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: Holy Thursday Revolution

In our latest blog Sr Isabel Smyth reflects on the Easter Triduum and presents a positive view of the church which goes some way to addressing the recent despairing reports on the decline in church attendance in Scotland. Reproduced by kind permission of www.interfaith Journeys.net.   Read More...

Image: Scottish Imam talks refugees and religion with Pope Francis

An Edinburgh Imam who met Pope Francis last Month has said the Holy Father is building a friendship between Christianity and Islam.   Read More...

Image: The Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone - Pope Francis

Pope Francis releases a TED talk emphasising equality and solidarity between all peoples and all faiths.   Read More...

Image: UK to take 130 more lone refugee children

Peer criticises ‘shocking mistake’ as ministers say ‘administrative error’ meant they underestimated available places.   Read More...

Image: Ask an Election Question

A UK general election has been called for 8 June 2017. Now is a vital opportunity to speak up for the poorest communities and work together for the common good. We must encourage and challenge all political parties and candidates to show how they will do the same.   Read More...

Image:  Over 65's not claiming the benefits they are due

Over 200,000 over-65s in Scotland are struggling financially, according to new research for Age Scotland.

The charity said despite one in five pensioners struggling, an estimated £292 million in Pension Credit and Housing Benefit is going unclaimed each year.   Read More...

Image: Is your favourite fashion brand ethical?

Find out more in the latest 2017 Ethical Fashion report just released by Baptist World Aid Australia. It surveys the practices of 106 companies these include leading Australian brands as well as multinationals operating in Europe and USA. It considers all stages of the production process from raw materials sourcing, manufacturing and the use of child and forced labour and the payment of a living wage. The website provides details on the methodology used and case studies.   Read More...

Image: Launch of a Global Campaign on Military Spending

A week ago the Ministry of Defence proudly announced that the UK is "stepping up across the globe: the fifth largest defence budget in the world and largest in Europe, rising by around £1Bn a year" How will this promote sustainable security with research and investment into those things that will keep us truly safe?   Read More...

Image: COMPETITION Win a place at Scotland's Nonviolence Conference

Are you aged between 18-25 years old and interested in nonviolence?  If so,  Justice and Peace Scotland are providing a funded place at the Scottish Nonviolence Conference - 'Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence'.  The conference will take place at St Mary's Monastery, Kinnoul, Perth from 14-16th July 2017.  For more information on the conference and details of how to enter our competition.   Read More...

Image:  Scottish Churches Housing Action A Tale of Intergenerational Working, Parish Education and Raffle Tickets

In our latest blog Miriam McHardy, the Catholic rep on the board of Scottish Churches Housing Action reflects on Homelessness in Scotland and what inspires people of all faiths to come together to work for change.   Read More...

Last updated: 28 April 2017

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.