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Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

As the newest Diocesan department (commissioned late 2015), the Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) department is fully integrated into the Diocesan structures, and continues to strengthen support and the provision of resources for parishes and communities throughout the Diocese on issues pertaining to the Common Good, with a focus on the last three marks of mission that is:

  1. To respond to human need by loving service
  2. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
  3. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Since its inception, the department has, and continues to form extensive links with both statutory and voluntary sector organisations in all areas of work, recognising that the effectiveness of our work on the Common Good is fundamentally based on good strategic partnerships.

A fundamental aspect of the department’s mandate is also to advise our Diocesan Bishops, Clergy, parishes and communities on social justice issues. In addition to this, the department also oversees three other equally pivotal programmes and projects central to the last three Marks of Mission, and crucial to the Diocesan vision.

These programmes and projects include:

  1. Together Southwark, which is the joint venture between the Diocese and the Church Urban Fund (CUF). This area of work primarily focuses on supporting parishes to identify deprivation in their areas, and devise practical ways to challenge unjust structures, and respond to human need by loving service.
  2. Interfaith projects are an important aspect of the Diocesan commitment to presence and engagement with different faith communities in our Diocese. This area of work focuses on encouraging churches to ‘love their neighbours of other faiths’, and live well together in peace, and work collaboratively for the Common Good.
  3. The department also oversees environmental projects, which focuses on the fifth mark of mission, with a focus on encouraging parishes to be more intentional in caring for creation.

Working across a broad spectrum of issues including diversity and inclusion, environment, social and community cohesion, interfaith and religious dialogue, housing and homelessness, Justice, Peace and the Law, poverty, migration and refugees, our staff team work together and individually to support, inspire and lead in specific areas of work and expertise.

Please contact us for further information, advice and support

The JPIC Team