Justice and peace
Justice and Peace is a church ministry, the Jesus’ way of life, through which committed Catholics take responsibility to transform injustices in society: injustices against human dignity and human rights; against God’s creation, using scriptures and the Social Teachings of the Church [STCs]. In Luke 4; 16 we find the mandate of Justice and Peace expressly espoused by our Lord. Justice and Peace help empower people to deal with issues of injustice so as to transform themselves and the society and as Pope Paul VI once said “there is no Peace without Justice”.
Since it is the church’s role to be the conscience of the society, J&P, take this responsibility in the chaplaincy and throughout our Centres. The spirituality of Justice and Peace embraces the values of Jesus [Faith and Love] and expresses them through words and actions, by building relationships, guided by the Holy Spirit.
In the chaplaincy J&P will look at some of the following issues within the parish’s small Christian communities [SCCs] and the geographical area surrounding our centers : fairness and equality; injustices in families, small Christian communities, as well as political and environmental injustices, not forgetting the assisting of immigrants on issues which deal with all the above.
Manadate Of Justice & Peace
The Justice & Peace Committee is mandated by the chaplaincy to champion the social issues of this community and its scope includes but not limited to;
- Promoting Peace and harmony in the community- The J&P acts as the glue that binds the community together and ensure that there is peace and working together in the community. Addressing injustice within the church itself so that it can a credible witness to its gospel message.
- Social Justice- The organ will work for fair and proper administration of laws conforming to the natural law that all persons, irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, possessions, race, religion, etc., are to be treated equally and without prejudice. Work to eradicate any forms of “ism”, i.e. Tribalism, xenophobic tendencies and any ills that work to destroy the peace and harmony of the community
- Reconciliation- Provide a framework for members of the community to reconcile and restore relationships.
- Integration into the local church –Help the community integrate with various local parishes (Integration does not mean participation but to be part of), promoting learning of languages and building of relations with the local church.