The annual conference of the National Justice and Peace Network was held at the Hayes Centre in Swanwick in Derbyshire on 22nd – 24th July. The theme, ‘Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up.’ 160 people from different dioceses and organisations attended.
Speakers included Irish diplomat Philip McDonagh who explored the meaning of hope, drawing on Pope Benedict’s encyclical Spe Salvi. Rev Dr Patrick Devine SMA spoke of his peacebuilding work in East Africa and in Palestine as Chairman of the Shalom Centre for conflict resolution and reconciliation. ‘Getting beyond Optimism to hope: demonstrating or building the Kingdom in the World of Politics’ was the presentation theme of Andy Flanagan of Christians in Politics.
Others speakers were: Ann Farr, Pax Christi’s Chair, Martin Birdseye of Christian CND, John Paul de Quay and Ashley Ralston of the NJPN Environment working Group, Aisling Griffin, Schools and Education Worker Pax Christi. The final session was led by Tim Livesey CEO of Embrace the Middle East which works with marginalised and excluded communities. Diocesan representative Angela Rigby attended on behalf of Cardiff Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation network.
Visit the National Justice and Peace Network website for the talks and further information. https://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/