Last updated: 21 October 2016
Image: Please pray for our much loved former president Bishop John Mone RIP Bishop John died in his sleep shortly before 6am on Friday 14 October. May he rest in peace. Paisley diocesan website   

Image: Challenge Poverty Week 2016 16th - 22nd of October Challenge Poverty Week aims to bring together organisations from across civil society - from grassroots community groups to national voluntary organisations, trade unions and faith groups to highlight what they are doing to address poverty.


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.

Latest News   

Image: Thirsting for Peace Sister Isabel Smyth reflects on the recent peace event in Assisi.    I’ve been watching the peace service in Assisi on my computer. I caught the end of it so missed many of the speeches. These things are inevitably long but their symbolic value is immense. The event in Assisi today came at the end of a three day dialogue with religious leaders from around the world, organised by the Community of Sant’ Egidio, a catholic lay community dedicated to dialogue, reconciliation and justice. It took place thirty years to the day after the first Assisi peace summit when Pope John Paul II invited religious leaders to come together to pray for peace.
Image: ‘Whatever the Penalty: Taking a Stand’ You Tube documentary on WW1 Conscientious Objectors
This short film tells the story of an almost forgotten gathering of Conscientious Objectors in World War One at the old Quaker HQ, Devonshire House in Bishopsgate.  They represented a small minority who defied the 1916 Military Service Act - the law that introduced Conscription to Britain for the first time.   Read More...
Image: Half of the World's Disabled Children Are Out of School 'hildren with disabilities are constantly left at the very back of the queue, and the impact on both individuals and economies can be disastrous'. At least half of the world's 65 million school-age children with disabilities are kept out of the classroom because little to no money is budgeted for their needs, disability rights groups said in a report on Monday 17/10/2016. (Zoe Tabary, Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Read More...
Image: Scottish Parliamentary Motion on a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Ask your MSPs to support this motion
This week the United Nations First Committee debated setting up of a conference next year to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban treaty. In spite of the nuclear weapons states including the UK putting pressure on non nuclear states more and more are speaking up to co-sponsor the resolution.  There will be a vote on it next month and campaigners who are present are hopeful of it passing.   Read More...
Image: The Nukes of Hazard: The Dangerous Bomb Convoys on our Roads Kathleen Summers reflects on a recent meeting
It is, to say the least, disturbing to hear details of Nuclear Weapons Convoys travelling from Burghfield in the south of England to the RN submarine base at Coulport in Scotland. It was, however, no surprise to learn that such convoys present a range of dangers, according to Jane Tallents of Nukewatch   Read More...
Image: Please pray for our much loved former president Bishop John Mone RIP Bishop John died in his sleep shortly before 6am on Friday 14 October. May he rest in peace. Paisley diocesan website   
Image: Early Day Motion 523: Protecting Humanitarian Workers Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House expresses its outrage at the bombing of a UN aid convoy on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing an estimated 20 civilians and destroying 18 UN trucks and their cargo of vital supplies destined for communities in areas controlled by opponents of the Assad regime; further expresses particular concern at evidence that this was a revenge attack by Russian or Syrian government forces for an air strike the previous weekend by the US-led coalition against Daesh   Read More...
Image: Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy Consultation The Scottish Government have opened a Consultation on a Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy for Scotland. Human trafficking and exploitation are abhorrent crimes, as well as abuses of human rights and dignity. They involve trading adults and children as commodities and exploiting them for profit or personal benefit and they happen in Scotland today.
Image: Safe Passage to Europe Grace Buckley reflects on a recent meeting of the European J&P network
It seemed a far cry from the trauma of the refugees (mostly Syrian) trapped in Greece that we had witnessed in Athens in April this year to the meeting room on the 8th floor of the modern building which houses the European Parliament, but there was a link.   Read More...
Image: Justice & Peace Europe: Statement on Europe Build bridges of justice rather than walls of fear
The Final Declaration from the European Justice and Peace Commission, International Workshop and General Assembly, Luxembourg, 30 Sept-3 Oct 2016   Read More...


01/10/2016 The Edinburgh World Justice Festival till 17 Oct
01/10/2016 Black History Month
15/10/2016 UN International Day of Rural Women
16/10/2016 World food day
16/10/2016 Week of Prayer for World Peace
16/10/2016 Challenge Poverty Week
17/10/2016 Internatioanl Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18/10/2016 UK Anti-Slavery Day
23/10/2016 One World Week: 'Including You'
24/10/2016 United Nations Day
24/10/2016 World Disarmament Week
25/10/2016 19:00 Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons - CND Briefing
29/10/2016 Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Thomas Merton's Engaged Spirituality:
30/10/2016 Good Money Week
03/11/2016 10:00 Make Your Money Count - event for Good Money Week
03/11/2016 19:00 Archbishop Romero Lecture 2016 - Rutilio, Romero and Pope Francis
06/11/2016 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
06/11/2016 International Week of Science and Peace
09/11/2016 Berlin Wall opened: 1989
10/11/2016 1995 - Nine Nigerian environmentalists and human rights activest hanged
11/11/2016 TAKE ONE ACTION FILM FESTIVALS 2016 Aberdeen
13/11/2016 Death of Karen Silkwood 1975
13/11/2016 Interfaith Week 2016
14/11/2016 One Scotland? Craighead Institute open forum
16/11/2016 International Day for Tolerance
18/11/2016 TAKE ONE ACTION FILM FESTIVALS 2016 Inverness
19/11/2016 World Toilet Day
19/11/2016 Church Action on Poverty Annual Conference
20/11/2016 Universal Children's Day
20/11/2016 Prisoners Week Scotland
25/11/2016 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25/11/2016 Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion o
26/11/2016 STUC St Andrew's Day Anti Racism March and Rally

Important Resources

Image: TTIP and trade justice
A resource pack on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for churches.
Produces by Global Justice Now, the pack incorporates prayers, writings and ideas by people from a range of Christian traditions  who share a conviction that trade injustice is a barrier to the fullness of life promised by the kingdom of God.

Image: Justice & Peace Scotland Handbook