The JPD Commission is a group of Catholics from around the Archdiocese who are passionate about promoting justice, peace and development activities.
The JPD Commission endeavour to:
- foster and promote the social teaching of the Church with particular emphasis on justice, peace, development and protecting the integrity of creation in collaboration with the Archbishop.
- scrutinise the signs of the times and to interpret them in the light of the Gospel with the approval of the Archbishop.
- serve the Archdiocese by promoting a greater awareness and understanding of the social teaching of the Church, and by encouraging the Catholic people of the Archdiocese to work for justice, peace, development and protecting the integrity of creation
- aim to ensure that every member of the Archdiocese knows that justice is at the heart of the gospel.
Therefore, as the JPD Commission we:
- celebrate Eucharist with integrity and are transformed to go out and face the social justice challenges in our society.
- have an awareness of social justice issues at local and global levels, through life-long education in Catholic social teaching.
- are empowered and mobilised to work on issues in collaboration with other parishes and organisations. This includes collaboration across the wider Christian and other faith communities, as with other people of good will.
- formally recognise the ministry of social justice animators, and provide them with the support they need in their role.
- express our faith through action, willing to leave our comfort zones, not just looking after ourselves, and open to the risks and conversion involved in questions of social justice.
- develop both long-term social justice policies and the ability to respond quickly to emergencies and urgent issues.
- respect and acknowledge cultural diversity and different understandings of life, valuing people for who they are.
- affirm the importance of both social services and social justice, and use the political system to bring about the resolution of structural injustices.
- are committed to a preferential option for the poor, vulnerable and disenfranchised.
- are committed to a consistent ethic of life, recognizing the connectedness of all life. This includes commitment to unborn life and to the frail elderly, care of the earth, and promoting the goodness of all Creation.
- make a commitment to reconciliation and healing with people within the Church community as well as beyond: tangata whenua, addressing our history, and people who have left or are excluded from the Church.
- are committed to ongoing development of lay leadership in the whole Archdiocese, creating a culture of participation and involvement.
- have recourse to specialist input on complex issues, for example bioethics, and make better use of social justice tools and resources that already exist.
- facilitate information sharing among parishes, chaplaincies and other social agencies, with practical ways to develop the heart of people for justice.
- acknowledge the priority of social justice in the organisational life of Pastoral Areas and parishes.
- hope to see peace and compassion grow through working for justice.