JUSTICE & PEACE COMMISSION

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston & Anglican Diocese of Ontario

Valerie Kelly, Chair
JusticeandPeaceARC@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/justiceandpeacecommission/

Deacon Blaine Barclay, RC Clergy Representative bbarclay31@me.com

For more information about the Justice & Peace Commission please contact:
 Valerie Kelly

 

MINUTES - JANUARY 2019


HISTORY

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Kingston was established in 1987. The inaugural meeting was held on 17 November 1987. In the early 1990s John Gomes, Coordinator, was instrumental in obtaining the approval of the Catholic Archbishop and the Anglican Bishop to have representatives from the Anglican Church sit on the Catholic Archdiocesan Commission. After several years of working together, the relationship of the two faiths became more formalized when Bishop George Bruce, Anglican Diocese of Ontario, agreed to become an ex officio member of the Commission in 2003. Formal recognition of the relationship of the two faiths on the Commission was confirmed in 2005, when Archbishop Meagher, Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston and Bishop Bruce, Anglican Diocese of Ontario accepted the adoption of the Mission Statement of the Justice and Peace Commission.

MISSION


We, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston and the Anglican Diocese of Ontario, united by the Holy Spirit in our common commitment to the social imperatives of the Gospel, promote the understanding and practice of Christian social teaching, as we work and pray for the coming of the Kingdom and work towards a just and peaceful society.

 

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

The foundation of all Catholic Social Teaching is the inherent dignity of the human person, as created in the image and likeness of God. The Church, therefore, calls for Integral Human Development, which concerns the wellbeing of each person in every dimension: economic, political, social, ecological, and spiritual.We all have a right to those things which are required by Human Dignity. Rights arise from what we need to live as God intended us to. These are innately linked with our responsibility to ensure the rights of others – that we do not take more than is needed to fulfill our rights at the expense of another’s.

 CARE OF CREATION

Laudato Si
A Resource for Laudato Si 
(Living Out Laudato Si, CCCB, Sept. 1, 2017)

 

Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 2018
Pope Francis' Message

 

JUSTICE & PEACE & INTEGRITY OF CREATION (JPIC)


CONTRIBUTING REPRESENTATIVES

• Development & Peace
• Primates World Relief and Development Fund
• Prison Ministry (Sharon Dunlop)
• PeaceQuest (Bronek Korczynski)
• DOORS: Diocese of Ontario Refugee Support (Bronek Korczynski)
• Roman Catholic parishes liaison (Rev. Blaine Barclay)
• Kingston Faith and Justice Coalition (Leigh Smith)
• Green Group (Leigh Smith)
• Youth Ministry (Nadia Gundert)
• Religious Education (Mary-Jo Mackinnon-Simms)
• Human Trafficking (Rev. John vanStone)

• Affordable Housing (Spring 2019)
• Journeys to Justice Panel Discussion (Nov 2018)
• Prison Farms advocacy
• DOORS: Refugee Sponsorship events and support
• Correctional Services of Canada Chaplaincy advocacy
• PeaceQuest participation & support
• KAIROS: blanket exercise
• Green Group: supporting events
• Human Trafficking

 

TALKING CIRCLE FOR RECONCILIATION
As Christians, we are called “to accept the world as a sacrament of communion, as a way of sharing with God and our neighbors on a global scale. It is our humble conviction that the divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation, in the last speck of dust of our planet. READ MORE
(Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 14) 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
Canada needs a legislative framework to fulfill the promise of this vital human rights instrument

 

RELATED LINKS


Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Vatican Justice and Peace Office
Catholic Social Teaching
Citizens for Public Justice
Kairos Canada 
Centre for Social Justice
ISARC – Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition