Catholic Social Teaching.org.uk is a livesimply initiative, a network of 60+ charities who support the radical idea that God calls us to look hard at our lifestyles and live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with poor people at home and overseas.
The livesimply project of the Catholic Social Teaching website, was launched in Nov 2006, inspired by the encyclical Populorum Progressio on “The Development of Peoples” wrote by Pope Paul VI in 1967. It’s key message: ‘God asks us to look at our lifestyles and to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with those in poverty’, is one that every faith based community can take on-board.
The vision for the livesimply challenge is that by making more explicit the link between faith and action, global social justice will become a mainstream concern for a more diverse range of Catholics. More Catholics will change their attitudes, lifestyles and behavior in response to the challenge and make a clear and lasting commitment to action for social justice.
livesimply encourages people to deepen their faith and discern in prayer what they are called to be and do. People are challenged not only to learn about ‘the Church’s best kept secret’ but then to respond through prayer and liturgy, through campaigning, through local action, and through lifestyle change.
livesimply Coordinating Group
The livesimply Coordinating group is the executive board of livesimply, it is composed of individuals who are experts in their field and have a passion for social justice. The individuals represent the 60+ charities in the livesimply network.
The Livesimply network
The livesimply network is made up of over 60 charities, dioceses and religious orders: Arundel & Brighton Diocese, Association of Catholic Chaplains, Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales, Bosco Volunteer Action, Brigidine Sisters, Brothers of Charity, CAFOD, CSAN, CARJ, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Catholic Education Service, Catholic Peoples Weeks, Christian Concern for One World, Christian Ecology Link, Christian Life Community, Church Action on Poverty, Columban Justice & Peace, Conference of Religious, Congregation of Jesus, Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Helpers of the Holy Souls, Housing Justice, Jesuits, Jesuit Missions, Jesuit Refugee Service, Just Youth, La Retraite Congregation, Leeds Diocese, Liverpool Archdiocese, Middleton Grange Retreat Centre, Missio, Mount St. Jesuit Centre, National Catholic Refugee Forum, NBCW, NCLA, National Justice & Peace Network, Oikocredit UK, Operation Noah, Pax Christi, Portsmouth Diocese, Progressio, Redemptorist Publications, Salford Diocese, Salesians of Don Bosco, Sion community, Society of St. Gregory, Soli House Youth Retreat Centre, Southwark Archdiocese, SPEC Centre, St.Benedict’s College, St.Vincent de Paul, The Ascent Movement, The Catenian Association, The Grail Society, The Knights of St. Colomba, The Marist Way, The Passionist Congregation, The Servite Sisters, Verbum Dei, Vides UK, Vincentians in Partnership, Westminster Archdiocese and YCW Impact.
Meet our Patrons
livesimply is proud to have two senior church figures as patrons. They are the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols and the Bishop of Clifton, The Rt Rev Declan Lang.
Archbishop Nichols said, “To live more simply and in solidarity is a radical gesture against injustice throughout the world… To live more simply is to live more spiritually. Public culture in Britain today is aggressively secular and we must take on empty secularism.”
Bishop Lang said, “We must continue to be aware of the way our lifestyle can greatly affect the environment within which we live.
The consequences of our actions can have a life-changing effect on our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. We are part of creation and the planet has been entrusted to us as a gift to be respected and passed on to future generations. We are called not only to have a profound respect for human life, but all life as created by God.”
Fr. Jim O’Keefe, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Christine Allen, Raymond Perrier, Ellen Teague, Pat Gaffney, Martin Poulsom, Susy Brouard, Anne Peacey, John Battle, Megan McKenna, Brian Davies, Mary Colwell, Dermott McNulty, Tina Beattie, Alison Gelder, Keith Ewing, Kevin Burr, Frances Murphy, Lee Siggs, Reverend John Sentamu, James Trewby, Bruce Kent, Steve Atherton, Ashleigh Callow, Ged Clapson, Sr. Margaret Scott, Julian Filochowski, Esther Trewinnard, Danny Curtin, Patrick Hynes and Chris Knowles.
The following organisations have financed the CST project: Jesuit Social Justice Fund, Progressio, Sisters of Mercy, CAFOD, and an unknown benefactor. Thank you for your support in making it possible.
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