Justice & Peace
Our founders made it their special concern to serve the poor in their need for Christian education. We must do all we can to see that our schools do not exclude the poor, and in all of our apostolates that we do not compromise with any form of social injustice. We must be sensitive ourselves and ready to awaken the consciences of others to the drama of human misery and to the demands of social justice made by the Gospel and the Church.
Basilian Way of Life #65
How we live this...
- Basilian Human Development Fund
- Gospel Peacemaking Programs
- Basilian Peace & Justice Newsletter - Stirrings
- Basilian Peace & Justice Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
- Canadian JustPeace Network
- Gospel Peacemaking Connections
Basilian Human Development Fund
Do you run a program or project harmonious with a biblical vision of justice and peace?
Something that goes beyond helping people directly and is clearly designed to change systems to promote justice and peace more effectively?
Gospel Peacemaking Programs
The Basilian Centre for Peace & Justice, working with The JustPeace Network and Christian Peacemaker Teams, offers many Gospel Peacemaking activities for school, college, church and community groups.
Presentations: Presentations combining stories, photos, videos, reflection and discussion on a variety of current Peacemaking situations from around the world including Aboriginal Justice in Canada, US Borderlands, Israel/Palestine, Colombia, Iraq, Uganda/Congo.
Retreats: Retreat Days for students, or Faith Days for teachers and administrators, focused on Gospel Peacemaking with presentations and discussion interspersed with role plays and practical peacemaking skill building activities.
Basilian Peace & Justice Newsletter
Our Basilian Social Justice Newsletter published seasonally.
Editorial Team Neil Hibberd, Bob Holmes, James Rent and Maurice Restivo
Spring 2013 (PDF)
- Humanitarian Aid to Palestine as Hush Money
- Signs of Hope - Afghan Peace Volunteers
- Weariness in Waiting for a Pope
- Climate Change - Life or Death
- Dream School - Education Beyond the Walls
- The Oscars and Injustice for Moviegoers
Winter 2013 (PDF)
- James Loney: A Peaceable Witness
- Wall of Pain, Wall of Shame in Bethlehem
- Bethlehem: Then and Now
- We Are All Maimed by War
- Truth and Justice in the Movies
Fall 2012 (PDF)
- Remembering Peacemakers: Sr. Ann Montgomery and Rachel Corrie
- Tears of a Holy Land pilgrim
- Peacemaker training
- Hearing the voices of the women religious
- Injustice in the movies
Summer 2012 (PDF)
- The Myth of Redemptive Violence
- Movies and the Myth: Avatar, The Avengers
- Everybody Welcome in Church
- Stations of the Cross on Streets of Houston
- A Long Holy Saturday in Hebron
Winter 2012 (PDF)
- Palestine - Absurdity and Resilience
- Making Space for Zionism
- America the Exceptional
- Racism and Movies: Do the Right Thing, The Help
- Good Books: Falling Upward, Death of Liberal Class
Fall 2011 (PDF)
- Three Occupations
- Book Review: Quest for the Living God
- Occupy Toronto
- A Pilgrim's View of Palestine and Israel
- The "Un-Economy"
Basilian Peace & Justice Pilgrimage
to the Holy Land
A journey of faith and hope in search of Beatitude people - Christians, Muslims and Jews who nonviolently pursue a just peace in the Holy Land
An immersion experience which will deepen your understanding of this conflicted zone and move your heart as we reflect and pray in the places where Jesus was born, lived, taught, died and rose.
This year's pilgrimage is from July 7-21
Canadian JustPeace Network
The JustPeace Network arose from a gathering of pilgrims after the Basilian Peace & Justice Pilgrimage to Colombia in 2005, most of whom were educators. They wanted to continue working for justice and peace and decided that the creation of a JustPeace Network was the way forward.
Check it out at JustPeace Network
The JustPeace Newsletter - connecting educators in seeking the Gospel vision of justice and peace - has as its primary purpose the building a network of educators by providing a forum for exchange of ideas and tools for promoting a movement of justice and peace among youth.
Check out our latest edition at JustPeace Newsletter
The JustPeace Network working with the Basilian Centre for Peace & Justice and Christian Peacemaker Teams offers many Gospel Peacemaking activities for school, college, church and community groups. Besides presentations and retreats the JustPeace Network offers:
Half or Full Day interactive workshops in the spirituality and practice of Gospel Nonviolence led by experienced peacemakers that explore the nature of violence and nonviolence and introduce active peacemaking skills.
Gospel Peacemaking weekends of nonviolence training for personal and social change including learning the principles, skills, resources and practical steps for organizing nonviolent action for justice and peace.
Social Justice Journeys
In November travel is arranged to the SOA (School of the Americas) for the annual vigil calling for the close of this 'School of Assassins.' In July a group visits the Catholic Worker communities in Washington DC and joins in their witness against militarism.
Gospel Peacemaking Connections
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)
CPT delegations offer participants a first-hand experience of CPT's on-the-ground experiment in active peacemaking grounded in the transforming power of Gospel nonviolence. CPT sends short-term (7 - 14 day) peacemaker delegations into crisis settings around the world. These delegations link communities experiencing violence with concerned individuals, churches and groups.
Check it out at Christian Peacemaker Teams
Camp Micah is an ecumenical camp for teenagers nurturing leadership for justice and peace. The program is based on interactive workshops drawn from the prophet Micah: act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly. The site is Cedar Ridge Camp near Bancroft, Ontario during the last week of August.
Check it out at Camp Micah
One World is an immersion living and solidarity program based on the conviction that experiential learning is more effective than 'book learning.' One World offers a summer program in Mexico, a one semester program in El Salvador and an eight month program in Ghana.
Check it out at One World
Pax Christi Toronto is a small but growing group of concerned Catholics who believe that a non-violent approach to living and dealing with the world's problems is the only solution that will work in the long term. Pax Christi Toronto, has been a member organization of the global Pax Christi network since 2010". Pax Christi International is an organization with over 90 member groups and almost 50,000 members worldwide dedicated to peace.
Check it out at Pax Christi Toronto