G7 Interfaith Event – Report from Cornwall

Watch interfaith messages to G7 leaders from an Interfaith Event organised by CAFOD at Truro Cathedral on the eve of the G7 Leaders meeting in Cornwall, Thursday 10th June 2021.

Source: Ellen Teague, Independent Catholic News

Truro Cathedral hosted an online ‘act of witness’ this evening, on the eve of the G7 summit. Participants sent messages to world leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States that people of faith in the UK and internationally expect the leaders at their summit in Cornwall to put in place plans for a global green recovery from Covid-19 and other crises.

The event was organised by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, World Vision, Islamic Relief and Faith for the Climate Network. Speakers were from faith groups and from communities affected by the coronavirus, climate, and debt crises globally. Young campaigners who had travelled to Cornwall for the G7 summit were among around 80 people in the Cathedral but more than 1,000 joined online. Afterwards, CAFOD provided an online message board where anybody could send a message online to the leaders.

Ruth Valerio, Canon Theologian of Rochester Cathedral, welcomed everybody and homed in on the issues of vaccines, debt cancellation and climate action. She felt the G7 and COP26 in Glasgow in November provide, “huge opportunities for us to leave the damaging track we have been on.” Some hands of the ‘waves of hope’ initiative were waved in the cathedral.

Fr Augusto Zampini of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission called for better international access to vaccines and the suspension of intellectual property rights, which have held up vaccine distribution. He urged the cancellation of the debts of poor countries and called on G7 leaders, “to take seriously the commitment to care for our common home and implement the Paris Agreement of 2015”. He felt, we must “use creativity to improve our relationship with ecosystems” and “do our best to change this course of ecological destruction.”

Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam of Salisbury urged for political leaders “to put aside selfish concerns and work for the world’s common good.” He wanted the UK government to reinstate the full foreign aid budget which was reduced last year. His focus was a call for spiritual change and to rebuild human relationship with creation and the creator. “We cannot depend on techno-optimism” he suggested. Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth received a clap when, quoting from Laudato Si’, he said the Catholic Church stood alongside other denominations and faiths in listening “to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.” He urged a reduction in consumption, work for change in the direction of justice, and community conversion to act for the common good. And he touched on the need for structural change, particularly re-evaluating the current model of economic growth which promotes inequality and commodification of the environment.

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and a young Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist called for moves towards a more sustainable relationship with nature. Andy Norfolk, Pagan representative from the Cornwall Faiths Forum, said faiths, “should find it easy to find a vision for a better world” and urged G7 leaders to look beyond short-termism and urgently address long term challenges. Davina Bacon of the Young Christian Climate Network spoke of the young people’s relay walk to Glasgow, starting on Sunday, recalling that “the tradition of pilgrimage is strong in many faiths.” She also highlighted that near the affluent G7 conference centre and local holiday homes around St Ives live many people on low incomes. She told the G7, “when you are making decisions – remember those made poor by systemic injustice; they don’t have a seat at your table.”

CAFOD G7 Interfaith Event – Thursday 10th June, 7pm Livestreamed from Truro Cathedral

Building a Better World after the Pandemic

 CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) is live-streaming an event organised in conjunction with Christian Aid, Tearfund, World Vision, Islamic Relief and Faith for the Climate on Thursday 10th June at 7.00-8.00pm

It will be hosted by Truro Cathedral for people of faith to reflect ahead of the G7 summit and send a message to world leaders. 

The G7 summit will see heads of government of seven of the world’s richest countries – including President Joe Biden – travel to Cornwall and discuss how the world can rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a crucial role to play, with the UK holding the presidency of the G7, CAFOD wants to send a message to him and the other G7 leaders that people of faith in the UK and around the world expect them to put in place plans for a global and green recovery from the crisis which leaves no one behind. 

The pandemic means people can’t all travel to Cornwall to send this message to the leaders at the summit.

But that doesn’t stop people from coming together online in an act of witness. 
So, instead of travelling to Cornwall, CAFOD invites people to join together on laptops, tablets or phones at an event on Thursday 10 June.

There will be reflections on the impact of the pandemic, rebuilding and sending a digital message to the presidents and prime ministers ahead at the start of their meeting the next day.

Visit the CAFOD website and register to watch online

London Climate Action Week: Tree Walk with Colette Joyce, Sunday 27 June 3-5pm

Westminster Cathedral

Join Colette Joyce, Westminster Justice & Peace Co-ordinator, for a circular Tree Walk from Westminster Cathedral, 3-5pm on Sunday 27th June.

