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Sorry it has been a while since the last Grapevine.  Caritas is now officially one year old, and things are getting busy!

Grapevine started in those strange days of the early lockdown of 2020, with the aim of keeping the Church connected and active.  It developed into the e-bulletin for Caritas.  Two years and 44 issues later we're emerging into a very different world. 

The cost of living crisis has begun biting deep.  The invasion of Ukraine has brought trauma to millions of people and turmoil in the wider world.  Climate change is now bringing near-unliveable heat to some parts of the world.  In all of these, we are not helpless.  The events advertised in this issue will help you take the power which the Gospel gives.

Two online workshops take place before the August break.  Parishes of Welcome will help you reach out to those who are fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.  Faith and Footprint will invite you and your parish to take the journey to zero carbon and celebrate the Season of Creation this autumn. And following workshops earlier this month in Lincoln and Leicester,  Springboard will come to Derby, to explore how we can reach out to the marginalised in Derbyshire, the High Peak and Burton.

This issue also has an invitation to sign up to the new Diocesan e-news.  If you're not already on the list, click the sign-up link below (and don't forget to check your spam in case it ends up there!).  With its wider audience, the e-news will be a more powerful outlet than Grapevine. If you have an outreach story to tell, either there in Grapevine, get in touch and we'll find the best way of getting it out there.

We'll explore in forthcoming issues of Grapevine what kind of communications you need from Caritas to equip you for mission in future.  In the meantime, find out here what's coming up, and get signed up for the Diocesan e-news in time for next month's issue!

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In this issue
Forthcoming Caritas events
  • 9 July: Springboard Derby
  • 18 July: Parishes of Welcome
  • 21 July: Faith and Footprint - Caring for Creation
Events with partners and friends
  • 30 June: Catholic Association for Racial Justice summer workshops
  • 12 July: Social theology at Lincoln Cathedral
  • 14: Faith, Education and the Ecological Crisis
  • 22-24 July: National Justice and Peace Conference
Also a report from the 'I was in Prison' conference, and details of the vacancy for Bishop's Personal Assistant.
Springboard: Derbyshire,
High Peak and Burton

Saturday 9 July
at Our Lady of Lourdes, Mickleover

10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

What does mission look like now?  Come to Springboard in Derby for the third in our series of local workshops.  We'll make plans to move into mission close to home and in the wider world.

It's a time of change and possibility.  At Springboard we'll celebrate the potential of our communities, make plans for the future, and build the infrastructure that will help turn our plans into reality. We will:
  • Catch up on ideas emerging from the Here: Now: Us workshop in Autumn 2021, the Synod consultations, and on parish reorganisation, and explore how to turn them into mission
  • Lay foundations for a Hub to lead and foster social outreach close to home in Derby, Derbyshire, the Peak District and Burton
  • Develop listening skills which will help us hear God's call, value each other's gifts and stories, draw alongside the vulnerable, understand their needs and speak up with them.
A similar event for Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire takes place on Saturday 10 September at the Cathedral.  Booking for that is open too on the link below.
Book here for your local Springboard day
Find out more about Springboard

Parishes of Welcome

Monday 18 July at 7.00 p.m. by Zoom

The war in Ukraine shows no sign of ending soon, and its people are continuing to flee.  Would you like to help your parish extend a welcome to refugees?  Are you seeking to host a family or individual - or do you already have a guest and experience you'd like to exchange with fellow hosts?  If so, join this third 'Parishes of Welcome' workshop from Caritas Diocese of Nottingham.

We'll hear about initiatives taken by individuals and parishes around the diocese to support those who have come to our region for a place of safety.  In informal breakout groups we'll also have an opportunity to develop plans locally for a warm welcome over the summer.

Please register below and make a note in your diary.  A Zoom link will be sent to you a day or two before the workshop.

Book here for Parishes of Welcome, 18 July

Faith and Footprint:

Caring for Creation

Thursday 21 July at 7.00 p.m. by Zoom

In 2001 it was Pope John Paul II who first called for an 'ecological conversion'.  Two decades on there's no mistaking the need for it - not only for ourselves but also for the Church.  Here in the Diocese of Nottingham we're inviting you and your parish to step out on this journey of faith, inspired by Pope Francis' visionary 'green encyclical' Laudato Si'.

