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Safe as Churches? Conference


The 2017 Safe as Churches? 8 Conference
will be held on Tuesday 16th May 2017 - Wednesday 17th May 2017
at Jasper Hotel, Melbourne.


What the conference will provide?
- Information on the latest safeguarding processes available to churches
- Contribution to important dialogue to help challenge current culture
- A collective solution to support churches
- Networking and coming together with a common goal


Conference Topics: Family and Domestic Violence, a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse update, eSafety - Bullying & Grooming, ‘Known Offenders’ in Congregations, The Impact of Abuse and many other pressing topics


Who should attend this conference?
• Clergy, Ministers, Religious Orders
• Professional Standards Officers
• Directors of church related services
• Youth and Children’s Ministers/Pastors/Workers
• Safe Church Workshop Trainers and Presenters
• Social Workers, Supervisors and Pastoral Care providers


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Safe as Churches? Conference


The 2017 Safe as Churches? 8 Conference
will be held on Tuesday 16th May 2017 - Wednesday 17th May 2017
Jasper Hotel, Melbourne.

Jasper Kitchen Facade

What the conference will provide?
- Information on the latest safeguarding processes available to churches
- Contribution to important dialogue to help challenge current culture
- A collective solution to support churches
- Networking and coming together with a common goal


Conference Topics: Family and Domestic Violence, a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse update, eSafety - Bullying & Grooming, ‘Known Offenders’ in Congregations, The Impact of Abuse and many other pressing topics


Who should attend this conference?
• Clergy, Ministers, Religious Orders
• Professional Standards Officers
• Directors of church related services
• Youth and Children’s Ministers/Pastors/Workers
• Safe Church Workshop Trainers and Presenters
• Social Workers, Supervisors and Pastoral Care providers


If you would like more information on this conference please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..au

7 June 2016 – Ramadan

7 June 2016 – Ramadan

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan commences in 2016 on 7 June. The word “Ramadan” is derived from an Arabic word for intense heat, scorched ground and shortness of food and drink. Fighting is not permitted during this period.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is traditional that Muslims fast during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. It is a period of increased religious devotion, in particular self-examination. During Ramadan the common practice is to have a pre-fast meal (suhoor) before sunrise and an evening meal (iftar) after sunset. 

Our Works – Safe Church Program

The Safe Church Program continues to develop tools and resources for the Australian Church to assist local churches in providing a safe environment for all people, in particular children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We have recently uploaded a variety of tools, sample documents and guides to our website to assist churches in the development of policies and procedures. Some of these resources include an Electronic Communications Guide that provides information on areas that need to be considered when using Email, mobile phones and social media, including looking at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Kik.

Rasha’s story

Rasha

Refugees like Rasha and her family fled Syria with nothing and now face a new problem: hunger. Because of a shortage of funds, Rasha’s family has not received food rations for 7 months. They’re scraping by however they can. 

Rasha left Syria with her family when the war arrived on her doorstep, “We were not thinking about leaving until the day when the army came to our neighbourhood and began setting up snipers in all the houses around our town. We were very worried about our family and the safety of our children, so we had to leave.”

VCC AGM

VCC executive s

Sr Elizabeth addressed the AGM on Saturday 14 May 2016 and spoke about some of the challenges of the present time. 

Multi-faith Youth Deliver Diversity Message to Parliament

Multi-faith Youth Deliver Diversity Message to Parliament

Young people from diverse faith backgrounds stood for a society which “embraces diversity” and “celebrates difference” on Harmony Day 2016. They presented a message to politicians at NSW Parliament House which was voted on by over 400 young people at Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World’s Religions) 2015. To counter some of the messages of fear and intolerance, they also invited guest speakers to share how they could together support and welcome refugees to Australia.

Family Violence - Faith Based Recommendations

Family Violence - Faith Based Recommendations

The Safe Church Program has been staying informed about developments in the area of family and domestic violence and working out constructive ways for churches to be part of the solution to the social problem that continues to be masked behind the privacy of closed doors.

After a 13 month inquiry the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence report was tabled in State Parliament on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 with 227 recommendations.

Act for Peace Ration Challenge and Refugee Church Meal

Our Works – Act for Peace

As you may have read, the Act for Peace Ration Challenge has launched for 2016. By taking the challenge and eating the exact same rations that a Syrian refugee living in Jordan receives for one week, this passionate community of people across Australia will be helping refugees around the world to build safe, just and dignified lives.

In addition to launching the Ration Challenge, Act for Peace is excited to announce that this year churches around Australia will come together to take part in the first ever Ration Challenge Refugee Meal. During Refugee Week, June 19-25, churches will share a meal of refugee rations to show refugees we’re with them, not against them. The money raised during the meal will provide rations, medicine and education to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees find the strength they need to cope.