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: Give Me Five: Petition

The “Give Me Five” campaign aims to lift 30,000 children in Scotland out of poverty by increasing child benefit by £5 a week per child. While the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill is welcomed, setting out as it does ambitious targets to eradicate child poverty in Scotland by 2030, this campaign seeks urgent action now to meet the needs of the 260,000 children living in poverty in Scotland today.  

To add your support to the campaign please sign the petition and write to you MSP here   Read More...

Image: Give Me Five: Paper Petition

Download a paper petition here  

Image: Give Me Five Useful resources for Caritas Students


Justice and Peace Scotland have linked up with the Scottish Catholic Education Service to provide an opportunity for Caritas students to take part in the Give Me £5 campaign aimed at topping up child benefit.

Click on the link for a select list of resources to assist Caritas students involved in this campaign    Read More...

Image: Lord Dubs appeals for action on child refugees before new Immigration Bill

The Independent Catholic News reports that the future for lone child refugees in Europe “surrounded by sex traffickers and people smugglers” looks grim unless the British government acts quickly. 

Read the full report and please take action.

Safe Passage   

Image: How Pope Francis Reframes the Politics of Being ‘Prolife’

Commonweal reports on an in flight press conference given by by Pope Francis.

Read the article.   

Image: A Different View

Brian Quail has spent his adult life demonstrating against nuclear weapons and war.  As we approach 20th September and the ratification of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, Brian writes our latest blog and gives his personal views on the how Scotland should move forward to becoming nuclear free.


Image: Modern Slavery

The recent arrest of five people  in Surrey on suspicion of modern slavery offences has highlighted this issue once more.

ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland) Anti-Human Trafficking Group along with The Albertus Institute and Edinburgh University have organised a discussion day on slavery and human trafficking with the emphasis on Scotland.
Entitled ‘More Slaves Today than at any Time in Human History’ Exchanging Scottish and International Perspectives on Human Trafficking '  it takes place on Saturday October 7th in Edinburgh. Details.

Anti Slavery Day is on 18th October


Image: Take One Action Film Festival

Since 2008, Take One Action Film Festivals have engaged tens of thousands of people with hundreds of world-class films, showcasing inspiring stories that comment on issues of global concern.


Programme for this year's festival   

Image: Season of Creation

September saw the start of the Season of Creation (also known as Creation Time or Creationtide), when Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. The Season of Creation, which runs from 1 September to 4 October, is an opportunity to celebrate creation and contemplate our role in protecting it.

Operation Noah has produced a list of resources.   

Image: Arms Fair in London

Several blockades and actions took place against the DSEI arms fair at the Excel Centre in East London last week.


Christians arrested as thousands protest against the DSEI arms fair

No Faith in War

Protesters begin efforts to disrupt Britain's biggest arms fair   


01/09/2017 11:00 Season of Creation
12/09/2017 18:00 Refusing to Hate: A Peace Vigil for Hope
14/09/2017 18:00 Making a Place We Can All Call Home:
15/09/2017 00:00 Beach Clean 2017
16/09/2017 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
16/09/2017 09:30 Spiritual Perspectives on Love and Friendship
18/09/2017 00:00 Take One Action Film Festival
22/09/2017 International Migrants Day
23/09/2017 09:30 Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Patrick Geddes: 'spirit-in-action'
24/09/2017 15:30 Dances of Universal Peace
27/09/2017 00:00 World Tourism Day
28/09/2017 18:00 Making a Place We Can All Call Home:
30/09/2017 09:30 2-Day Retreat: From Mindfulness to Heartfulness
02/10/2017 11:00 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
06/10/2017 09:30 3-Day In-depth Retreat and Contemplative Concert with Chloe Goodchild. Retreat Title: The Naked Voic
07/10/2017 10:00 More Slaves Today than at any Time in Human History’ Exchanging Scottish...
12/10/2017 Stories from the Edge
12/10/2017 18:00 Making a Place We Can All Call Home:
13/10/2017 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
14/10/2017 09:30 Day Conference: Spiritualities and the Sacredness of the Divine Feminine and Masculine
15/10/2017 UN International Day of Rural Women
15/10/2017 00:00 Challenge Poverty Week
16/10/2017 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

Last updated: 19 September 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.