BIRMINGHAM DIOCESAN JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION
Minutes of the J&P Commission Meeting held at 10.30am.
Monday 21st November 2011 at the Presbytery, Shirley.
PRESENT: Fr Gerry (Chair), Derek, Bishop William, Deacon Pat,
Brian A, Helen, Ann, Brian D, David.
1. WELCOME AND PRAYER:
Fr Gerry welcomed all present and opened the meeting with a
CAFOD prayer for Advent.
2. APOLOGIES: Sr Anna, Claire.
3. MINUTES OF THE MEETING ON 12th September 2011:
The Minutes were agreed as a true record of the meeting.
4. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
Item 4(i) : Pastoral Forum: Fr Gerry reported an encouraging
response for his contribution, and Bishop William stressed the
importance of a J&P presence there.
Item 4(ii): Fairtrade survey: Brian A updated the Commission on
progress so far; he will write to Parishes as yet not responding.
Bishop William offered support in his Deaneries. ACTION: Brian A
Item 6: Invocation Weekend: Derek requested clarification. Bishop
William endorsed the Archbishop’s recommendation for our
contribution, the next occasion being Summer 2012, suggesting ,
Fr Paul Moss should be approached. See also Item 6(iv) below.
Item 6: Commission for Social and Racial Justice: The Commission
seems no longer to exist.
5. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT: Matters arising:
David confirmed a small increase in numbers in our circulation
arising from the Assembly, and the formation of two new J&P groups
in the north of our Diocese.
Since most J&P groups were small and often geographically
separated, a suggestion had been made for “virtual” groups to
“meet” routinely by Email. This idea was welcomed & encouraged.
NJPN Annual Conference: Bishop William asked Ann for the
reasoning behind choosing China as the topic for 2012; clarification
Newsletters: Fr Gerry suggested the Winter 2011/2012 edition
should be distributed early in January. Helen offered to liaise with
Joe Andrew on a suitable CAFOD article. ACTION: Helen
6. COMMISSION REVIEW:
The Commission for Social and Racial Justice; see Item 4.4 above.
It was agreed we should watch developments; Fr Gerry confirmed
our willingness to contribute where appropriate. Ann suggested CARJ
may have a role locally.
Commission Meetings Structure: practicalities of nominating specific
topics and inviting guests to meetings was discussed and the
logistics questioned as time pressures on the Agenda already exist.
It was decided that Commission members would consider specific
topics/Agenda items for future meetings and notify David in
advance. Maybe routine business could be covered more briefly with
material circulated in advance. ACTION: All.
Training the Trainers: see Item 10 below.
Invocation Weekend at Oscott: Bishop William enlarged on the
importance of involvement in this event, advising a telephone
approach to Fr Moss as the preferred method due to urgency.
Discussion followed on how the J&P Commission might contribute.
7. ANNUAL ASSEMBLY REVIEW:
The summaries of Evaluations circulated in advance were discussed
in depth; it was agreed that overall the Assembly had been another
success. Specific topics were discussed further:
Venue: although overall the Evaluations did not reflect concern,
certain aspects were highlighted and endorsed within the
Commission, particularly general lack of cleanliness, and the sound
system once again. Other options were discussed in depth; it was
decided that other schools & the Grimshaw Room would not be
practical options, but that St Paul’s Girls School might offer
possibilities. ACTION: David to investigate
Dates: provisionally Saturday 13th October 2012.
Topics: general discussion supported the practical aspects of doing
J&P locally in groups; Ann and Fr Gerry reminded us of the
Southwark J&P Commission meeting held earlier this year. Brian A
endorsed the need for an inspirational speaker. David would invite
Archbishop Bernard to attend.
ACTION: Further discussion by Assembly Planning
Group in January, date to be fixed.
8. PAX CHRISTI:
Ann confirmed the theme of education of young people in J&P for
Peace Sunday on 15th January 2012.
