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Dear Friends,
Apologies for the delay in getting the e-bulletin out. As you know we had our AGM and Networking Day three weeks ago. I then had a busy couple of weeks, and in the meantime, Anne O'Connor produced her excellent NW NJPN E-Bulletin to fill the gap. If you haven't read it yet, you can follow the link in the Newsletters Section below.

We still have space if you haven't yet signed up to attend the Conference. Details of how to book are available through our website here.  There are also more details in the Climate/Environment Section below.

I was originally going to keep this e-bulletin shorter than usual as I have had a couple of comments as to how much information is packed into this e-bulletin, and the feeling was that people start to read it and then struggle to finish it. Unfortunately, I failed miserably, given the amount of information that had been sent to me for inclusion! (and the fact it should have been sent yesterday, and I am still working on it on Monday!)
I would be grateful for any feedback about the length of the e-bulletin, and whether you prefer more information, or less. 
I am also well aware that in the last five weeks since this was last produced, many things have happened in the world - the escalation of the situation in Israel/Palestine (which we did cover in our Urgent Action a couple of weeks ago), plus the rapid increase in Covid-related deaths in India, which is covered in the NW E-Bulletin. I have therefore put only minimal information about those ongoing situations.

The next bulletin will be out, God willing, in two weeks time, the 13th June. If you have something you particularly want shared, please send it to:-  This email address is usually only monitored when the e-bulletin is being prepared, so please do not expect an immediate answer when sending anything.

God bless, and enjoy the beginning of the better weather!
Sharon (Editor)

E-Bulletin Contents: -


News and Comment
1.    Climate / Environment Issues
2.    Palestine/Israel
3.    NJPN column in the Universe
4.    Refugees/Migrants
5.   UK - Fuelled domestic militarisation
6.    Genocide in Ethiopia
7.    Update on Fr. Stan Swamy
8.   Southwark Archdiocese introduces new ethical
                               investment policy

9.   Renate Anti-Trafficking Short Film Competition
10. Big problems with BP's Net Zero Claims
11. Pax Christ Peace Award 2021 

 12.  NW NJPN mid-May/June 2021
 13 . NJPN Newsletter
 14.  Mouthpeace Summer 2021
 15.  Salesians March 2021
 16.  Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility
 17. Biofuelwatch May 2021
 18. London Mining Network May 2021
 19. Mary's Meals Spring/Summer 2021
 20. Church Action on Poverty 

 21. Campaign Against the Arms Trade
 22. Christian CND - Ploughshare Plus April 2021
 23. Lancaster Faith and Justice April 2021

Events (***This Week***)

 24. ***1st June*** Gearing up for Glasgow: COP26
 25. ***2nd June*** The Frontlines of Peace
***2nd - 4th June*** Women, Solidarity and Ecology
 27. ***3rd June*** Palestine Rises: The Ongoing Resistance
 28.  7th June - London Mining Network Annual Gathering
 29. 10th June - 'Digital Activism and Online Security' (CAAT)
 30. 11th - 13th June - Friends of the Earth 'Groundswell'
 31. 14th June - Make COP count
. 16th June - World Refill Day
 33. 17th June - Refugee Lens Investing

 34. 23rd June - Introduction to Challenge Poverty Week
 35. 24th June - Launch of 'Plenty'
 36. 24th - 25th June - Life on the Breadline
                                                 End of Project Conference

 37. 23rd - 25th July - NJPN Conference
 38. 2nd October - Christian CND AGM

 39. 11th-17th October - Challenge Poverty Week

 40. Bombs Away Digital Exhibition
 41. Critical Opportunities in 2021 to Create Change

42. Stop aid cuts to Burma
43. Divert military spending to Covid relief
44. Safe routes for children seeking refuge
45. Join in the #WaveofHope

The Last Word
 46. A Poem from Michael Pulham and How Much is Enough

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As a change, this week we have two Actions, both climate-related. This is a really important year as we are given the chance to make a difference as a country, given that we are hosting both the G7 and COP26. 
Let's seize that moment!


