 2019 Campaign:  Urge the UK Government to meet its climate obligations

Further campaigns are listed on our Get Involved page. Click here to Get Involved!

Last updated: 20 May 2019

Important Resources


Image: Home Affiairs Committee Immigration Detention Report 2019




Image: Bishop Nolan's letter for the Day of Prayer for Peace

In Scotland the Day of Prayer for Peace takes place on Sunday 6th January 2019, The Feast of the Epiphany. The theme of this year's letter for the Day of Prayer for Peace is “political engagement”.



Image: pope Francis Message for the 52nd World Day of Peace

Pope Francis has published his message for the 52nd World Day of Peace which takes place on 1st January 2019.  The theme of this years message is: Good politics is at the service of peace. /Read the letter here. 



Image: Give Me Five Coalition Letter pre-budget 2018

Give Me Five coalition organisations sign a letter to the Scottish Government ahead of their 2018 budget asking for urgency in roling out 'Income Support' for struggling families.  



Image: Catholic Social Teaching Quotes for 2019

The Catholic Social Teaching qoutes for 2019 are now available!  These quotes are linked to the mass themes or significant social justice dates in the calendar.  Please share them widely, perhaps including them in newsletters, bulletins or prayer group reflections etc.