The National Justice and Peace Network in England and Wales currently has its main focus on 'Poverty and Inequality in the UK'.
The National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) welcomes all who share a vision of a world in which people live in peace and harmony, where our common humanity is respected and all are able to contribute freely to the common good.
NJPN seeks to encourage work for justice and peace by promoting communication and shared action between members, supporters and partners.
The Network was started in 1978 and has organised annual weekend conferences since that date. Regular communication is maintained through open networking meetings, email bulletins, the newsletter and information circulated from our working parties. This work is facilitated by the NJPN Administrator.
Membership is open to groups and individuals of all faiths and none, who share the vision, mission and values of the network. It is based in England and Wales.
NJPN membership currently includes representatives from diocesan justice and peace commissions or groups, religious and missionary orders with a special calling for justice and peace work, agencies and organisations engaged in work for peace and social justice, representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, local J&P groups as well as individuals.
While the ethos of the network is strongly rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, many J&P groups around the country work ecumenically and others with inter-faith partners.
Most Catholic dioceses have Commissions or Coordinating Committees furthering justice and peace work in their diocese and a number have dedicated fieldworkers.
Much of the work of the Network links into the campaigns organised by affiliated agencies. As well as working on global issues like the cancellation of third world debt, groups and commissions around the country are involved in national and local issues: poverty, inequality, credit unions, housing and homelessness, supporting refugees and asylum seekers, environmental issues etc.