‘Just Politics’ focus at national Justice and Peace conference

The Columban Justice, Peace and Ecology Team are looking forward to attending the National Justice & Peace Network of England and Wales Annual Conference in July this year.

Members of the region of Britain at the NJPN Conference in July 2023
Members of the region of Britain at the NJPN Conference in July 2023

The National Justice & Peace Network of England and Wales Annual Conference will take place at Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire on 19th-21st July 2024. The theme for the weekend is ‘Just Politics’ and the aim is to explore the need for truth and integrity in public life. The Columban Justice, Peace and Ecology Team will be there, running a Columban stall and helping with media. Columban JPE Co-ordinator James Trewby will be running a workshop.

The conference attracts Justice and Peace representatives from the Catholic dioceses of England and Wales and representatives of agencies with a focus on social justice.

As people of faith, and in an election year, how are we called to work towards honest dialogue and respectful listening in political and social engagement and seek good governance in all seats of power; local, national, and global? What is our gut response when we hear, via our news channels, that the forthcoming election will be full of ‘dirty tricks and muckraking’? How should we respond to such a depressing and alarming prediction? Is this the level of public discourse that we must accept?

During the weekend we will hear from keynote speakers, take part in workshops, find resources and information in the ‘Just Fair’ and listen to the voices of young adults as they share their hopes and concerns for the future of our world.


Sir John Battle will chair the conference, bringing his vast knowledge and experience of Catholic Social Teaching in action both in the political sphere and in community engagement.


Dr. Guli Francis-Dehqani, Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford, will explore some of the dynamics of public discourse, the implications for individuals and society, some possible solutions and opportunities for Christians and the Church to play a positive role.

Molly Scott Cato, Former Green MEP and currently Finance and Economy Spokesperson for the Green Party, will speak about how untruth is undermining democracy.

Steve Whiting, former manager of the Quaker Turning the Tide Programme, will start to pull together what we have learned from speakers and workshops and help us identify common themes.

Colette Joyce of Westminster Justice and Peace Commission will facilitate the session with young people speaking about their concerns, what action they can take and what they look for from others.

The final part of the conference be facilitated by Fr. Chris Hughes and Sara Bryson who will share and describe how they have used community organising in campaigns with Tyne and Wear Citizens. They will focus on how participants accept the challenges raised during the weekend and how we move forward in our action for peace and social justice.

Please do join the Columbans there. Conference booking details can be found here. 

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