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Updates of 25th August 2019

In the midst of some lovely late summer weather, Editor Marian Thompson is pleased to be circulating the Autumn 2019 issue of MouthPeace. Details of the Liverpool Romero lecture on September 25 are to be found on page 3. Thank you to all those who sent in articles – a very good variety.

Best wishes, Marian (editor)

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for September 2019 covers a wide range of issues both in the region and around the world including the Amazon fires, campaigns to divest from fossil fuels, halt the September DSEI Arms Fair, and promote the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.  Also featured are the End Hunger UK Week of Action and the World Week of Prayer for Palestine and Israel.  A disturbing report reveals a rise in Child Poverty and we look at the ongoing damage caused by President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and gun violence in the US.  Plus a packed diary of local and national events for the Autumn.
Please pass on to others.
Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

 

Update of 23rd July 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin August 2019

As we look back on Refugee Week (17-23 June) the August edition of the Bulletin casts a spotlight on the immigration crisis on the US southern border, leading with an article by the photo-journalist who captured the tragic image of a young father who drowned with his infant daughter as thy tried to cross over from Mexico.

The current crisis, exacerbated by President Trump’s anti-immigration drive, is echoed in the less-publicised scandal of those who have died trying to find a better life in Europe.  A hard-hitting opinion piece by Sarah Teather, Director Jesuit Refugee Service, looks at the hostility directed towards asylum seekers in detention in the UK, alongside a moving essay on refugees by a young Macclesfield parishioner which forms part of her GCSE coursework.

Other topics include food poverty and a focus on the NW town of Oldham where a strong community spirit is turning the hardships in the area around.  Creation Time (1 Sept – 4 Oct is also featured with articles on Climate Change and Live Simply.  The Vatican Document on Gender Equality is welcomed by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Association of Catholic Women followed by a compassionate opinion editorial by a Dominican Sister who for the past 20 years has helped people in the transgender community in the US stay close to God and to the Catholic Church by giving space to listen to them.

All this, plus a letters page, summer reading recommendations and a packed diary of local and national events.  Please pass on to others.
Best wishes
Anne O’Connor

 

Update of 27th June 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin July 2019

Issued on the day of The Time is Now Lobby of Parliament, the July 2019 edition of the North West National Justice and Peace (NJPN) E Bulletin has a strong focus on Climate Change and environmental issues. Bruce Kent’s commitment to Justice and Peace is celebrated  as he enters his 90th year and there are challenging opinion pieces from Mary Colwell (page 1-2) and Ellen Teague (page 7).
Current campaigns feature corporate tax avoidance, Richard Ratcliffe’s hunger strike in support of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran for more than 3 years, World Refugee Day, and 5 Weeks Too Long (re Universal Credit payments). Campaign Against Arms Trade welcomes the Court of Appeal verdict overturning a 2017 High Court judgment allowing the UK to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveils a “well-being” budget to support vulnerable people and the 25th anniversary of the Fairtrade Mark and the 40th since Traidcraft was launched are celebrated.
Pax Christi news, book reviews and a comprehensive diary add up to a 15-page bulletin.

Don’t forget to book for the NJPN Annual Conference 25-28 July, run this year with Church Action on Poverty – details on page 15.

Please read and pass on.

Best wishes,  Anne O’Connor

Update of 23rd May 2019

  • Here, in time for the Spring Bank Holiday, is the Summer 2019 issue of MouthPeace magazine: MP 106 Summer 2019

 

Update of 22nd May 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin June 2019

The June edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with an account of the 2019 NJPN AGM as ‘a thriving lay-led church organisation for justice and Peace’.  Pax Christi’s AGM highlighted action for peace and non-violence including plans to expand the current schools outreach programme using a team of volunteers. Forthcoming conferences include Liverpool’s Annual Assembly on the theme of climate change, Sabeel-Kairos on building peace in the Holy Land and NJPN’s which will look at ‘Being Church on the Margins’ in collaboration with Church Action on Poverty.

We mourn the death of Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche community.
Other topics include climate change, the Arms Trade and nuclear weapons, Conscientious Objectors’ Day, violence in Gaza and the 71st anniversary of the Nakba – the forced driving out of Palestinians from their homeland, slow progress for the cause for women deacons in the Catholic Church, plus support for victims of domestic violence and abuse and the launch of a new mental health text support service.
Local reports and a packed diary add up to 18 pages of articles with links to help readers explore in more depth.
Do please pass on to others.
Best wishes
Anne O’Connor

 

Update of 29th April 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin May 2019

“With the signing of the Good Friday agreement, my generation, the children and grandchildren of the civil rights protesters were told we would be the first to enjoy peace in decades. But just because we’re not at war anymore doesn’t mean the shadow of the gunman has left the room” – the prophetic words of Lyra McKee, killed by a bullet on Easter Thursday.