Pax Christi, Columban JPIC and NJPN have jointly produced a
booklet “Our World and You” and Ann offered copies at the
meeting. Brian A provided David with ordering details which will be
publicised in the Winter Newsletter. ACTION: David
Ann tabled a leaflet describing in detail many practical actions
possible to promote J&P at grassroots level.
Ann informed the Commission of the launch of “100 Days of Peace”
in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
Ann tabled details of “Pax Christi resources for Advent and
Christmas” which had been mailed out generally.
Helen reported that Amy Fox, succeeding Ali as Diocesan Officer for
Youth, has settled well and is fully integrated into the BCYS.
Julia Hood had returned safely from Ethiopia and is available to give
The “Don’t Drop the Ball“ postcard Campaign has been successful.
A new campaign “Thirst for Change” is to be launched in January
2012 and linked to Lent Fast Day, in preparation for the G8 in May.
The focus of the campaign is calling on David Cameron to lead the
G8 to do more to end water poverty and enable more people
globally to have access to clean water and sanitation.
Brian A remarked on resistance to postcard campaigns in his
parish, and believed that parishioners needed more notice of
forthcoming campaigns, hoping they would run on longer. Helen
explained that CAFOD generally runs two parish-based campaigns
each year, giving 5-6 months for parishes to take action. It is fully
recognised that this can be too short a time for some parishes but
it is vitally important to target actions in a way that means we can
have a timely impact on things such as policy decisions, the timings
of which we are often bound by. CAFOD tries to balance giving
parishes adequate time to engage in the action with making sure
our efforts are as effective as possible. Crucially, just because a
campaign action ends does not mean CAFOD moves on from the
issue; our policy analysts are working continually on issues like
climate justice for years. Our policy and campaign teams work
closely together to see how and when ‘popular campaigning’ can be
put into action to have maximum impact on the issues our policy
analysts are constantly working on.
Helen reminded the Commission of CAFOD’s 50th Anniversary in
2012, the invitations to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving and
Celebration in Westminster on 28th January, and of course the
Romero Mass on 16th March.
Brian A stressed the J&P significance and inherent value of the
LiveSimply Parish Awards and associated publications, suggesting a
Newsletter article on this subject. ACTION: Brian A/Helen
10. FUTURE FORMATION:
Brian D tabled a discussion paper and highlighted specific Proposals
on page 2, requesting support from the Commission. Discussion
explored different ways to carry out his suggestions and his
Proposals received unanimous support.
Brian D provided a paper for an article entitled “Social Justice
Formation” for the Winter Newsletter. This will be adopted.
Brian D will report at a future Commission meeting on information
relevant to Training the Trainers from the Craighead Institute.
11. J&P ISSUES ARISING FROM RECENT CIVIL DISTURBANCES:
There was insufficient time to discuss this large topic in any depth and
Commission members had been circulated with all relevant exchanges
during and after the events. It was decided that we were sufficiently
aware of, and involved in, movements within the Diocese relevant to
social unrest of many causes, and this could be carried forward if
necessary. ACTION: David – consider for Agenda next meeting.
Housing Justice membership: it was decided this was a local
decision and not for the Commission.
Bishop William stressed the enormous significance of maintaining
Peace within Europe amid the current economic and political
13. Dates for future meetings:
Monday 30th January 2012 in Shirley
Monday 16th April 2012 in Shirley
Monday 30th July 2012 in Shirley
Monday 10th September 2012 in Shirley
Monday 26th November 2012 in Shirley
NJPN Open Networking Meetings:
11th February 2012 in Leicester
12th May 2012 in London
15th September 2012 venue TBA
24th November 2012 venue London
NJPN Fieldworkers Meetings:
Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd May 2012
Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th November 2012
NJPN National Conference:
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July 2012: ”A New World
Order? - China Today and our Response”
Prior to the close of the meeting at 1pm. Derek expressed his gratitude to
the Commission for support in his recent bereavement, and tendered his
resignation with much regret, decided through his recognition of changing
times. In turn, Brian D on behalf the Commission thanked Derek for his
many years of dedicated action and support of the Commission and of the
wider Justice and Peace world.
The Meeting closed at 1pm. for lunch.