Part of the role of the Social Justice Forum (SJF) is to encourage and support Uniting Church individuals, congregations and other groups as they respond to social and environmental issues.
For some time the SJF has been working with Uniting Mission and Education and others to develop an advocacy training package. This material is now ready to be used and is available from the Seeds of Hope website. This website was set up jointly by UME and Uniting to resource and encourage churches in different aspects of their mission and community engagement. http://www.seedsofhope.org.au/advocacy/
The material has four sessions which includes the biblical and theological foundations for advocacy in the Uniting Church, a theoretical framework to guide planning for advocacy and some practical tools to apply that planning to the issues people care about. The package is designed to be used flexibly, you can use all of it, one session or just parts you choose. The advocacy training material is provided under a creative commons arrangement so people are free to adapt the material for their particular needs and uses, as long as people acknowledge the original material and indicate any changes made. Material cannot be used for profit purposes.
While the training is offered as a self-help initiative, we are conscious training is more likely to happen when some sort of support and encouragement is provided. If there is interest within Presbyteries we could organise a familiarisation session to introduce prospective facilitators to the training and how it could be used. In some circumstances members of the Social Forum team could be available to come and co lead sessions with local people.
Social Justice Advocacy Coordinator P 02 9407 3225