At its online gathering, around 40 members – including Bishop Paul McAleenan, auxiliary in Westminster and lead bishop on Migration – heard how CARJ’s work has increased exponentially this year. There were reports on the Travellers Network, Urban Network, Schools Project, and the Christian Network Against Caste Discrimination. Workshops are being developed for seminaries on such themes as ‘Belonging’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’. Schools’ workshops are also available. CARJ’s chair, Mrs Yogi Sutton, said that, “the very obvious need for pro racial justice work within the church calls on all of us for even greater efforts”.
The past seven months – with the pandemic, the death of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter – has been a time of increased interest in racial justice. The Columbans picked up on this with our annual competition ‘Let’s Create A World Without Racism’.
The competition is open for writing and image entries until 20 February 2021 and winners will be announced on 15 March 2021. The objective is to encourage students 14-18 years old to use their media skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to society today and resonates with Catholic Social Teaching.