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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Operation Noah, an organisation providing a Christian response to the climate crisis, has issued its October Newsletter.   

Image: Romero - Heartbeat of El Salvador

Rise Theatre Company's production of Romero - Heartbeat of El Salvador is coming to Scotland with performances in Edinburgh on 3rd November and Glasgow on 4th.

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The SFAR October Newsletter is now out.

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Image: Faith, Works, Love, Mercy Ross Ahlfeld reflects on his involvement with the Catholic Worker Movement


If you’ve never heard of the Catholic Worker then the first thing to say is that Catholic Workers aren’t any better or worse than any other group of Catholics and don’t claim to be. Neither are Catholic Workers a bunch of Communists revolutionaries or hippy liberals seeking to subvert the Church. It’s also a myth to say Catholic Workers are anti-clerical.   Read More...

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The October issue of our E-Newletter is now available. 

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Image: Campaigners to lobby MPs for Calais' unaccompanied minors

A new ICN article reports that thousands of refugee children are at risk in Europe right now. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 unaccompanied children in France, who are legally entitled to live in the UK.   Read More...

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Our new blog is written by Kathy Galloway and explores poetry and how it is often used in struggles for justice.     Read More...

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Pope Francis has designated a World Day of the Poor on the 19th November.

The Holy Father is encouraging Catholics to do something practical to help those marginalised in our society.   Read More...

Image: Daily Prayers for Challenge Poverty Week

Challenge Poverty Week 2017 takes place on 15-21 October and as a way to highlight this week, the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office have produced a resource, ‘Prayers to Confront Poverty in Scotland’ with a prayer for each day of the week - from different Christian denominations and groups.   Read More...

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Bar Human Rights Committee says applications have not had proper decisions and condemns UK’s limits on Dubs scheme.    Read More...


15/10/2017 UN International Day of Rural Women
15/10/2017 00:00 Challenge Poverty Week
16/10/2017 00:00 World Food Day
17/10/2017 Internatioanl Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18/10/2017 UK Anti-Slavery Day
21/10/2017 09:30 Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Spiritual and Integral Ecology Perspectives on Art,
22/10/2017 16:00 Edinburgh 5 Hour Kirtan
24/10/2017 United Nations Day
24/10/2017 19:30 Faith based responses to refugee integration in West Lothian
26/10/2017 18:00 Making a Place We Can All Call Home:
28/10/2017 09:30 2-Day Retreat: Trapezes, Clowns and Masks: the Life and Spiritual Vision of Henri J. M. Nouwen.
28/10/2017 10:30 Church and Peace Regional Gathering
31/10/2017 00:00 World Cities Day
01/11/2017 00:00 All Saints Day
02/11/2017 00:00 All Souls Day
03/11/2017 19:00 Romero - Heartbeat of El Salvador
04/11/2017 00:00 Day of Prayer for Anglican - Roman Catholic Reconciliation
05/11/2017 World Community Day
06/11/2017 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
06/11/2017 00:00 International week of Science and Peace
09/11/2017 00:00 1989 ; Berlin Wall opened
10/11/2017 1995 - Nine Nigerian environmentalists and human rights activest hanged
11/11/2017 00:00 Remembrance (Armistice) Day
13/11/2017 Death of Karen Silkwood 1975
14/11/2017 00:00 World Diabetes Day
14/11/2017 18:30 Balfour Declaration 100 years on
16/11/2017 International Day for Tolerance
20/11/2017 Universal Children's Day
21/11/2017 00:00 World Television Day
25/11/2017 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Last updated: 21 October 2017

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In this week's blog Ross Ahlfeld writes of his experiences as a member of Glasgow Catholic Worker.




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

October's campaign is on the UK's role in the African Debt Crisis. 

Ask your MP to support new regulations on debt transparency by signing Early Day Motion 158

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

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.