What JPIC Education does

Exploring justice and peace
Exploring justice and peace

Columban Justice and Peace Education helps young people and educators explore the relationship between faith and action, working through schools, parishes and collaborative projects.

Schools

For young people

We have a number of sessions on a range of themes, and run retreat days and workshops for primary, secondary and sixth form groups.

Topics include elements of Catholic Social Teaching (such as solidarity, dignity, participation, vocation and community), examples of faith in action (including Oscar Romero and Columban works such as the Lay Missionaries or the Negros 9) and exploration of social justice issues (including migration, climate change, slum communities, intercultural learning and perceptions of poverty).

Working with the Catholic Missionary Union, we have helped develop ‘Meet a Missionary’, a resource enabling educators to give young people here an interactive encounter with Catholic Missionaries who are living out the gospel in countries all over the world.

We are also keen to support schools and colleges who send groups to visit countries in the Global South. We offer training for leaders as well as materials and workshops for preparation and follow up. See ‘Playgrounds for the rich or a real chance to learn?’

For educators

We love working with educators! We provide experiential learning opportunities, both in the UK (for example, in prisons, around homelessness and asylum/refugee issues) and overseas, as well as teacher training days, twilight sessions and staff retreats for educators.

As part of a coalition of organisations we offer INSET days for Catholic schools. These Catholic Spirituality INSET days include time for prayer and reflection, thought-provoking input and workshops that challenge and inspire.

The actual content of these days are tailored to the needs of each school but some of the themes available include:

  • Education as vocation
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Teaching and learning about injustice
  • What’s distinctive about Catholic education?
  • Creative prayer with young people
  • Being a school for peace
  • The environment and Laudato Si’

For whole staff INSET days/half-days we work in collaboration with others, including Pax Christi, the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Augustinians.

Parishes

We are very keen to support those who work with young people in parishes and dioceses. This includes offering training for catechists as well as retreats and workshops for confirmation and youth groups.

Working collaboratively with others we have helped develop ‘www.justicefaithfamily.org’, a website offering materials to help families explore justice and peace, learning and acting together for the common good.

Collaboration

Collaboration is core to the Columban charism; “partnership is our way of being on mission” (Called to Communion, 2012).

Examples include
‘Meet a Missionary’ with the Catholic Missionary Union
– www.justicefaithfamily.org, exploring faith in action in the home/family with CAFOD and the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
– Our ‘Faith in Action’ Volunteer programme
– Active membership of the Peace Education Network
– Active membership of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation, particularly around Flame
– INSET for educators with Pax Christi, the Salesians and others
Faith in Action Week at Savio House with Salesian Youth Ministry
– Learning about non-violent direct action on Ash Wednesday with Pax Christi
– Experiential learning visits to prisons with Best Start for Families
Homeless sleep out experiential learning with Housing Justice