December and January Events

Justice and Peace Events for December and January, in and around the Westminster Diocese.

Please note our Open Evening will be on 18 January here at Commission HQ at St. John Vianney Parish in West Green, Tottenham. Feel free to join us for Mass at 6.30 pm, followed by food and fun!

Tues 29th Nov          “Islington Together against Hate Crime” public meeting, Tues, 29 November. At Finsbury  Park Mosque 7-11 St. Thomas Rd, London, N4 2QH with Jeremy Corbyn MP as a keynote speaker from 6.30 – 8.30pm, the programme starts 7pm which aims; to show a united front between statutory, voluntary and community services to reducing all hate crime and working with all communities and faith to challenge hate crime, to support communities to report hate crime and encourage communities to come forward to feel safe and secure in reporting and know that the reports will be taken seriously and to raise community concerns and share experiences so that we can develop good practice.


Wed 30 Nov              QUILT PANEL DISPLAY.  An iconic quilt panel, commemorating the lives of those lost to the AIDS epidemic in the UK, will be on display at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street Jesuit Church), 11 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH, from 30 November- 4 December 2016.  The Quilt Trail has been organised by a coalition of HIV/AIDS charities including the George House Trust, the Terrence Higgins Trust, Positive East, The Food Chain, Positively UK, and Sahir House, supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  Further details: Martin Pendergast –

020 8986 0807  –

Twitter – #AIDSQuiltUK  –


Thurs 1st Dec           The European Response to the Migrant Crisis.  6.30 – 8.  Brother Johannes Maertens from the Calais Catholic Worker House (Ste Marie Skobstova) will lead discussion on the European response to refugee/migrant crisis  at London Catholic Worker, 49 Mattison Road, N4.  All Welcome.


World AIDS Day Mass 6pm part of a series of London-wide events, forming an AIDS Quilt Trail across London at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street Jesuit Church), 11 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH. The Beacon Music Group will accompany the Mass.


Love in Action Launch 6.30-8.30 at Our Lady of Victories Church Hall, 235a Kensington High Street, London W86SA. Organised by CARITAS Westminster.  All Welcome! RSVP to



Sat 3rd Dec               Catholic Worker Christmas Party 3 pm at 49 Mattison Road, N4.  All welcome.  Food and drink, no alcohol, contributions invited.


Mon 5th Dec              Chocolate of Peace: Cocoa challenging violence – 6pm.  Evening of film and conversation with producer Gwen Burnyeat, exploring the journey of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado in Colombia. The evening will chart the story of their organic chocolate production, their experience of violence and resilience, and their fight to remain neutral in the face of the Colombian armed conflict. Come for an evening of hope, inspiration and insight into peacebuilding for the future.  Book a place at


Tues 6th Dec             Pax Christi Advent Peace Service is always one of the highlights of their year and takes place at St Aloysius, Euston, London, on Tuesday 6 December from 7pm. All Welcome. The service is followed by an alternative Christmas market which will feature goods from the Philippines, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Traidcraft, Zaytoun (Palestinian olive oil, soap etc), the London Catholic Worker and olive wood goods from Pax Christi partners in Bethlehem.  Mulled wine and mince pies too! All welcome to join the choir.  Rehearsal on Sunday 4 December at 2.30 at St Aloysius Church.   


Science, Justice, Faith and Care for the Earth: An interdisciplinary discussion on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’  A panel of eminent speakers will gather exploring the science, faith, and intersectionality of climate change. Please RSVP and join us at the Cruciform Building, UCL at 7 pm, for this free event. Drinks and reception to follow. Event is organised by the Newman House Chaplaincy and Westminster Justice and Peace. Register at


Sun 8th Dec              Deeper resources for action: Eco-dharma and social changeHow can we respond to the intensifying social and environmental challenges of our time without falling into the trap of reproducing the problems we are trying to solve?  What does a deeper shift in consciousness mean and imply for our social action?  What can we learn from Buddhist practice about how to be powerful and effective agents of change?  Join us for an evening of conversation and exploration with Guhyapati, founder of the Ecodharma Centre in northern Spain. Book a place at


Tues 10th Dec           Deeper Resources for Collaborative Action In this one day training with activist, educator and founder of the Ecodharma Centre, Guhyapati will share his unique approach to effective collaboration. Learn new skills in how to collaborate, communicate and make decisions effectively. Explore how to draw out the best in yourself and others, to stay in healthy relationship, build teams based on shared values – and get things done! Book at


Thurs 12th Jan         Gulwali Passarlay: An Afghan refugee’s journey of escape to a new life in Britain. 6:30 PM  A fascinating and inspiring evening of conversation with Gulwali Passarlay, author, youth leader and undergraduate of Manchester University.  Book a place at



Sat 14th Jan               New Approaches to Foreign Policy: SOAS CND meeting. SOAS CND, in association with London Region CND, invites you to this conference to discuss the recent vote at the UN to start negotiations on a global nuclear ban. Speakers include Larry Sanders (Green Party speaker, brother of Bernie), Keith Bennett (former editor Asian Times), Prof Steven Rose, Chris Cole (Drone Wars UK) Dave Webb (Chair CND UK), Ellie Kinney (Youth & Student CND) and Nobu Ono (SOAS CND). Please note that London Region CND’s AGM will take place before the start of the conference. Registration from 9.30am. / 020 7607 2302.




Sat 28th Jan           Nurturing Creation – (Re)discovering a radical creation-centred way of being

A one-day workshop open to all who are interested in Green Christian’s Way of Life at St Aloysius Church, 20 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1TA. (near Euston station) Saturday 28 January, 2017. 11am to 4.30pm. Cost free – but donations on the day welcome. Booking is essential as space is limited. Deadline for receiving bookings is 21 January 2017. To book a place e-mail