Families and children welcome. Free.

Colette will help us reflect on the importance of trees within the Christian tradition and invite contemplation of some of the many beautiful trees within easy walking distance of Westminster Cathedral. As we walk, we will think about the nature and purpose of trees, especially their role in maintaining a stable climate that enables all life on land to exist and thrive.

Trees are essential to life on earth as we know it. They bind soil, remove carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen, as well as providing a home for many species from birds to insects to squirrels.

Along the way we will consider, too, the significance we attach to trees – from the celebratory decoration of the Christmas tree to the solemn prayer before the wood of the cross.

Meet outside Westminster Cathedral

This is an easy level circular walk. There is an option to leave the walk in St James’ Park, if you prefer, or to return to the Cathedral starting point by 5pm.

Advance registration will help us to meet health and safety requirements. Thank you.

Register with Eventbrite

The Tree Walk is one of many events – talks, seminars, actions – taking place for London Climate Action Week

More About London Climate Action Week – 26th June – 4th July 2021

Laudato Si’ Action Platform Launched

Pope Francis has launched the Laudato Si’ Action Platform – 25 May 2021

Pope Francis’ has produced a video to introduce the new Laudato Si’ Action Platform, which is intended to aid Catholics worldwide take action to respond to the climate and ecological emergencies we are currently facing.

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is offered by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development as a service to the universal Catholic Church and to “all men and women of good will.” (LS 3)

It features advice and resources for seven sectors:

  1. Families and Individuals
  2. Parishes and Dioceses
  3. Educational Institutions
  4. Healthcare Institutions
  5. Organisations and Groups
  6. Businesses, Farms and Co-operatives
  7. Religious

More resources will be developed for the Platform as time goes on.

Visit the Laudato Si’ Action Platform
For families, parishes, dioceses, educational institutions, healthcare institutions, organisations, communities, communication centres, NGOs, businesses, farms & religious

Congratulations to Ellen Teague and John Williams – Pax Christi 2021 Peace Award Winners

Pax Christi Peace Award Medallion

Westminster Justice and Peace extend congratulations to Ellen Teague and John Williams on receipt of the Pax Christi 2021 Peace Award. Both have a long association with Justice and Peace in the Diocese and we applaud this recognition of their labours over many years to bring faith to bear on many issues connected to peace-making and justice-building.

Source: Pat Gaffney, Independent Catholic News

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.

Many would share our view that Ellen has done more than any other individual to bring together the strands of ‘justice and peace’, human rights and justice for the global poor, peace, disarmament and nonviolence, and environmental issues, particularly climate change. Her work in this field goes back decades. Ellen’s sheer hard work, responsiveness, commitment, skill, and efficiency is astonishing. As is her writing, from her editing for many years of the Columban journal Vocation for Justice to weekly Mass bulletins put out by the Redemptorists, the international St Anthony Messenger magazine, The Tablet, The Universe, and Independent Catholic News. Her personal integrity and honesty shines through especially about the Church, means that Ellen asks the awkward questions, however unpopular that might be with some church leaders put on the spot. People across the country value her warmth, concern for others, and encouraging friendship.

In accepting her award Ellen reflected on some of her experiences with Pax Christi since 1990: Some of the highlights have been editing the 1995 publication A Taste for Peace, taking part in a delegation to Palestine in 2015, kneeling outside the Ministry of Defence on Ash Wednesdays, playing the guitar at Pax Christi liturgies and much more.

“I also owe thanks to the Columban JPIC programme, where I have worked for three decades and greatly appreciate the strong links that have been established between Pax Christi and the Columban global family.”

It was encouraging to see Columban Lay Missioners and Columban priests at the ZOOM ceremony.

John Williams’ gifts have been especially expressed through his career in Catholic education. As a teacher in St Wilfrid’s School, Crawley, then as Head of RE and subsequently Deputy Head at St Peter’s in Guildford to his role in the Westminster Diocesan Education Advisory Team, John has championed the role of peace education and the social teaching of the church within Catholic schools. In all of this, he has been a close partner of Pax Christi and has given great support to successive Peace Education workers, a source of wise advice.

In his advisory work John coordinated a number of INSET days for teachers to explore issues of peace and nonviolence, especially in the wake of a number of knife crime incidents in Catholic schools in the Diocese. He took a lead role in developing a peace resource for schools for the London Olympics in 2012.

