Evan Mann, Presbytery Social Justice Group, writes:
The 5th Sunday in September is recognised in many churches as Social Justice Sunday. It reminds us that there are social and community dimensions to our Christian faith. Each year there is a recommended theme – for example last year it was “developing an inclusive and sustainable economy” and themes in earlier years have included “justice for asylum seekers and refugees” and “building bridges, not walls, in our prison system”.
In 2018 the recommended theme is “A Place to Call Home: making a home for everyone in our land” which challenges us to confront Australia’s growing problems of homelessness and unaffordable housing. You will find material to help prepare a service for this theme at the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website (some is still in preparation):
Homeless Connect Canberra is a winter event based on a one-stop-shop model of service provision to homeless people. On August 8 at 11am- 3pm, private, public and community sector organisations will come together to provide free services and products to Canberrans experiencing homelessness. More importantly this event aims to connect people with services to help them access housing. VOLUNTEER: Contact: Early Morning Centre Team firstname.lastname@example.org 6247 5041. DONATE Contact: Northside Community service: Events@northside.asn.au Ph 6171 8000
Where will this event be held? Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City.
Pilgrim House is home of Canberra City Uniting Church’s Early Morning Centre which provides breakfast, support and referral every day of the year for people experiencing homelessness. How you can contribute items to the Early Morning Centre (EMC). Please note delivery points:
A message from the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW and ACT Stamp Committee
The Stamp Committee is requesting applications for grants from congregations in NSW and the ACT for 2018 for specific outreach/community projects to a maximum of $1000 by August 30, 2018.
CRITERIA: All projects are to involve volunteers from the congregation.
Preference is given to projects already up and running and only to “seed projects” if research indicates there is a strong certainty that the project will proceed. Funds may be used for the purchase of equipment, consumables etc. Funds are not provided for building works, day to day operational costs eg electricity, staff costs.
Here at UnitingWorld we believe that life is richer, fuller and more truly human when we reach beyond ourselves and work together with our global neighbours. Right now, we’re running our End of Year Tax Appeal and thanks to our partnership with the Australian Government, tax-time donations can go up to six times further in ending poverty.
For every $5 we receive in Australian Aid funding, we first need to raise $1.
Arrange a speaker at your church: If you would like to learn more about the hard-working communities we support in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, India, West Timor and Zimbabwe, please contact HowardC@unitingworld.org.au to arrange a speaker at your church.