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“This is what Yahweh asks of you: to act justly, love tenderly & walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8. Jesus says, “The spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has annointed me to bring the good news to the afflicted. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives, sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19. Our Bishops say, “The Good News of he Gospel ... always requires transformation of an unjust social order.” The Common Good 1996.

How is this done?
The Pastoral Cycle – A prophetic, christian way of examining the world and acting to shape it.

The Hebrew word for peace, Shalom, comes from the root ‘slm’ which means “to be whole, complete” and, hence, refers to social and personal well-being in the widest possible sense.

The Commission was formed and commissioned by Bishop John Brewer on Peace Sunday 1990. With the Bishop as President, it is made up of two or three members from each of the seven geographical or pastoral areas of the Diocese, plus two ecumenical members. As of the beginning of 1994, the Commission has met on four Saturdays per year and at other times by arrangement for study groups and working parties. The Commission employs a part-time worker who is based as St. Bernadette's Parish House in Lancaster.

Current members of the Commission are:
Rt Rev M. Campbell (President), Rev. Hugh Pollock (Chair), Janet McElwee (Treasurer), Gerard Cunningham (Vice-Chair), Rev Jerome Ainsworth, Emily Forbes, Francis Katamba, Terry Mattinson, Sr Anthony Macdonald and Patrick Rooney. Reps: CAFOD - Rosa Trefla, Ecumenical - Ruth Clarke (CTinC), Debbie Peatman (CTinL).

In all our work, we attempt to use the methodology of the 'pastoral cycle', a prophetic, Christian way of examining the world and acting to change it.

Rooted in God’s life and love, we, the Faith and Justice Commission, come together to:

...be active in promoting JUSTICE, LOVE AND PEACE.
...identify the tensions experienced by people as they live their faith.
...support, nurture and celebrate each other.