ACTION 1 - Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition

Our common home and common family are suffering. The climate emergency is causing rising seas, a warmer planet, and more extreme weather. It’s devastating the lives of our poorest sisters and brothers.
At the same time, biologists estimate that we’re driving species to extinction at a rate of 100 to 1,000 times their usual rate.

“We have no such right” (Laudato Si’ 33).


The year 2021

We have an opportunity like no other.

At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in October, world leaders can set meaningful targets to protect creation.

In November, at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), countries will announce their plans to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.

Ahead of those meetings, it is our responsibility as Catholics to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and advocate on their behalf. We must act now.

Please check out more details and sign The Catholic Petition now!

ACTION 2 - Help us send a message to G7 leaders on 10 June

Boris Johnson is getting ready to host some of the world’s most powerful leaders at a meeting in Cornwall in just a couple of weeks’ time.

It will be a big moment, one which will see the heads of government from the G7 group of countries – including President Biden – travel to the UK to work on plans for how we rebuild from the pandemic. 

But Pope Francis has warned that people in the world’s poorest communities are too often forgotten by decision makers – so we want to tell the G7 leaders that they have to plan for a global recovery which leaves no one behind.

Although we can’t all travel to Cornwall in person to send this message, it doesn’t stop us coming together online in an act of witness. 

So, instead, CAFOD would like to invite you to join them from your laptop, tablet or phone at an event on Thursday 10 June at 7:00pm which will be livestreamed from Truro Cathedral.

For more details, and to register, click here.

Thank You.


1. Climate/Environment Issues

Wasteminster: a Downing Street Disaster (includes an Action)

Greenpeace have produced this video about the UK Government fuelling the plastic crisis. It starts off a bit tongue in cheek, but as it goes on, it gives a very sobering message. A disgraceful situation from a country that is hosting the COP26 later on this year. Mr. Johnson and friends, you should be ashamed of yourselves...but then, so should we, sadly.
Greenpeace are also asking that you share details of what is going on with our plastic waste on Twitter or on Facebook. Click here to join in.

Church divestment from fossil fuels is a 'moral imperative'

An official in the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development urged Catholic institutions around the world to divest from fossil fuels, calling it a moral and theological imperative and a response to Pope Francis' groundbreaking encyclical on the environment.

"We know that the fossil fuels are causing the climate crisis and destroying our planet. Still, we keep on investing [in] the dirty fossil fuels," said Salesian Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam, head of the dicastery's ecology and creation sector, referring to it as a schizophrenic act. "It is a physical imperative that we change course, that we divest."

Read Brian Roewe's full article through National Catholic Reporter.

Columban Missionaries launch biodiversity podcast

Ellen Teague writes:-' Rev. Tim Mulroy, Superior General of the Columban Missionaries explains how, to celebrate World Biodiversity Day on 22nd May, the society has released the Columban Biodiversity Podcast: 'Jubilee for the Earth'.

'The podcast is also a Columban contribution to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ Decade which launches on 24 May. We are committed to the principles of Laudato Si’ as central to our ongoing “ecological conversion”. We have joined the Laudato Si’ Action Platform as a participating organisation as well as an organisation that has developed the Platform. Our missionary experience has taught as that all creation forms one Earth community. All are necessary and important. We need an economic and social order that collaborates mutually with the whole of God’s creation as well as a spirituality of care and relationship.'
Read the full article and listen to the podcast through the Columban Missionaries website.

Caritas Uganda bemoans growing environmental disasters due to deforestation

In a meeting on the 20th May, Caritas Uganda said that Uganda is losing up to 55,000 acres every year due to deforestation. The environment is being destroyed, and is causing a problem to the people, such as drought and declining farm yields, flooding, and landslides. The full article is available from aciafrica here.

