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Mary Mackillop Sisters call for amnesty of people in offshore detention

Catholic Orders from across Australia call for Amnesty for the people in detention camps: saying #BringThemHere!

Sisters from Catholic religious orders across Australia today signed a statement calling on the Prime Minister to issue an amnesty for those suffering cruelty in Australia’s offshore detention camps, and backed a call for a Summit on Solutions to take the politics out of refugee policy.

Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs

As we move into Spring we frequently experience the delight of new life. Blossoms abound, shoots break through the soil, fresh leaves appear on branches. Many years ago, some friends and I drove into the Flinders Ranges about this time of the year.

Two memories stay with me: As we drover further into the ranges, I turned and looked through the rear window of the car. The hills were covered in purple! It was as though Salvation Jane (known in other states as Patterson’s Curse) garmented the land! When we stopped the car and walked on the dry red soil, in amongst the grey-greens of the salt bush, once or twice we were delighted by the sight of the blood-red Sturt Desert Pea, with its shiny red-black petals. These were special moments. 

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Following their 2nd meeting on Wednesday 24 August, the President and the Board of National Council of Churches in Australia have released a statement to the media urging the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and the Governor General to “…sort out a solution to the issue of Nauru and Manus Island Detention Centres”, and asking them to consider convening a Consultation on Peace-making in Australia. 

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AUGUST
3-9 Homelessness Prevention Week National
6   Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered
9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples WCC
9 Prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula
12 International Youth Day
Terms of Reference

The Social Justice Network gives expression to the NCCA’s commitment to “encourage and enable the member churches, in the light of the gospel, to give prophetic leadership to each other and to the community” by

  • speaking out against injustice, violence and oppression; and
  • working to uphold the dignity of all people and the flourishing of all creation.

The Social Justice Network is a forum for NCCA member churches to:

  • communicate about issues of justice, peace and creation;
  • reflect theologically on the implications of the gospel for social justice in Australia;
  • facilitate co-operation between the churches on matters of justice, peace and the integrity of creation; and
  • advise and support the NCCA on actions which might appropriately be taken by the Council and/or by a group of the member churches.

Visit of the World Council of Churches General Secretary

Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit

Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit will visit Australia, 11-17 October. It is expected that he will visit Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide. His itinerary will include public lectures, worship, meeting with church leaders and civil leaders. He hopes to meet with people of other faiths and cultures. Details of the visit will be made known in the next newsletter. 

Youth PoWR (Youth Parliament of the World’s Religions) 2016 Towards a More Compassionate and Just Society

Interfaith News

Do you want to help build compassion and justice in Australia today, and have a voice and a vote in shaping our multi-religious, multicultural society?

3 September 2016, 6pm -10pm
Monte Sant’ Angelo College 128 Miller St, North Sydney

Serbian Orthodox Church

Serbian Orthodox Church – Bishop elect of the Metropolitanate of Australia and NewZealand

In May 2015 the Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, meeting at the Patriarchate Palace in Belgrade elected Archimandrite Siluan (Mrakić) as Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.

On 7 August he will be consecrated bishop at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade. On 22 October he will be enthroned in St George Historic Cathedral in Cabramatta by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica—Midwestern America.

Holly Jarvis - Supporter Care Officer, Act for Peace

Holly has worked as the Supporter Care Officer for Act for Peace since May 2015. She was attracted to this role as an opportunity to combine her customer service experience and Development Studies degree to inspire our valued supporters to give more, do more and stay longer in the fight against injustice.

This year Holly participated in the Ration Challenge, eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee for a week and raising money to support Act for Peace’s refugee programs. She values the opportunity to stand with refugees and join our supporters in this shared experience.

Our Works – Safe Church Update

An invitation from the Royal Commission into institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

MULTICULTURAL FORUMS - Sydney

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recently held multicultural forums in Perth and Hobart in July and will host another for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in:

  • Sydney on Tuesday 9th August 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm start – 8:00pm at the Granville Youth and Recreation Centre with Justice Jennifer Coate