Within his parish Justice & Peace Group in Guildford John has helped to organise prayer vigils and memorial services including around the time of Remembrance and the 2014 WWI commemorations in particular

John continues to be valued Trustee of the Christian Peace Education Fund.

John said that he was accepting the award on behalf of all teachers who live peace through their skills in conflict resolution and in the way they present themselves to students. He reflected on the power of international visits, to schools and communities in Bethlehem in 2009 and to Malta in 2012, where he visited a church-base refugee project, as life-expanding experiences.

Both spoke with thanks of the role their families have played in supporting and forming them.

The medal they received was created by the artist Natasha Ratcliffe, its theme, PEACE, Please Enlist All Communities on Earth, an injunction certainly reflected in the life and work of both Ellen and John.

Bishop calls for end to the violence engulfing Holy Land

Source: CCN / Independent Catholic News

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops’ International Affairs department has repeated calls for an end to “the occupation, discrimination and human rights violations that propagate violent attacks on civilians, standing in the way of a stable and peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis.”

In a statement, Bishop Lang who is also Chair of the Holy Land Coordination of bishops which – before the pandemic usually visits the Christian community in Israel and Palestine once a year, says:

‘As people of peace, we pray for an end to the airstrikes, shooting, missile attacks, and communal violence engulfing the Holy Land.

Pope Francis reminds us that: “Every act of violence committed against a human being is a wound in humanity’s flesh; every violent death diminishes us as people.”

The local churches have clearly stated that peace requires justice. We echo their calls for an end to the occupation, discrimination and human rights violations that propagate violent attacks on civilians, standing in the way of a stable and peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis.

We reaffirm our commitment to the internationally recognised status of Jerusalem, the Status Quo of its holy sites, and the equal rights of Jews, Christians and Muslims in the city.

At this critical time let us also offer our support to those humanitarian organisations working tirelessly to save lives and alleviate suffering.’

Testimony to Oasis of Peace – a Prototype for Israel-Palestine

Oasis of Peace – Neve Shalom / Wahat al Salam

Open Letter from Dr David Toorawa, Lead Commission Member for Israel-Palestine

Dear Friends,

Some of you may have caught the interview today on BBC Radio 4 “Broadcasting House ” with Paddy O’Connell,  where two friends from an Israeli village spoke about the madness which has overtaken two peoples yet again.

One was an Israeli Jew, the other an Israeli Palestinian. The village is Oasis of Peace ( Neve Shalom / Wahat al Salam).

I was privileged to visit and stay at Neve Shalom  in 2013 in order to explore why a Catholic priest, Fr Bruno Hussar,  should wish to found a community where Jews & Arabs could live in peace. He did so on land donated by the Trappist monastery of Latroun, a magical place. The story is likewise magical, but not accomplished without a great deal of prayer & hard work.

It was a revelation to sit in English classes for the children of both “communities” , where  they were taught by a teacher moving with equal facility from Hebrew to Arabic  to English. 

The atmosphere at Neve Shalom  needs replication throughout the Holy Land. Fr Bruno’s vision has yet to be tried beyond the original village….

Fr Bruno, who died in 1996, is buried in the village, overlooking the Ayalon valley . Also  – see Joshua 10.v 12

Please take some time to visit the Oasis of Peace website and “Broadcasting House”….. the interview was circa 0930hrs

What we do | British Friends Of Neve Shalom – Wahat Al-Salam (oasisofpeace.org.uk)

History | British Friends Of Neve Shalom – Wahat Al-Salam (oasisofpeace.org.uk)

BBC Radio 4 – Broadcasting House, 16/05/2021

NJPN/Pax Christi Open Letter to Cardinal Nichols on Jerusalem

Source: Independent Catholic News

Wednesday, 12th May 2021

Your Eminence,

Those at the AGM of the National Justice and Peace Network, meeting on Saturday, were deeply shocked to hear of the attack by Israeli Police on Palestinians at prayer in the Al Aqsa Mosque on Friday evening. Palestinian worshippers have been denied access to the Al Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan and this, along with the police and military incursions into this holy place, the use of stun grenades, rubber coated steel bullets and water cannons on those at worship, all contravene international law.

