I am a Theology and Religion student from the University of Birmingham currently doing a 2-week volunteering placement with CAFOD.
I chose to do my placement with CAFOD due to the global work the charity does and my interest in how religion affects society.
During my time at CAFOD I have had many experiences. I have been involved in workshops, meetings, writing blog posts and articles, looking at the impact of social media and much more.
Me in New York
Looking at the social media for different regions and the most popular tweets/facebook posts/ blog posts was really interesting. Social media has a huge impact in society today as we can see from many events. Therefore, by using social media to promote the charity and the campaigns and events within CAFOD is highly important. It is a great way to communicate with a wider audience and from looking at what posts were the most popular we can underline just how much religion affects society.
Taking part in the Catholic Social Teaching Workshop also demonstrated how religion affects society. Especially with the encyclicals. These are written by the Pope and tell what we should do in reaction to issues in society. For example, global warming which has serious effects on humans and the world, and so by listening to the Pope and changing our treatment of the world, we are able to see the effects of religion. A significant moment was the Second Vatican Council; this changed the attitude of the Catholic Church to being more inclusive and accepting of other religions; another example of religion affecting society.
As well as this, attending meetings for volunteers about what they can do to fundraise and help those who are less fortunate than them. I found the projects that CAFOD do such as Connect2, Powertobe and Livesimply to be highly impactful on society. These projects enable communities in the poorest countries to live their dreams.
The list is endless on how religion affects society and my time at CAFOD has deepened my knowledge and understanding of how religion does this.
Please come and join us at the Understanding CAFOD’s work event at English Martyrs’ church hall 4 Vicarage Lane Horley RH6 8AR on Saturday 1st July from 2:30 to 4:30pm
Looking at the world with facts and numbers
During this time we will share about CAFOD’s vision of a world transformed, our mission to promote human development and social justice in witness to Christian and Gospel values and we will share about our work throughout the world. We will also share an update of latest news and suggest ways people and parishes might support us in our work.
Interesting discussions with inspiring people
The events are designed to be inspiring and entertaining and to give a chance for people to ask questions and hear how we put their donations to good use. All are welcome. Why not bring a friend or two or some fellow parishioners who might be interested in getting involved?
It would be helpful to know, for catering purposes, if you are intending to join us. Please do let us know by phone on 01483 898 866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to all those at Camberley & Bagshot parish for raising over £260 for Connect2 Cambodia. Jo Carroll, our CAFOD parish volunteer told us about their simple but novel way of raising money.
“Towards the end of 2015 when the Camberley & Bagshot Catholic Parish CAFOD/J&P group started to fundraise for the CAFOD connect2 Cambodia project one of the group had the idea of collecting small donations in tubes placed at the back of the three churches in the parish. This was to raise awareness within the parish of the new fundraising project and that many Cambodians live on less than 50p a day. Recently we put our CAFOD ‘tubes’ out again for two weekends to raise awareness that Connect2 programme is now supporting a new area in Cambodia. The total raised over the two weekends was an amazing £264.36. “
To find our more about Connect2 projects please listen to the webinar Update from Ethiopia by our Step into the Gap volunteers on Thursday 8th June (today) at 7pm . As part of their trip they visited the Connect2 community in Sebeya Ethiopia .