Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation
Pax Christi, the International catholic peace organisation, is running the NonvioLENT initiative, encouraging people to make a commitment this Lent to set aside, in the words of Pope Francis,” every act of violence in thought, word and deed, whether against our neighbours or against God’s creation.”
Mercy World website has excellent Lent resources www.mercyworld.org, many focusing on our need for conversion and response to the climate change emergency. Go to Mercy World Home page and click on Lent 2020. This includes materials from the ongoing Mercy Global Presence initiative as well as reflection guides to Laudate Si. Meditations on the gift of water in I thirst might be useful for World Water Day, 22nd March.
6th March- World Day of Prayer (formally Women’s World Day of Prayer)- this year prepared by the people of Zimbabwe. Look out for events near you.
This year’s theme is Rise! Take up your Mat. Downloadable prayer resources are available on Women’s World Day of Prayer
8th March- International Women’s Day: This year’s theme is
“An equal World is an enabled world”
From International Womens’ Day website:
“We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. We can all choose to be #EachforEqual”.
We are invited to take photos of ourselves and our communities in the “ each for equal” gesture and post on social media to make a positive difference for women everywhere, especially in parts of the world where women are treated with violence and denied basic rights simply because they are women.
The# EachforEqual gesture
22nd March – World Water Day
28th March – Earth Hour- we are asked to switch of the lights/ non -essential electrical devices for 1 hour from 8:30- 9:30 to save energy and draw attention to the effects of Climate Change- a simple action which make a real difference.
Advance notice. This year’s National Justice and Peace Network Conference at Swanwick has the theme 2020 Vision: Action for life on Earth. The conference will explore the idea of Ecological Conversion- a key idea of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si. How we change how we live in order to preserve our planet is a key issue for this comng decade. Liturgy will be led by Marty Haugen and the Conference will be chaired by Christine Allen, Director of CAFOD.17th- 19th July2020. Details from National Justice and Peace network