Vatican launches seven year Laudato Si Action Platform

Cardinal Turkson,  Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, introduced this "action-oriented" project at a Tuesday morning press conference for the conclusion of the Laudato Si' Year. The Action Platform is seen in the context of the numerous initiatives that marked the Year, including the recently concluded Laudato Si' Week, the Season of Creation last fall, and the Economy of Francis event in February. He presented the Platform as being a 'seven year journey towards integral ecology.'
The rest of the story is available from ICN.

NJPN Conference 2021 - 'Action for Life on Earth'

Ellen Teague writes: - The National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) annual conference 23-25 July still plans to go ahead face to face. Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change, has now joined the list of speakers on the theme, ‘2021: Life on Earth – moment of truth’.
Others include Lorna Gold, Chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and Bishop John Arnold, lead bishop in England and Wales on Environment. CAFOD’s Director Christine Allen is the chair.
Workshops will look into ‘Just Transition’ in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow, and other issues such as ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, ‘Water Management in a Changed Climate’ and ‘Conflict and the Environment’. Inspired by Laudato Si’, the conference aims to equip people in the justice and peace movement to address the root causes of all symptomatic concerns for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

Further Details and how to book are available through our website.

Also, The Just Fair at the Annual Justice & Peace Conference hosts a range of organisations offering resources, information, fair trade goods and opportunities for action. To book a stall, contact the Just Fair Manager, Ann Kelly on, 07890 066 309.

2. Palestine and Israel (includes an Action)

Have UK-made Arms been used in the bombardment of Gaza?

Campaign against Arms Trade writes: -'This month's latest bombardment of Gaza has left, to date, 219 people dead, including 63 children, with hundreds injured and over 58,000 people homeless and seeking refuge. Homes have been destroyed, the offices of media organisations and health clinics have been bombed - including Gaza's only COVID-19 testing lab.

CAAT is calling for an immediate investigation into whether UK-made arms have been used in the ongoing bombardment of Gaza.

We know that during this month's attacks, Israeli forces have used advanced F-35 fighter jets. We also know that 15% of the value of each aircraft is made here in the UK, with arms producers boasting that "the fingerprints of British ingenuity" are vital to the warplanes. Reports also point to the use of F-16 fighter jets and Apache helicopters, both of which include UK-made components and have played a key role in the bombing and were "almost certainly" used during Israel's 2009 bombing campaign in Gaza.'

CAAT are asking that you email your MP today and demand that the UK Government act now to end their complicity in these atrocities.

Biden's bomb sales can only make a terrible situation worse

When my son told me over a week or so that President Biden's administration had signed a deal to supply Israel with $735 million worth of arms, I didn't believe him. Like many people, I was hugely relieved when Biden won the Presidency, and believed him to be a man of integrity. This news made me very disappointed. Obviously, like most things that hit the headlines, there is more to this than meets the eye, and it turns out that the deal was signed off on earlier on the year, before the latest escalation in violence. However, that doesn't make it right, and the US House Democrats offered a resolution to block the sale, according to Reuters. Sadly though, according to this article, it is unlikely that the resolution will get anywhere. 
As CAAT says 'it can only make a terrible situation worse.'

Police begin mass arrests of Palestinian citizens in Israel and conduct more raids on the West Bank

On the 24th May the Israeli police launched mass arrests of Palestinian citizens, as part of a crackdown on protests against Israel's brutal regime. According to Independent Catholic News, thousands of Israeli border police started a detention campaign to arrest more than 500 Palestinian citizens of Israel. The full report, including details of the raids on the West Bank, is available to read through ICN.

Latin Patriarch calls for rebuilding of 'deeply wounded' relationships in Israel - Palestine 

Again, through Independent Catholic News, is the copy of the message that the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, has sent to the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, calling for the setting aside of mutual hatreds and a commitment to the rebuilding of 'deeply wounded' relationships that will lead to a lasting peace in the Holy Land. He finishes off by asking for prayers for the Church of Jerusalem. You can find the message here.

Bishops call on Government to take rights-based approach to
peace-making in the Israel - Palestine conflict.

