Handouts 1-5 cover Refugees, handout 6 Asylum Seekers, handout 7 Social Justice and Prayer and handouts 8-12 Climate Justice.
Social Justice Forum, 2015-2018: a summary.
Launched December 2015 on Franciscan principles: 1. Study; 2. Prayer; 3. Active service.
• Twelve meetings, 2015-2018, with average participation by 12. Contact list of 35:
Printed handout distributed at each meeting and after placed on St Anne’s web site with paper copy on notice board.
Asylum seekers 1
Prayer and social justice 1
Climate justice. 5
• Three public meetings in 2018, with audiences from 40 – 100, on climate change:
1. Laudato Si – Bishop David Atkinson / Father Nicholas King SJ
2. Human Development – Professor Ian Christie / David Nussbaum
3. Kew Gardens – Richard Deverell / Brother Sam, SSF
• Survey completed, Autumn 2018, to assess impact.
Actual outcomes included:
• Contact with Breaking Barriers (helping refugees find jobs matching their skills)
• Contact with CARAS (Tooting based charity providing help and support through activities and classes to Refugees and Asylum Seekers)
• Prayer card for refugees
• Declaration of Fellowship, following the Bishop of Southwark, with refugees
• Harvest supper, 2016, cooked by the Chickpea Sisters
• Carbon Fast, Lent 2018
• Church Statement of Intent and Plan of Action in relation to Climate Change
• Contact with Hope for the Future (helping churches contact their MPs about climate change
• Letter to Zac Goldsmith MP and Sarah Olney (Lib Dem candidate) on climate change signed by 100 people
• £925 raised for climate related causes at Climate Change public talks
• Individual engagement with Social Justice issues
4. Next Steps
Claudine and Christopher have completed their three year commitment and wish to step back (but not to disengage).
1. Will M&M take this on?
2. Should we have an annual event at St Anne’s – starting this year with Rowan Williams lecture?
3. What other steps could be taken to build this into the normal life of St Anne’s?
Christopher Stephens and Claudine McCreadie, February 2019