Justice and Peace Conference – 15th October

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Northampton Diocese Justice & Peace Conference

will be held on Saturday, 15th October 2011 at St. John the Apostle Church, 296 Sundon Park Road, Luton LU3 3JL

Registration from 9.30am for 10.00am start. 

 Keynote Speaker:  Archbishop Kevin McDonald: “Meeting God in Friend and Stranger”

“Meeting God in Friend and Stranger: fostering mutual respect and understanding between the religions” is a new teaching document on interreligious dialogue from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It reminds all Catholics that they are called by their Baptism to engage in dialogue with others, and specifically with people of other religions. This is part of the Church’s task of continuing the dialogue that God engages with His Church, and of reading the signs of His will in our times.”

Archbishop Kevin will explore the issues this teaching raises for us, enabling us to develop local dialogue.

“The document stresses that this dialogue is not restricted to academics, but takes place where everyday life is shared in an atmosphere of respect and openness. Shared experiences of worship – where the worship takes the form not of coming to pray together, but of coming together to pray, is also a valuable aspect of dialogue, and one which meets appropriately the desire to share occasions of grief, joy and remembrance”

For a copy of the full document, click here: Meeting God in Friend and Stranger

The day starts with a liturgy led by pupils from Cardinal Newman School and will include three smaller workshops:      

1) Involvement of Youth in Justice & Peace – Led by the Diocesan Youth Ministry Team

2) Universal Peace (Focus on Global Ethics) – Led by Grassroots the interfaith organisation based in Luton.  

3) A Place of Redemption – Led by Donna Gardener who will draw on Catholic Social Teaching on our responsibilities when working with Prisoners and Prisons.

Please bring food for a shared lunch. 

For further details contact: Fr. Tony Brennan Tel. 01234 353116

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