The Anglican Bishop of Southwark and the Catholic Bishop of Clifton have written to the British government to reinforce the calls of Christian leaders in the Holy Land for the international community to help end the human rights violations and unjustifiable violence of recent days which harms all people, and which will have long lasting implications for the region. Bishop Declan Lang, Catholic Bishop of Clifton and Bishop Christopher Chessun, Anglican Bishop of Southwark were annual visitors to the Holy Land, pre-Covid times, supporting the region's Christian community, as well as promoting dialogue and peace. The full report is available from CBCEW.

3. NJPN Column in the Universe

A selection from the various columns that have appeared in the Universe over the last few weeks:-

Matt Jeziorski, Executive Committee Member of Pax Christi

'Pilgrimage of Peace

Matt talks about the Pilgrimage of Peace that was arranged by Pax Christi England and Wales this month, and about the Catholic conscientious objectors that have inspired him to cycle fifty miles. You can read his column here.

Paul Southgate is a member of the J&P Co-ordinating Council in Hexham & Newcastle 
Diocese, and Chair of the National Justice & Peace Network (NJPN)

'Hell is a Dustbowl'


Paul starts by talking about his allotment and the soil, and likens the the feeding of the plants and soil, to justice and peace. 'Goodness, together with love, justice and solidarity are not achieved once and for all; they have to be realised each day” (Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti.) 'He then goes onto talk about Conversion, and in particular ecological conversion. The full article can be found here.

Barbara Butler is Executive Secretary of Christians Aware, an ecumenical member of the NJPN.

'Covid 19 Around the World – and the Need to Vaccinate'

As the title suggests, Barbara talks about the situation around the world with Covid-19, and that people in the poorer parts of the world have suffered badly, and how imperative it is that everyone has access to the vaccine. It is available to read here.

Phil Kingston is a founder member of Christian Climate Action

'The Holy Spirit in our Mission'

'Pope Francis’ book’ Let Us Dream’ is one which brings me new life, principally because he places the Holy Spirit in a central role in our Church. This is something which I rarely find in the UK Church nor in other Churches in the materially rich countries.' 
Phil then goes onto talk about various things that Pope Francis has written about Catholic Social Teaching. You can read it on the NJPN website here. 

As usual, our thanks go to our friends at The Universe for supporting us. If you would like to take out a subscription to their newspaper, please follow this link.

4. Refugees/Migrants 

Being Human in the Asylum System

On Wednesday evening JRS UK held the latest in its Accompaniment in Action online events, a series which has been looking at how our mission of accompaniment plays in to all our work. The discussion presented findings of JRS’s most recent report “Being Human in the Asylum System” and invited refugee friends to speak about their own experiences struggling with the asylum process . Director of JRS UK Sarah Teather and Policy Officer Dr Sophie Cartwright introduced the report, its inspiration and its recommendations. You can read more about it through JRS here.

Praying with Detainees - May 2021

If you subscribe to the JRS News, then you will have seen this come through. I thought it worthy to include here as it tells about those who have come for a better life, and yet find themselves herded into Napier Barracks. 
Sophie is the JRS UK Senior Policy Officer:-

'Yesterday, with the JRS detention outreach team, I visited the disused barracks turned asylum accommodation at Napier. The setting is bleak, institutional, and prison-like. It is gated and flanked by security guards. The buildings are largely dilapidated, dark, and cold. The site is removed from the nearby town. It is the recent site of a severe COVID-19 outbreak, predicted by public health authorities who were ignored. The setting itself seems calculated to generate hopelessness. And such hopelessness is mirrored in the responses of the newly arrived.
Whilst I was there yesterday, asylum claimants newly arrived at Napier barracks, many from temporary hotel accommodation elsewhere in the UK. They had either not been told where they were going, or had been given the impression that they were being taken to longer term dispersal accommodation – likely a flat in a town or city somewhere. We saw and spoke to people shocked at being there – one of whom tried simply to refuse to get out of the van when they saw where they were. Hope of a more secure home turned to horror when they noticed their surroundings.
This is not only about accommodation. Many of those accommodated at Napier do not have solicitors, and good ones are hard to find. As all of their hope hangs on the outcome of their asylum interview, they struggle to access the basic tools to help them navigate it.
And yet, there is hope here still. Some of the men accommodated here laughed and chatted with us. Others asked us to pray for the outcome of their asylum interviews. Down the road, out of a local church hall, JRS and other charities come together to run a day centre offering food, tea and coffee, activities, and a safer, more comfortable space to listen to people, link them up with legal support, and have a simple human conversation.

