The National Justice and Peace Network Conference (NJPN) was held at: The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick Derbyshire Friday 20th -Sunday 22nd July
Theme: “A New World Order- China today and Our Response.”
Some 300 adults attended this annual Justice and Peace Conference. Also attending were a number of little children and young people. All were invited to take a full part in the weekends discussions and activities.
The Sunday Liturgy was as always a highly significant part of the programme and we were privileged to welcome Cardinal Keith O’Brien from Scotland to celebrate Sunday Mass for us, with Fr. Eamonn O’Brien (Columban Missionary) concelebrating.
The Cardinal had visited China through his involvement with (CEC) Cultural Exchange with China.
The Focus of the Seminars was the Cultural Exchange with China and the present state of China with particular reference to its place in the Catholic Church.
We received useful information about the size and population of the country and the history of the church there over the past 30 years proceeding from the times of savage persecution until the rapidly changing situation today.
Having had the chance to listen to and talk with Chinese nationals we heard from Martin Palmer (Alliance of Religious Conversation) who has lived and taught in China.
We were reminded that there is only one Church and Chinese Catholics belong to it; that the teaching of English by our own people through the Chinese Cultural Exchange plays a vital part in the progress of China into the 21st Century, and the importance of friendship between people in the West and Chinese people whether in China or here in the UK.
This was an enlightening and inspiring weekend Conference.