All of this is made worse by that fact that this is one of the most important times of the Muslim Year. Saturday’s attacks took place at Laylat-al-Qadr, the most holy day in the Muslim month of Ramadan, a time when Palestinians from all over the West Bank would attempt to pray in their most Holy Place. It followed the aggressive violence of armed Israeli settlers invading the communal Iftar meal of families in Sheikh Jarrah, upturning their tables, invading their homes and attacking women, men and children.

This excessive violence has continued since then and several Palestinian children are among the hundreds wounded. The violence has been described by some of the worst seen in Jerusalem for many years.

Palestinians are suffering the daily loss of their fundamental human rights, are constantly under threat of forced removal from their homes as in the Sheikh Jarrah district of occupied East Jerusalem.

Many news outlets are describing these incidents as ‘clashes’ and so inferring that these are incidents between equally armed sides. This is, of course, not the case. Unarmed worshippers were attacked by heavily armed police and at other times by even more heavily armed military.

We urge you and the Bishops of England and Wales to answer the call of the Heads of Churches in Palestine who say:

‘We call upon the International Community, the Churches and all people of goodwill to intervene in order to put an end to these provocative actions, and to continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We join in prayer with the intention of the Holy Father Pope Francis that “the multi-religious and multi-cultural identity of the Holy City might be respected and that fraternity might prevail.”

We further ask you to:

– Tell our Sisters and Brothers in Palestine, and all those who are working for peace in Palestine and Israel, that we stand in solidarity and prayer with them in this on-going Nakba;

– Call for a day of prayer, in England and Wales, on Saturday 15th May for peace and justice in Palestine, and in particular in Jerusalem, as Palestinians recall the Nakba (the Day of Catastrophe);

– Publicly denounce the violent attacks on worshippers that have taken place in Sheikh Jarrah, the Al Aqsa Mosque and Haram al Sharif;

– Call on the Israeli Government, through the Israeli Embassy in London: to halt all forced evictions in Sheikh Jarrah, which if they proceed, will violate Israel’s obligations under international law; and to end the violence against worshippers and enable full access to all places of worship in keeping with international law.

Yours in solidarity,

Paul Southgate (Chair, National Justice & Peace Network)

Ann Farr (Chair, Pax Christi)

Pax Christi Call to Urgent Action for Palestine

Source: Pax Christi England and Wales, Independent Catholic News

You’ve probably all seen the shocking scenes from Jerusalem over the last few days. The violence in Jerusalem by heavily armed Israeli police, military and settlers, has escalated drastically in the last few days. Families in the Sheikh Jarrah district of occupied East Jerusalem have been the focus of excessive violence in which many have been traumatised when their homes were invaded and they were physically attacked and injured.

About 500 people are under threat of forced eviction from their homes so that a group of Israeli settlers can take them over. Last week as the families sat down to break their fast at a communal meal in the street outside their homes, they were interrupted by armed Israeli settlers who rampaged throughout the area, upturning the tables, attacking women, men and children and invading their homes. Many were injured and seriously traumatised.

During Ramadan, many Palestinians Muslims have been prevented from getting to the Al Aqsa Mosque, their most sacred place of worship. Last Friday and over the weekend, people at prayer in the Mosque were subjected to violent attacks by the Israeli Police and Military during which stun grenades, rubber coated steel bullets, tear gas and water cannon were used against them. Since then the violence has escalated and more worshippers have been attacked whilst at prayer and others on the courtyard area outside.

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued a statement calling on us all to take action: www.cbcew.org.uk/latin-patriarchate-reacts-to-recent-violence-in-jerusalem/ and say:

“We call upon the International Community, the Churches and all people of goodwill to intervene in order to put an end to these provocative actions, and to continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We join in prayer with the intention of the Holy Father Pope Francis that “the multi-religious and multi-cultural identity of the Holy City might be respected and that fraternity might prevail.”

Pax Christi, England and Wales is responding to that call by asking our members and friends to join with us in the following urgent actions:

Urgent Actions:

Prayer:

Please join in our Pax Christi International call to prayer in ‘Circles of Silence’ on or near Saturday 15 May, as Palestinians recall the Nakba (catastrophe);

Light a candle each day/night and pray for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel;

Ask your parish/community to include prayers this weekend for the Peace of Jerusalem, and an end to the violence and forced evictions of Palestinian families from their homes.