God can be hard to find in bleak places, but God is there. And as we pray with those in Napier, we can rejoice in their tiny moments of rejoicing. We also weep with them as we weep.

In solidarity,

Police criminalising Asylum Seekers provide a 'charter for trafficking'

Bishop William Kenney CP, a member of the Santa Marta Group, has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel with a strong message about the UK Government’s New Plan for Immigration.
Whilst welcoming the government’s commitment to ensuring that police and courts have the necessary powers to bring perpetrators of modern slavery to justice, while giving victims the support they need to rebuild their lives, Bishop Kenney expresses serious reservations over elements of the new immigration plan. Bishop Kenney's doubts, and his letter to Priti Patel, are available to read through the CBCEW website.

5. UK-Fuelled Domestic Militarisation

A year after George Floyd was murdered, Campaign Against the Arms Trade condemns the UK's role in arming repression around the world. To read what they have to say, get involved, and for a link to the Black Lives Matter website, click here.
6. Ethiopia: Genocide is happening in Tigray

According to Aid to the Church in Need, Eritrean soldiers are continuing to slaughter innocent people belonging to the Tigrayan ethnic group of Northern Ethiopia.
Young people in particular are being targetted, and there are indiscriminate killings, as well as sexual violence, including the rape of nuns. Full details are available from the ACN website.

7. Update on Fr. Stan Swamy

Fr Stan Swamy is unfortunately ill with suspected Covid-19. On the 18th May, the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuits reported that he was gravely ill but still in prison. The statement is reported on in the Independent Catholic News.
More recently, The Hindu has reported that he has now tested positive for Covid-19 and as of the 29th May he was taken to a private hospital at instructions from the Bombay High Court. Advocate Mihir Desai, appearing for the Jesuit priest, told the court on May 29th that Fr. Swamy had agreed to move to a private hospital and would bear his own expenses.
Please continue to pray for Fr Stan.

8. Southwark Archdiocese introduces new ethical investment policy

Phil Kerton writes for ICN: - 'In following up an enquiry from Operation Noah, forwarded by a member of the Southwark JPIC Commission, Bishop Paul Hendricks confirmed that the diocese no longer holds shares in fossil fuel companies. Looking further into this matter, we heard from the Chief Operating Officer for the diocese, Paul McCallum, that this results from the adoption of a new Ethical Investment Policy, which is outlined in the most recent annual submission from the diocese to the Charity Commission.'
As well as checking there is no investment in fossil fuels, the Diocese also looks at investments in companies involved in alcohol, tobacco, fossil fuels, armaments, gambling or adult entertainment. Good news indeed!
The full article is available through ICN here.

9. Renate Anti-Trafficking Short Film Competition

RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) is inviting 16-24 year-olds in European countries to join its mission to tackle human trafficking by entering a film competition. The competition is running now.

Entrants are invited to produce a short film individually or as part of a team, up to four minutes long, around the slogan ‘Slavery - Human Trafficking - Near YOU!', and some or all of the tags #StopTheDemand, #BreakTheChains, #EndTheCycleTOGETHER.
Competition winners will receive £2000 for first place, £1000 for second place, and £500 for third place. If entering as a team, the prize money is per entry, so will be shared between team members. 
The deadline date of entry is mid-August 2021. For more information:
Winning entries will also be shown in London at RENATE’s Film Festival, which will take place on 12 September 2021 across two venues in London. [This was originally scheduled for 18 October 2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19.]
The first place winner will be shown at BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), and all three winning entries will be shown at the Royal Society of Arts.
Pope Francis has described human trafficking as a ‘crime against humanity’.
RENATE endeavours to abolish all forms of human trafficking and exploitation that violate the human dignity and rights of persons. Throughout its European Network, RENATE adopts a Victim-Centred, Human Rights, Trauma-informed approach in relation to the Law.