Caritas, the Diocese's department for social action, supports a network of Laudato Si Champions - people like you who see for whom Catholic faith and carbon footprint are intertwined.  Whether you've already been to previous workshops, or would simply like to explore the links and 'earth' your faith, you will be warmly welcome to this informal gathering on 21 July.  

We're inviting 'Pioneer Parishes' to scout the journey to zero carbon and make our churches a place where nature finds a home - all inspired by an encounter with Christ who holds all creation together (Colossians 1).

At this workshop, as well as an introduction to 'faith and our environmental footprint' we'll help each other develop eco-initiatives in our parishes and homes.  We'll hear what some parishes have done to earn Cafod's Livesimply Award.  In particular we'll focus on the opportunities for awareness-raising in the upcoming Season of Creation, in September and early October, and we'll explore the material sand resources you could use in your parish.

Book for Faith and Footprint, 21 July

The Gospel calls us not just to love the marginalised, but to listen and learn from them.  This was the call from Pope Francis which Bishop Patrick reiterated when he opened I Was In Prison on 21 May.  The day conference was organised last month by Pact, the national Catholic prison charity, with Caritas and the diocese’s Catholic prison chaplaincy.

There are no fewer than eleven prisons in Nottingham diocese – and there may soon be more.  As Andy Keen-Downs, Pact’s Chief Executive, told the conference, a greater proportion of our population are already in prison than any country in Europe, and the government is planning to build still more places.

The day was billed as an opportunity to listen to people with lived experience of prison.  A spoken word performance by ex-prisoner Lewis spoke eloquently of the profound challenges of the prison experience, and the redemptive power of faith.  Rishi Manning spoke movingly about her work with families visiting their loved ones at HMP Nottingham.  She manages the visitor centre there, a vital service provided by Pact for prisoners' families.

Fr John McCay (Lead Chaplain, Nottingham Diocese) and his nephew Joe (Chaplain at Gartree Prison) shared their experience.  For Joe McCay, prison chaplaincy requires “stripping the Catholic Christian message down to main themes of love, forgiveness, mercy and care.”  Deacon Anthony Sullivan (pictured with Joe below) ministers at Lowdham Grange. He put a call out for parishes to include the name of their local prison in Prayers of the Faithful, with a prayer that “no one should be defined by their worst moment.”

James Seager introduced the work of the Welcome Directory, a network of churches which are working to overcome the barriers which those leaving prison often face.  The same theme of continuity of care ‘through the gate’ surfaced time and again, and remains as an enduring challenge for us here in Nottingham diocese and for the reduction in rates of reoffending. 

With ecumenical partners in Nottingham, and Fr John in the chaplaincy service, Caritas has already begun exploring how we can help ensure that prisoners experience care and support ‘through the gate’.  If you’d like to be part of the ministry among those in prison, as a volunteer for Pact, chaplaincy or Caritas, or just feel called somehow to help, get in touch below and we'll help you find the right direction.

With thanks to Gerry Molumby Photos for images and material for this article.

Find our more about prison ministry opportunities

Seven years after the publication of Laudato Si', educators continue to face the challenge of integrating faith and spirituality into teaching about our present ecological crisis. How can we empower our young people to take action and become the ecological citizens of the future?

This symposium brings together voices from across the education sector, including teachers, educators, and academics, to explore the themes of education, faith, and ecology. Join us as we share new ideas, lived experiences, and innovative research about climate education in an exciting evening of talks and presentations.

One of the papers presented will be from Paul Bodenham at Caritas Diocese of Nottingham, on the subject of 'Integrated Climate Education and Pastoral Care: the need and opportunity for pathfinder research'.

Sr. Margaret Atkins,  Canoness of St Augustine and Research Fellow at Blackfriars, Oxford, will conclude the event with a keynote talk.  Alongside presentations from numerous panellists from various disciplines, the evening is sure to be packed with insightful discussions on faith, education, and the ecological crisis.