Write to your local Church Leaders asking them to:

  • Call the local community to prayer for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel;
  • Speak out publicly to condemn the use of military force against people at prayer in the Al Aqsa Mosque and the forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes;
  • Send messages of solidarity and prayer to our Sisters and Brothers in Palestine.

Write to your MP/Elected Representative:

Please send them the CAABU statement (below) and ask them to:

  • speak out publically and call on the Israeli Government to immediately withdraw all troops from the area of the Al Aqsa Mosque;
  • end the violence against Palestinian protestors;
  • halt all planned evictions of families in the Sheikh Jarrah area of occupied East Jerusalem which, if carried out, would violate international law.

Caabu statement – www.caabu.org/news/news/uk-must-take-action-stop-israeli-war-crimes-occupied-east-jerusalem-save-sheikh-jarrah

Information for your networks, elected reps and faith leaders:

Pax Christi International statement – https://paxchristi.net/2021/04/27/pax-christi-international-calls-on-un-to-oppose-sheikj-jarrah-silwan-evictions/

World Council of Churches calls for end to violence, urges respect of status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem: www.oikoumene.org/news/wcc-calls-for-end-to-violence-urges-respect-of-status-quo-of-holy-sites-in-jerusalem

UN statement – https://unsco.unmissions.org/statement-un-special-coordinator-tor-wennesland-surge-tensions-and-violence-occupied-west-bank

Eye-Witness account from worshipper in Mosque attack: www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-aqsa-raid-eyewitness-account

The history of the Sheikh Jarrah area of occupied East Jerusalem: www.facebook.com/hiddenpalestine/

Footage of the Israeli military entering Al Aqsa mosque while Muslims attend worship for the end of Ramadan – https://twitter.com/arwaib/status/1390800051887345669

Here’s what our governments have been saying:

Irish government – www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210503-ireland-calls-on-israel-to-respect-international-law/

UK government – www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-by-france-germany-italy-spain-and-the-united-kingdom-on-israeli-settlements

Pax Christi England and Wales

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Westminster Justice and Peace among signatories of letter to Priti Patel urging rethink of the government’s New Plan for Immigration

Source: Independent Catholic News

A coalition of faith groups and faith leaders have written to to Home Secretary Priti Patel urging her to rethink the government’s proposed New Plan for Immigration, which they say ‘lack humanity and respect for human dignity.’

Signatories include the Jesuit Refugee Service, Caritas, Welcome Churches, the Salvation Army, Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network, UK Welcomes Refugees, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the United Free Church of Scotland and many others.

The full statement follows:

On 24 March 2021, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced the government’s New Plan for Immigration (NPFI), which was launched alongside a consultation on the proposals. Following the closure of the consultation on 6 May 2021, the government is planning to introduce a bill to enshrine the proposals into UK law.

As a coalition of Christian faith groups and faith leaders brought together by the St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales), we believe these proposals lack humanity and respect for human dignity. We believe it would be wrong to create a system in which the way people enter the UK will impact how their asylum claim is processed and the status they might receive.

Many people who are forced to flee their homes in desperate circumstances simply have no choice but to cross borders informally to reach a safe haven; to penalise them for this is to abandon the very principle of international protection. Moves to criminalise and penalise undocumented entry to the UK set out in the NPFI mean it will effectively be impossible for most people to claim asylum in the UK because safe and legal routes for claiming asylum in the UK are extremely limited, and could never feasibly be made available to all who need them. We cannot ignore their plight and reduce it to a statistical act of bureaucracy.

This nation has a long history of welcoming people from all over the world. People who have arrived in our communities through the asylum system are our neighbours, members of our congregations and valued members of our neighbourhoods. We should recognise our common interests of family, community and faith, and embrace the diversity which makes our communities dynamic and vibrant. We call for a rejection of hostility towards people seeking asylum and an end to punitive measures aimed at people who are seeking sanctuary in our country.

We welcome the government’s commitment to resettlement through the new UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS) and look forward to the announcement of resettlement targets for the years to come, but this must not be at the expense of an asylum system that strives to offer protection to those who need it.

We urge the Home Secretary to embed principles of welcome, protection and integration into the government’s policies. We must treat individuals and families seeking sanctuary on our shores as our brothers and sisters and valued members of our communities. How we respond to those in need has profound implications for who we are as a society. Recognising our obligations to those who seek sanctuary is fundamental to building a just and flourishing nation.