10. Big problems with BP's Net Zero Claims

In February 2020, BP announced with a fanfare its ambition to become 'net zero' by 2050. That might sound like an impressive about-turn for one of the world's biggest polluters. But while in some ways it's a step in the right direction, sadly that's all it is. BP's 'ambition' is full of loopholes and doesn't go anywhere nearly far enough - or fast enough - to curb climate breakdown. In fact, the absolute emissions from the products BP sells will continue to grow until at least 2030.
More details and a video are available to watch here.

11. Pax Christi Peace Award 2021

Pat Gaffney, through Independent Catholic News, writes:- 'The gifts and talents of Ellen Teague and John Williams, recipients of the Pax Christi 2021 Peace Award, were celebrated with great thanks at the Pax Christi AGM on 22 May. Since 2001 Pax Christi has offered this bi-annual Peace Award to those who have shown a commitment for peace and justice but whose work may not be publicly recognised. Both happen to be Pax Christi members but the award sought to recognise the great breadth of their commitment to the Gospels.'

Pat goes onto tell of the decades of work that Ellen has put in through the various strands of justice and peace work, and the work that John Williams had put in through his years in Catholic education, as well as through his local Justice and Peace Group.

A well-deserved tribute indeed. Congratulations to you both!


12. North West NJPN E-Bulletin - June 2021 and mid-May into June 2021

Lots of interesting articles, particularly about the situation in the Holy Land, and the Covid-situation in India. You can read it through the NJPN website.
Also, Anne's previous e-bulletin is available through the website here.

13. NJPN Newsletter - Summer 2021

Also available through the  NJPN website is our own Newsletter, put together by Geoff Thompson, which has lots of great items in it focusing on post pandemic issues relating to domestic poverty and inequality, as well as the effects of climate change, with specific links to Catholic Social Teaching and sustainable development goals. If you are a member you should have received this through the post already. 

14. Mouthpeace - Summer 2021

A good read from the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission. In particular, the article entitled 'Is there Hope for Palestine' and the related sub-articles as to how you can help or join in, is excellent.
Find it here.

15. Salesians Justice and Peace May 2021

Their Organisation of the Month focuses on the work of Papyrus, who work to prevent suicides in the under 35's. Available to read here

16. Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility April 2021

They have just produced their May newsletter, but unfortunately it is not yet available on their website. Instead, you can find their April 2021 edition - and keep checking for the May one!

17. Biofuelwatch May 2021

Lots of updates and campaigns. Click here.

18. London Mining Network May 2021

News on the work they do for human rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples and workers, and about sustainable development. Available here.

19. Mary's Meals Spring/Summer 2021

Read about the excellent work that Mary's Meals are doing here.

20. Church Action on Poverty

Their Spark Summer 2021 Newsletter is available to read here.

21. CAAT April - June 2021 News

News on their campaigns and achievements. Click here.

22. Ploughshare Plus April 2021

News from Christian CND, available through their website here.

23. Lancaster Diocese Faith and Justice April 2021

Some very interesting articles about justice and peace issues. Read it here.

