The new CAFOD campaign, Hungry for Change, kicked off this past Sunday with announcements at the Sunday Masses, and a Fairtrade breakfast hosted between the 9am and 11am Masses (thanks to all who came)! Over the rest of the term, and into the next, we will be distributing campaign action cards calling on the Prime Minister to support a fairer global food system by (1) empowering aid for small-scale farmers, especially women, to help them access markets, and (2) discouraging big food conglomerates from engaging in a global race to the bottom by requiring them to report on their lobbying and global deal-making. These action cards also have punch-out loaves and bread (how wonderfully biblical!) for you to write personal messages on addressing global hunger – return/leave these in a basket at the chaplaincy narthex, and we will be turning these into a display. (If you would like extra action cards, let us know and some will be pidged to you). (See more at http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Get-clued-up/Food)
The Hungry for Change effort is part of a larger push to address the sources of global hunger – the IF campaign, run by CAFOD together with Oxfam, Christian Aid and other development agencies. One quick online way to show your support now is email our local MPs ahead of the 2013 UK Budget to ask them to press the Chancellor to keep his promises on aid and get UK-based companies to spill the beans on tax-dodging in developing countries. It takes 2 minutes to add your voice: http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Take-action-today/IF-Budget-campaign
Coming up today (Tuesday 19 Feb), CAFOD Executive Director Chris Bain is speaking on leading one of the UK’s largest international development agencies and how CAFOD’s mission is shaped by its Catholic values and ideals. Hosted by the Oxford Leadership Society, the talk is at 7pm at the Quarrell Room, Exeter College. See more information and RSVP at at https://www.facebook.com/events/329010467199080/
Soup rota for the next couple of weeks
Week 6 – Sixtine / Nick
Week 7 – Kate
That’s all for now!
Nick & Christine
On Sunday of 4th Week, CAFOD held a ‘Fairtrade Breakfast’ between the two Sunday masses. This event formed part of the CAFOD effort to gain Fairtrade status for the Chaplaincy, and was also a great opportunity to highlight the great Fairtrade products available and to enjoy a good breakfast together.
Morning Prayer: On Wednesday of 4th Week, CAFOD organised for morning prayer to be held in Christ Church meadows in order to appreciate our surroundings. This event forms part of the Live Simply Campaign, and also served as an opportunity for prayers for water security as the national Thirst for Change Campaign came to an end.
CAFOD annual campaigns energiser day at Harborne Hall in Birmingham, Sat 5th Nov 10am for a 10.30am start, ending by 4pm with lunch provided. Do let email@example.com if you’d like to come -for anyone who wants to be informed or learn about CAFOD’s campaigning work.
Voting in the referendum begins today and you can easily find reports and commentary about the referendum from most news organisations. As the voting process continues over the rest of the week, we’d like to ask you to keep the people of Sudan in your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Some prayer suggestions: you may find reflections provided by US-based Jesuit Refugee Services to be useful (http://jrsusa.org/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20101216111903), and the official Prayer for Peace in Sudan follows below (also at http://www.cafod.org.uk/content/download/117980/1291976/version/4/file/Sudan+peace+prayer.pdf)
Prayer for Peace in Sudan
Lord Jesus, you said to us;
“I leave you peace. My peace I give you.”
Look upon us your sisters and brothers in Sudan
as we face this moment of referendum.
Send us your Spirit to guide us.
Give us the wisdom we need to choose our future
where we will know your true peace.
You call us out of slavery, oppression, and persecution
so that we may have life in abundance.
Grant us peace with one another.
Give peace among ethnic groups.
Help us to work together for the good of all.
We ask this in your name, Jesus our Lord.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Official prayer of the 101 Days of Prayer for Peace in Sudan. Approved by the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
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Cafod lunches continue on Friday at 1:45 after the 1:15 Mass. Coin collections for CAFOD during Lent, CAFOD soup lunch on Ash Wednesday. Eat for the world.
“Faith-based and secular perspectives on climate change and environmentalism”
As we approach December’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, hailed as the most important political meeting in our lifetime, it’s more crucial now than ever that we seek to understand the diverse attitudes to climate change which exist both globally and within our own community.
Often shaped by religious beliefs, do our perspectives on climate change share common ideological ground, or is only the desire to protect our preferred lifestyles which unites us in the face of climate chaos?
At this unique event, we bring together individuals from a variety of faith and non-faith groups to share their perspectives on climate change, sustainable living and environmental activism.
Confirmed speakers include: Raymond Perrier, Head of Communities at Catholic development charity CAFOD, whose previous work with the British Jesuits and in the marketing industry has given him a particular interest in the issue of ethical development; Allan Allport, a practising Quaker and retired Professor of Experimental Psychology, who will speak about the psychology of sustainability; Rabbi Nathan Levy, the Chief Rabbi’s liaison on environmental issues; and a representative from the Research and Science team at EarthWatch.