Justice & Peace report

The Justice and Peace group met throughout the year at the Olive Grove Cafe in the Kingsmills area of town.  Although most members are from St Ninian’s Church we consider it an opportunity for our churches to work together.

Two of our meetings last year coincided with events at Crown Church regarding Scotland’s Independence Referendum. We decided to join with other parishes in the town to listen and consider issues in a Christian context in the lead up to the vote. Both events were video linked to speakers in Edinburgh. In the post-referendum event we were able to submit feedback to the Smith Commission to be considered in the new devolved powers for Scotland.

One meeting was devoted to learning  more about the elections that were taking place in Nigeria. Dominic from St Mary’s shared with us his experiences and insights about the situation in Nigeria where there was an opportunity to ask questions about this large and important African nation.

One evening was devoted to learning more about the impact that climate change is having on our planet and its poorest and most vulnerable people. We had the opportunity to share ideas about reducing our carbon footprints and doing our part to reduce environmental damage.

Another meeting coincided with Fr Bell’s evening talk on Julian of Norwich at St Columba’s. We decided to join the other parishes for this evening of information and prayer.

Between all of those informative meetings some of our evenings had a large part devoted to praying for peace in our communities and around the world.  In December we had a candlelight service praying for peace in our families and in our world. Recently we devoted one evening to praying for the people of Nepal after the earthquakes, and migrants who are fleeing dangerous circumstances in the hope of  living better lives.

In the past couple of years, members have expressed an interest in becoming more active in the area of Justice and Peace in our local community. Last June we became aware of an initiative to begin cooking meals for the homeless in Inverness. Several members have become involved in Inverness Foodstuff which is a joint venture between churches, Highland Council and NHS. There are approximately 10 parishioners from St Ninian’s now regularly volunteering to either cook or serve meals each month. One parishioner secured a grant from his workplace to help get this programme off the ground.

The number of people who attend our monthly meetings varies, generally about 8 people, more if there is a special speaker. Meetings are open to all and we warmly welcome anyone who would like to join us.

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