The other lead story in the May edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin is Climate Change with reports of 16 year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s visit to the UK plus a new Laudato Si Centre for Salford announced by Bishop John Arnold.  Another Bishop in the news, Declan Lang of Clifton, the lead Catholic Bishop for International Affairs, urges the UK government to promote the global abolition of the death penalty. Atrocities in Sri Lanka, UK Arms sales to Yemen, a €13 billion allocation by the EU Parliament for the defence industry, the suspicious death of an environmentalist La Salle lay brother in Peru, ongoing support for migrants in Calais, activist Rachel Corrie killed whilst trying to block an Israeli armoured bulldozer in 2003 remembered, plus a focus on young people with the publication of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive! are also covered. Film and book reviews and a wide range of local events plus current news reports make for a packed bulletin.

Please feel free to pass on to others.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

 

Update of 30th March 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin April 2019

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for April 2019 leads with an article by Pax Christi’s former General Secretary Pat Gaffney looking back over her 29 years of dedicated service. An opinion piece by Dr Anna Rowlands challenges us to consider our response to the Shamima Begum case and we look too at the New Zealand  terrorist attack in a hard-hitting article by an Australian theologian. There’s a report of the annual Ash Wednesday witness for peace at the Ministry of Defence as well as a plea for an end to UK arms sales to Yemen and the disturbing news of a thanksgiving service to be held by the government at Westminster  Abbey to mark 50 years of the UK’s nuclear weapons systems.
Climate change is the subject of Bishop John Arnold’s Lent Pastoral Letter followed by the winning entry and runner-up in the Columbans’ climate change competition for young people – both excellent. An interesting article that readers may not have picked up on comments on a fact-finding visit by religious leaders from USA and South Africa to Israel and Palestine which compares racial discrimination in the former countries to the conflict in the Holy Land.  All this plus news reports, resources and a packed diary including details of the NJPN Annual Conference in July – not to be missed!.

Do please feel free to pass the bulletin on to others.

Wishing all our readers a blessed Easter.

Anne O’Connor

 

Updates of 22nd February 2019

 

January saw the passing of two priests whose lives and spirituality have nourished and inspired many in the J&P community – Fr Owen Hardwicke and Fr Tom Cullinan. The March issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin looks back on their lives and pays tributes to their ministry. Thanks are also paid to retiring NJPN Administrator Ann Kelly after 12 years of service and a warm welcome to her successor Geoff Thompson. A rousing talk by activist Phil Kingston on Christian Climate Action and the campaigning group Extinction Rebellion is also featured alongside a talk by regular contributor Ellen Teague of the Columban JPIC Team. There are reports on Holocaust Day, Child Trafficking, Pax Christi, Prison Sentencing Reforms, a Welcome Mass for LGBT+ Catholics and their families led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Women Deacons, Clerical Abuse and a wealth of Lent Resources plus a packed Diary. Please pass on to others.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

 

Update of 11th February 2019

From here and from our Resources page you can access the series of three Lent 2019 leaflets prepared by Anne O’Connor for the NJPN. Each of the leaflets is designed to be printed out in A4 3-fold format:

Update of 11th January 2019

The latest NW NJPN E Bulletin covers January to February with articles on the  recent COP24 talks in Poland, contributions from CAFOD, Christian Aid, the Fairtrade Foundation, Church Action on Poverty, Pax Christi, the Conference of Religious and the Jesuit Refugee Service, plus a packed diary of NW and national events.  Look out too for an interesting opinion piece from Professor Paul Rogers from the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University. Regular guest contributor Jon Kuhrt, former Director of the West London Mission, has been appointed as a specialist advisor with the government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative team. We wish him every success.

Please free to pass on to others.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

 

Updates of 28th November 2018

  • As the weather gets colder, MouthPeace Editor Marian Thompson is pleased to publish the Winter issue of the quarterly journal :   MP 104 Winter 2018-19
  • Advent Reflections 2018:  Go to our Resources page to see the week-by-week series of  reflections prepared by Anne O’Connor. Please copy and pass round as you wish.
  • NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin December 2018

The December NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with a hard-hitting Remembrance Day homily by a Leicestershire priest, plus a reflection, also making links to the Arms Trade, from Christine Allen of Christian Aid, the newly appointed Director for CAFOD.  Several pages are devoted to highlights from the UN Special Rapporteur’s damning analysis of poverty in the UK.  Climate change also features extensively as well as book reviews and a comprehensive diary going right through till March 2019.

Do please pass on to others.

Wishing all our readers the joys of the Christmas season and a peaceful New Year.

