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How to put your faith into action during lockdown

Churches may be closed, but CAFOD offers ways of putting your faith into action during lockdown. Jane Crone from CAFOD in East Anglia shares three ideas for ways you can be active from home.

Share your ideas with other likeminded people.

On Saturday November 14 anyone interested in campaigning with CAFOD is welcome to join our free online event – “Faith into action: building a better world after the pandemic”. Whilst we recover and rebuild for the future, we need to remember to tackle poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, and the climate emergency. This will enable us to respond to Pope Francis’ call to hear both “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” in Laudato Si. Our day of discussion and workshops will look at the actions we can take to ensure we continue to tackle poverty and the climate crises after the pandemic.

Guest speakers will include practical theologian Sam Ewell, climate campaigners from across the world and CAFOD campaigners who will explain how through campaigning with CAFOD you can help to turn Pope Francis’ words into reality.

Sign up on the CAFOD website.

Keep praying

CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund and other faith groups have invited everyone to join a year of prayer for our common home. From Ash Wednesday until the next United Nations Climate Change Conference we’ll be praying without ceasing for the renewal of the earth. The Coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the injustices already faced by vulnerable communities and on the climate crisis. Pray with us as we look towards a fairer, more just society, where the world’s most vulnerable people can live in dignity and our common home can be restored for future generations. You can do it on your own, in your community or in your parish – just pick the day and the time you want to pray and sign up on CAFOD’s website.

Write an encouraging message to a Human Rights defender or activist

More than 300 human rights defenders were killed last year while fighting to protect their lands and nature, to halt the climate crisis or stand up for peace and human rights. Hundreds more were threatened or criminalised. During lockdown why not send a message to the brave by writing to a human rights defender or environmental activist from Latin America, the Democratic Republic of Congo or the Occupied Palestinian Territories. These brave people are risking everything to defend our brothers and sisters and to protect our common home. Let’s not forget them this Christmas. You can send a card of solidarity which will show them that they aren’t alone in their struggles, but that they have a community of people in the UK who are all praying and standing with them. Find out more on CAFOD’s website.

Pictured above is of Claire Robinson, a CAFOD parish and school volunteer from Framlingham, at The Time is Now mass lobby of parliament in June 2019