EVENTS (in chronological order where applicable)

24. Tuesday 1st June 6.30pm - 8pm
Gearing up for Glasgow: Faith, Climate, Action and COP26 


25. Wednesday 2nd June 4pm - 5pm
The Frontlines of Peace
26. Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th June  (various times)
Conference - Women, Solidarity and Ecology

27. Thursday 3rd June 6pm 
Palestine Rises: The Ongoing Resistance 

28. Monday 7pm - 8.30pm
London Mining Network Annual Gathering

29. Thursday 10th June 2pm - 5.30pm
CAAT 'Digital Activism and Online Security'

30. 11th - 13th June from 7.30pm
Friends of the Earth Groundswell 2021

31. Monday 14th June 4pm - 5pm
Make COP count

32. Wednesday 16th June  
World Refill Day

33. Thursday 17th June 4pm - 5pm
Refugee Lens Investing

34. 23rd June, 6pm; 30th June 2pm
Introduction to Challenge Poverty Week: how to get involved

35. Thursday 24th June - 7pm
 Launch of 'Plenty'

36. 24th - 25th June 10am - 4.15pm
Life on the Breadline: End of Project Conference

37. 23rd - 25th July NJPN Conference (details under Climate)

38. 2nd October Christian CND AGM

39. 11th - 17th October Challenge Poverty Week

40. Bombs Away Digital Exhibition from The Peace Museum

41. Critical opportunities in 2021 to create change (Webinar)


42. Stop aid cuts to Burma
The British government is cutting aid to the world’s poorest, and aid to Burma is in the firing line. British aid to Burma helps keep people alive. It helps the poorest in the country. The humanitarian situation in Burma was already dire, but since the military coup in February, the situation has got much worse. More than half the population is living in poverty and another 50,000 people have fled their homes because of bombing attacks by the military.
Tell British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab not to cut aid to Burma.

43. Divert military spending to global Covid-relief

Extreme poverty has been a blight on our world for decades. Countless millions are struggling to survive without access to the basic necessities for a dignified life. Yet the world produces more than enough food, medicine and resources for everyone.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this dire situation. It has also demonstrated how undeniably interconnected and interdependent is our world. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights points the way forward, underscoring the necessity of guaranteeing adequate food, shelter, healthcare and social security for all.
The first step must be COOPERATION between all nations towards an emergency programme of poverty relief.
Take action to demand that our governments redirect a portion of military expenditures into a global fund for addressing the critical needs of the poor, with the United Nations to initiate and oversee this process. 
Sign the petition here.

44. Safe routes for children seeking refuge

A couple of weeks ago, in the Queen's Speech, the Government announced its plans for new immigration legislation. There were no plans for safe routes for children, and could expose them to the mercy of traffickers. Safe Passage are encouraging you to Write to your MP.

45. #WaveofHope

In 2021, the UK will host two critical summits – the G7 in June and COP26 in November. It’s time for global leaders to address the world’s biggest crises and work together for a recovery that provides vaccines and healthcare for all, fights poverty and injustice, and helps end the climate and nature crises. By putting up homemade ‘hands’ with messages of hope in our windows, adding photos to a gallery, and displaying them at the G7 and COP26, we can show that we stand united. Will you join the Wave of Hope? More information can be found here and you the Toolkit is available here.


From Michael Pulham :- 

I suppose I’m like many who can only speculate. 
Here’s a poem I’ve put together: 


You, with no beginning, 
Ever in the Eternal Mind. 
No end either, though presently in time. 
Time created in an explosion of Love. 
Other bangs destroy, but not that one; 
Evolving purpose for you and all our kind. 
- Give thanks! - Return the love! - Love everyone!

How much is enough

From the Grace and Truth website: Indian Priest, Anthony de Mello, tells this story;

“A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a Southern fisherman lying leisurely beside his boat. ‘Why aren’t you fishing?’ asked the industrialist.

“Because I have caught enough fish for the day” said the fisherman.

“Why don’t you catch some more?”

“What would I do with them?”

“You could earn more money” was the reply. “With that, you could fix a motor to your boat, go into deeper waters and catch more fish. Then you would make enough money to buy nylon nets. These would bring you more fish and more money. Soon you would have enough money to own two boats…maybe a fleet of boats. Then you would be a rich man like me.”

“What would I do then?”

“Then you could really enjoy life.”

“What do you think I am doing right now?” said the fisherman


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