Anne O’Connor

Update of 24th October 2018:

The November NW NJPN E Bulletin celebrates the canonisation of Oscar Romero and features his final homily, cut short by an assassin’s bullet.  Other articles this month highlight Bishop Mark O’Toole’s Pastoral Letter on Clergy Abuse and the Youth Synod’s discussion of sexual abuse of minors plus the role of women in the Church; Christian Aid’s warning of the danger of ‘playing politics with aid’; a new document on ‘A Catholic Approach to Sentencing Reform’  for England and Wales; Nobel Prize Peace winners; peace issues including the 100th anniversary of WWI; Mental Health Day and suicide prevention;  Tax Justice;  Fracking protestors freed; Climate Change;  Fairtrade; Homeless street deaths; film and theatre reviews and a packed diary.

The bulletin is being mailed a week early in time for the forthcoming diary dates. Please enjoy and pass on to others.

Best wishes,  Anne O’Connor

 

Update of 29th September 2018:

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for October 2018 leads with extracts from a series of report by journalists Ellen Teague of the Columbans and Josephine Siedlecka, editor of Independent Catholic News following their recent participation on the biennial seminar for Catholic journalists ‘The Church Up Close’.  270 delegates from the six faith groups of Churches Together in England met to strengthen their commitment to working together with Jesus at the centre of their common mission.  Campaign updates from Aid to the Church in Need, CAFOD, Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty are included as well as a briefing from the Catholic Association for Racial Justice entitled ‘Defining Anti-Semitism’. There are opinion pieces from Robert A.H.Cohen and Jim Wallis (Sojourners) and environmental policies are highlighted plus changes in J&P personnel and the sad news that Traidcraft can no longer break even and is likely to cease trading at the end of the year.  All this and a packed diary!  Enjoy and pass on to others!

NB: Late addition – a report of the controversial sentencing of four activists for a peaceful protest against fracking in Lancashire with a link to a powerful video outlining their actions.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 23rd August 2018:

The September issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin is being mailed earlier than usual to ensure information on two key events at the start of the month reaches readers in good time – resources to help celebrate Creation Time (1 Sept – 4 Oct) and details of the comprehensive parallel programme to Adoremus, the Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress of the Bishops of England and Wales to be held in Liverpool 7-9 Sept.

Other topics featured are Israel’s new Nation-State Law, condemned by world renowned Jewish musician Daniel Barenboim as “a clear form of apartheid;” the text of the Hiroshima Peace Declaration on the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bomb; an address by Dr Ray Towey at the Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter ecumenical service; the Catholic Church’s new teaching on the death penalty; Pope Francis’ message to a conference on theological ethics; a homily to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the birth of Oscar Romero, soon to be canonised; the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport; ethical farmed animal welfare; a letter from a young carer; an extract from a 2017 interview with Kofi Annan who died recently plus a packed diary of events across the NW region.

Also attached is a calendar for Creation Time with a short reflection or action for each day.  I’ve adapted this from the excellent resource compiled by St Alban’s Macclesfield, making it more general.  I’m sorry it goes upside down on the second page when printed  – I lack the technical expertise to rectify this.  It looks fine online.  If you want to print it I suggest either just using the calendar page or printing as two separate sheets.

Please feel free to use any of the material sent either for individual use or in groups.
Best wishes
Anne O’Connor

 

Update of 13th August 2018:

  • Here is the latest issue of MouthPeace, available to view here on the website, a few days in advance of the circulation of the printed copies: MP 103 Autumn 2018

MP 103 cover page

 

Update of 27th July 2018:

In a bumper Summer issue the NW NJPN E BULLETIN for August 2018 opens with reports from the July 2018 NJPN Conference ‘In the shelter of each other the people live’ and closes with extensive coverage of the National Pilgrimage and Conference Adoremus with parallel programmes for adults and young people to be held in Liverpool 7-9 September 2018. There are opinion pieces on President Trump; concerns over the impact of Armed Forces Day events held in June; a powerful declaration from the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Nicaragua following recent violence and repression by the pro-government paramilitary; reports of a Women’s Peace initiative in Syria and a Peace-making Forum between young Christians and Muslims plus an escalation of tension in the Holy Land; Rural Housing Week news; resources for Creation Time; book reviews and a packed diary of events across the North West.

Do please share with others and feel free to reproduce any of the material within.  It’s encouraging to hear back from readers as to how they’ve use information or resources – please keep your comments coming in.

Update of 28th June 2018:

The July edition of the NJPN NW E Bulletin leads with reactions to President Trump’s inhumane separation of children from their parents at the US/Mexico border – a policy which an opinion piece in this week’s Sojourners’ magazine calls a ‘Kairos moment’.  There are details of a national information-gathering campaign launched by the Catholic Church and the Church of England using a download app to help drivers combat modern slavery in hand car washes, reports of recent events and campaigns and a wide range of resources including those for the Season of Creation (1 September – 4 October).  There are still places available for the Annual J&P Conference 20-22 July in Swanwick, Derbyshire plus an extensive programme of  parallel events surrounding Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress to be held in Liverpool 7-9 September.