Signed by

Elizabeth Palmer – CEO St Vincent de Paul Society

Ben Gilchrist – Chief Executive of Caritas Shrewsbury

Lizzie Reynolds – Ordinand on placement at Ripon Cathedral

Sarah Teather, Director, Jesuit Refugee Service UK

Emily Holden – Acting CEO at Welcome Churches

Anne-Marie Tarter – Member of the congregation of Ripon Cathedral

Rev Dr Simon Cartwright – Vicar at Walbrook Epiphany Team

Sister Margaret Barrett – Director of Mission, Daughters of Charity Services

Naomi Bennett and Danielle Wilson, Co-CEOs at Red Letter Christians UK

Carmelite Prior of Aylesford in Kent

Barbara Forbes, Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network

Rev Will Leaf, Vicar at St Mark’s Kensal Rise

Claudia Holmes – UKCEN Founder

Sally Smith, Sanctus St Mark’s, Diocese of Lichfield Sally Smith

Catherine Gladwell, Chief Executive, Refugee Education UK

Rev Ian Rutherford, City Centre Minister, Methodist Central Hall, Manchester

Mauricio Silva, Coordinator at Fatima House

Ben Bano & Phil Kerton, Co-Directors – Seeking Sanctuary

Ros Holland, Chief Exec, Boaz Trust Ros Holland

Rev Gerard Goshawk, Six Ways Erdington Baptist Church, Birmingham

Revd Jon Scamman, Vicar of St Thomas’ Church Lancaster

Reynette Roberts MBE, CEO of Oasis Cardiff

Nadine Daniel BEM, Campaigns and Communications Coordinator, UK Welcomes Refugees

Rev Ian Dyble, Priest in Charge, The Weybourne Group of Churches (CofE)

Hugh McLeod, Derby Quakers Hugh McLeod

Sr Margaret Walsh, Patron and Trustee, St Chad’s Sanctuary

Domenica Pecoraro, Kent Refugee Project Officer, Diocese of Canterbury

Patrick Coyle, Chair of Cytûn: Churches Together in Wales

Mark Wiggin, Director of Caritas Diocese of Salford

Julian Prior, CEO, Action Foundation

Church and Peace, Britain and Ireland Region

National Justice and Peace Network

Barbara Kentish, Committee member of Westminster Justice and Peace

Paul Southgate, Chair of National Justice and Peace Network

Christians Aware

Vicar is David Tomlinson, St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain

People Not Walls UK

Revd. Lynn Green – General Secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain

Fr Michael Hartley

Rev Maureen Priddin, Chaplain for Justice and Peace Derby Cathedral, Member of the Derby City of Sanctuary network

John O Fulton, Moderator of the General Assembly, United Free Church of Scotland

Bishop Nolan, President of Justice and Peace Scotland, commission of the Catholic Church in Scotland

David Moore, Easton Christian Family Centre

Rev Canon Simon Gatenby, Christ Church Brunswick, Manchester

South Lancaster Refugee Welcome

Natalie Williams, CEO, Jubilee+

Jo Simister, Derby City Deanery

Lancaster Quakers

The Church at Carrs Lane, Birmingham (Methodist and United Reformed Church)

Fr Dominic Robinson, Chairman Westminster Justice and Peace Commission

Rev’d Carol Backhouse, Christ Church, Lancaster (Church of England)

Rev Alton Bell, Movement for Change and Reconciliation

Fr Peter Hughes SSC, Regional Director of the British Region of the Society of St Columban

Community Church Harlesden

Carolyn Lawrence, Vice President of the Methodist Conference

The Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, The Church of Scotland

Rev Clare Downing and Mr Peter Pay, Moderators of General Assembly, United Reformed Church

RC Southwark archdiocese

National Board of Catholic Women

Fr Habte Ukbay, JPIC Southwark

Jo Watters, Father Hudson’s Care based in the Archdiocese of Birmingham

Derby City of sanctuary network, Chaplain for Justice and Peace Derby Cathedral

Dean Pallant, Lt Colonel, The Salvation Army

Dr Edie Friedman, Executive Director, The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE)

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, The Ark Synagogue

Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi

Rabbi Sybil Sheridan – Executive Director, Lyons Learning Project

Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild

Rabbi Kath Vardi

Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers, Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue

Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts, Associate Lecturer, Dept of Music, Newcastle University and Honorary Research Associate, Dept of Anthropology, Durham University

Rabbi Daniel Lichman

Clifton Road interfaith committee