Justice and Peace Conference 2013

21/02/2013 11:30 am

St Frances Xavier Patron Saint of Migrants and Refugees

19 - 21 July 2013

The National Justice and Peace Network organises an annual conference at The Hayes Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. Each year a different diocese helps in the organisation and choice of theme.

This year the 35th annual conference will take place in conjunction with Hallam Justice & Peace Commission. The theme will be “Breaking Open the Word” - A call to faith in action.

“By faith, countless Christians have promoted action for justice so as to put into practice the word of the Lord, who came to proclaim deliverance from oppression and a year of favour for all (Lk 4:18-19)

From the letter of Pope Benedict to introduce the Year of Faith

Through input from the main speaker, Megan McKenna, and a range of workshops and creative spaces, the conference will seek to:

  • explore ways of integrating action and faith through prayer, art and lifestyle
  • critique current social, economic and political realities from the perspective of the poor, in the light of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching
  • provide opportunities for concrete action


Megan McKenna, a native of New York City has lived in and visited North and South America, Europe and collection of islands around the world.

She works with indigenous groups, in base Christian Communities and with justice and peace groups, parishes, dioceses and religious communities. In 2002 she was appointed an Ambassador of Peace for Pax Christi. An internationally known author, theologian, storyteller and lecturer, she is foremost a lover of words: the Scriptures, stories and tales, poetry, images and phrases spoken aloud, written down and spun to make meaning and how these both convert and transform us and bring meaning and hope to the world.

John Battle, former MP, Minister of State and Director of Church Action on Poverty, will chair the conference.


Planned workshops include: CAFOD Hungry for Change; Adult Formation; Progressio—Women and fragile states; Prayer and Action; Media; Racism; Church Action on Poverty; Environment; UK Austerity; Peacekeeping; Gender; Music as an expression of social justice; Working with allies in a secular society; Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Plus: An Eritrean Coffee Ceremony.

There will be a reflective space throughout the weekend facilitated by Inspirative Arts.


For more information and a booking form download the flyer on the top right of this page.


The National Justice and Peace Network links people who have a concern for justice and peace. It acts as a hub for the exchange of information and offers support and encouragement for groups and individuals. It also provides a channel between issues and campaigns.


NJPN Conference 2013 Flyer

NJPN-Conference-2013-Flyer.pdf 73.63 kB

National Justice and Peace Network 2013 Conference flyer and booking form.