Update of 28th May 2018:

  • Anne O’Connor’s former colleague Frank Kennedy has asked her to pass on the following information about an event on 7 June which may be of interest to anyone in the Liverpool area:

4th Annual Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate

 

Update of 26th May 2018:

The June 2018 issue of the NW NJPN E BULLETIN is packed with news, articles and a full diary including a parallel programme of events in Liverpool from 7-9 September around the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress of the Bishops of England and Wales.  Also featured is the rousing address, with its strong Justice and Peace content, by the US Leader of the Episcopal Church, Rev Michael Curry, at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

This issue is being mailed only to those who have responded to the new Data Protection regulations (see notes below).  Do please pass the bulletin on to others and encourage them to sign up: please contact the Editor, Anne O’Connor, anneoc980@hotmail.com

 

Update of 23rd May 2018:

  • Here is the latest issue of MouthPeace, available to view here on the website, just a few days in advance of the circulation of the printed copies:  MP 102 Summer 2018

N.B: This issue comes with this message from the Editor:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING DATA  PROTECTION

As you may be aware,  Data Protection legislation is changing on May 25th 2018 and I need your express permission if you want to continue to receive MouthPeace by email.  I will continue to protect your privacy and not share your email details with anyone.  

Please reply to this email  stating clearly that you are happy to continue to receive Mouthpeace by email to  marian37et@gmail.com  Your contact email will be removed from MouthPeace distribution list if you do not give permission  for us to hold this information.

Many thanks, Marian Thompson, Editor MouthPeace

 

Update of 1st May 2018:

Syria and Windrush are just two of the current hot topics covered in a bumper edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin for May 2018. A diverse range of articles includes the UK Government’s proposals to tackle plastic pollution, a first-hand report on local community projects in the Philippines, peace issues, book and theatre reviews, as well as a packed diary of events across the NW region.

  • Readers are reminded of the NEW DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS. Data Protection legislation is changing in May 2018 and we need your express permission if you want to continue to receive information from the North West National Justice and Peace Network by email – this includes the regular E Bulletin and occasional seasonal Resources.
  • We will continue to protect your privacy and promise never to share your email details with anyone.     Please reply to the Editor, Anne O’Connor (anneoc980@hotmail.com) by email by 18 MAY, stating clearly that you are happy to continue to receive email communications from NW NJPN.
  • If you do not reply we will not be allowed to send you any further bulletins or resources.
  • If you have already responded to a similar request from the National J&P Network you will still have to respond to this email, as we cover the NW region only. However readers from outside our region are still very welcome and we would be delighted to continue to include you in our mailings. Apologies if you are on more than one North West list – you only need respond once.
  • Please state your full name, email address and, only if you are willing, your parish and or diocese – this is purely to get an idea of the geographical spread of our readers and will not be used for marketing purposes or passed on to others.  If you wish to make any comments or suggestions to help improve the bulletin they will be treated in complete confidence. 

Anne O’Connor

 

Update of 28th March 2018:

The April issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with CAFOD’s joyful response to the news that Oscar Romero is to be declared a Saint.   Two young people from very different backgrounds are featured: a 16-year-old former migrant and Muslim girl, winner of the Columban’s young journalist competition, celebrating the love and acceptance shown by her local Catholic school community and a rousing speech, inspired by Dr Martin Luther King, from an 18-year-old African-American student from a poor area of Chicago at the March For Our Lives anti-gun rally in the US, a movement organised by teenagers following the Florida school mass shooting. Inspirational words too from Professor Stephen Hawkins, who died recently, nearly fifty years after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease, and the profound last words of Internet guru Steve Jobs plus reports of recent events, a book review of a chilling undercover operation to discover how the low-waged are treated in Britain, and a comprehensive diary of events across the NW for April to June.

We wish all our readers the joys and blessings of the Easter season.   Anne O’Connor

 

Update of 2nd March 2018:

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for March opens with a letter from several leading charities working overseas including OXFAM, CAFOD, Christian Aid and Save the Children, pledging stricter safe-guarding controls in response to the recent scandal reported in The Times.  There is also a first-hand account by peace activist Henrietta Cullinan of her recent trial and acquittal for non-violent direct action in protest against the DSEI Arms Fair in London. Regional reports feature alongside national campaigns and the usual packed diary of local events.

Update of 21st February 2018:

  • Here’s the latest issue of MouthPeace magazine, available a few days in advance of the circulation of the printed copies:  MP 101 Spring 2018

MP 101 Spring 2018 (2).pub

Update of 20th January 2018:

The February NW NJPN Newsletter has a packed diary of events around the region plus in-depth articles and reports of recent events.

  •  See our Resources Page for Lent 2018  leaflets: Lenten Journey, Stations of the Cross, and Stations of the Cross for Young People.

 

 

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