Book for 'Faith, Education and the Ecological Crisis'

The Catholic Association for Racial Justice is organising seven workshops reflecting on how policy and practice may promote diversity, equality and community in UK society. Each will last one hour with one or two speakers and ample time for questions and discussion. All are welcome. There is no charge. A zoom link will be sent to you a few days before the event.

Race Policy
Inclusive Britain: Government Response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Thursday 30 June (6:00 p.m.)

White Paper – Opportunity for All: Strong Schools with Great Teachers for your Child

Thursday 14 July (6:00)

Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Act
Police Race Action Plan

Saturday 23 July (10:00 a.m.)

Human Rights 
Proposals to Reform the Human Rights Act
Thursday 4 August (6:00 p.m.)

Immigration and Nationality 
Report on the Historical Roots of the Windrush Scandal
Nationality and Borders Act

Saturday 20 August (10:00 a.m.)

Royal College of Nursing Employment Survey 2021:
Workforce Diversity and Employment Experiences

Thursday 1 September (6:00 p.m.)

Private Rented Sector White Paper
Social Housing Regulation Bill (as trailed in the Queens Speech)
The Grenfell Inquiry

Saturday 17 September (10:00 a.m.)

Email CARJ to book a place
Caritas is delighted to be partners with Lincoln Cathedral in a series of lectures over 2022 and 2023 on the theme of social theology - how God calls us to engage with the world, in terms of the economy, work, nature, freedom, social peace, politics and civic life.

The lectures draw on Catholic Social Teaching and Anglican Social Theology to explore how the Christian tradition can be a blessing to public life and discourse. The series will form a part of Lincoln Cathedral's Common Good Project, shaping the cathedral’s civic and social engagement over the coming years. 

12 July 2022, 6.30pm
St Hugh’s Choir, Lincoln Cathedral. £5

Just voting?

On political participation and civic life.
Maurice Glasman

Baron Glasman is an English political theorist, academic, social commentator, and Labour life peer in the House of lords. He is professor of Politics at St Mary’s University, and also director of The Common Good Foundation, which is involved in local community organising work in Grimsby

Book your place to hear Maurice Glasman here
Find out more about the series at Lincoln Cathedral
If you missed the first lecture by Jenny Sinclair, founder director of Together for the Common Good, please click on the link above.

Further speakers in the series include:

27 September 2022: Edward Hadas, Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and author of Counsels of Imperfection: Thinking Through Catholic Social Teaching
JUST BEING? On the dignity and divine calling of the human person. Can people be who they truly are in the modern world?

18 October: Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, and Visiting Professor in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Winchester
JUST CHURCH? How does Catholic Social Teaching fit into the mission of the Church of England? What is the Anglican legacy for the common good and how might it become a church for England?

National Justice and Peace Conference

22-24 July 2022 at Swanwick

After months of sadness and uncertainty the NJPN Conference ‘Hope! a verb with its sleeves rolled up’ aims to inspire us to look for signs of hope in our communities and in our wider world. Our hope is that, following the Conference we will all return to our communities with enthusiasm and increased commitment to work for a more just and peaceful world for all God’s creation. We will consider, how, as activists and people of faith, we might support those in most need and enable them to envisage a more hopeful future. Over the weekend we will be identifying  hopeful possibilities in our world.

We will listen to inspiring keynote speakers, take part in interactive workshops as well as in liturgical celebrations. There will be time to relax, enjoy meeting friends old and new. The peaceful atmosphere of the surroundings will provide a space for reflection and enjoyment.

As usual, a group of us are attending from the Diocese of Nottingham.  If it's your first time and you want to be sure to find friends, get in touch with Caritas and we'll make sure to look out for you!

Book for the Justice & Peace Conference

Reporting directly to the Bishop, duties range from complex diary management to the management of projects and to taking responsibility for his administrative and secretarial needs.

Based at: Bishop’s House Nottingham (or other Diocesan Curial Offices as required).

Contract: Nominal hours are 37½ hours per week. Out of hours will be necessary on occasions. Overtime will not be paid.

Salary: £27-£32 thousand p.a. (depending upon qualifications and experience)

Benefits: Contributory pension scheme 

To apply: email for an application form

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