Why drug law reform is important to us all

Film highlights from Uniting’s recent event with Dr Manuel Cardoso – the man who helped decriminalise drug use in Portugal – are now available to watch.

On a wet and wintery Tuesday night in Sydney, more than 700 people came to St Stephen’s Uniting Church. Amongst them were media, politicians and VIPs. A further 5,000 people tuned in to watch online.

The event marked the ‘soft launch’ of Uniting’s campaign to modernise drug laws across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

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An evening with Dr Manuel Cardoso

Drug reform is about how you treat people
On 5th June, to a packed crowd Dr Manuel Cardoso shared his insights on why the decriminalisation of drugs was fundamentally not only the right thing to do, but also in a society’s best interest.

Dr Cardoso has been a policy leader on drugs and addiction since 1998 and was one of the key people behind decriminalising drug use in Portugal. He is now the Deputy-Director of the Portuguese General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies.

Over 700 people attended, with a further 3,000 turning out to watch the live online Facebook broadcast.

Host for the evening Will Tregoning from Unharm, said the Australian drug reform movement was a “call to restructure our society on the basis of love”.

After acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, Rev. Ken Day welcomed everyone to St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Sydney, inviting everyone to “feel at home and relax”.

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Update on Tathra-Bega Fires

19th March 2018

Dear Members,

An update on the Tathra fire.

  • There is no indication at this time of the extent of the damage
  • There is no indication of loss of life
  • Reverend David Russell is a trained and accredited/authorised Disaster Response Chaplain and is working with emergency personnel
  • Please do not attempt to contact Tathra members as they need the charge on their mobile phones for any emergency calls
  • Immediate relief is being provided and co-ordinated by Family and Community Services

Rest assured the Canberra Region Presbytery is in close contact with Rev Russell and every effort is being made to provide support to the Tathra community.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. 

Rev Kevin Dilks
Canberra Region Presbytery
The Uniting Church in Australia
– Presbytery Minister (Presbytery Well-being)

Safe Shelter for homeless men gets ready for Winter

Safe Shelter is getting ready for winter and needs volunteers to run its overnight shelters. Safe Shelter provides basic emergency shelter for homeless men in winter.
ACT shelters will operate in three donated inner-North church halls staffed by teams of trained volunteers, male or female, aged over 18. Guests and volunteers sleep on the floor. For guests who have been sleeping rough on the streets, just being warm and safe is luxury. For guests who have recently become homeless, Safe Shelter provides somewhere safe while they try to sort out their lives. For the volunteers, it is uncomfortable but rewarding.

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