Justice & Peace

The Art of Listening and Discernment

By JPCA / April 9, 2024
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    Over the weekend the Justice and Peace Commission held its first ‘Reshaped in the Spirit’ meeting which used the Synodal Church method of listening, discernment and participation prompted by prayer and the Holy Spirit to help guide intentions toward reshaping the Commission to reflect a more proactive, productive, and co-responsible future. It was truly an ear, mouth, and heart-opening experience as each participant, guided by a well-known and experienced facilitator, contemplated questions on the Commission’s past, present and future, to discern and pray upon answers before giving responses. What was certain after the meeting was that the Spirit …
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Child Poverty: A Tale of Inheritance

By JPCA / March 22, 2024
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Inheritance is often thought of in positive terms of reward, something to look forward to or seek. When inheritance is poverty, no one is known for putting their hand out and asking for a second helping. Poverty has no friends, yet seems to be in ever-increasing company in Aotearoa, New Zealand, especially among our youngest and most vulnerable members of our society, our tamariki. Data from Stats NZ report a disturbing statistical rise of 2% from 10.5% to 12.5% of our children living in material hardship in just one year. We are quick to jump to these provided statistics, and …
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Welcome to the Justice and Peace Commission Blog

By JPCA / March 1, 2024
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Signs of the Times Here we hope to introduce a new online space where we can informally express how life is perceived through the lens of Gospel readings, Catholic Social Teaching, and social justice issues that directly affect our day-to-day life in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, Aotearoa. Please remember this is an online sacred space. Any comments or opinions are welcome, but should reflect the peace and justice we hope to establish within this digital forum. Nau Mai, Piki Mai, Haere Mai, JPCA