'Big Society? - Fair Society? - Just Society?'
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation: Autumn
Our Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of
Creation Autumn Assembly was held in the Amigo Hall of
Saturday, 22nd October 2011, with over fifty attending.
We were particularly pleased to welcome Bishop Patrick
Lynch and Bishop Howard Tripp.
The day started with table discussions which gave
everyone the opportunity to discuss matters of interest
and each table then gave feedback to the whole room.
The first speaker was Daniel Hale from Progressio,
one of their
young volunteers. They gave us a world view speaking on
‘Building the Really Big Society’.
Their presentation was followed by Barbara Kentish from
Westminster J&P who gave the Southwark launch of ‘100
Days of Peace’, an initiative to involve all schools and
parishes in creating a legacy of peace during and after
the Olympics. Leaflets are available of request from our
JPIC office. There is more information at
Bishop Patrick with Francis Davis
At lunchtime we were most pleased to host a book launch.
‘Catholic Social Conscience: Reflection and Action on
Catholic Social Teaching’ sets out, in a collection
of essays, to explore the possibilities for a renewed
Catholic social conscience in these times of change.
the afternoon we listened to two excellent speakers on
the topic of ‘Big Society? – Fair Society? - Just
Society’. Francis Davis, who is one of the editors of
the book which was launched at the meeting, is a fellow
of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, and a director
of the Las Casas Institute on Ethics, Human Rights and
Social Justice. Alison Gelder is Director of Housing
Justice and a member of our JPIC committee.
concluded with a question and answer session with a panel
comprised of Bishop Patrick