Social Justice News

He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV)

Afghanistan Update

October2021 - Libby Hogarth talks about the current state with regard to Afghanistan refugees and those still trapped in Afghanistan and in danger from the Taliban. What can we as Christians do? View video here . . .

New Social Justice Blog for Pilgrim

25 May 2021 - by Sandy Boyce. Long story short. I asked Peter Russell if we could feature the letter to Hon Michelle Lensink on the Pilgrim website. No problems in theory but one-offs create a lot of work. So, Peter and I agreed a Social Justice website could be set up with a link made from the Pilgrim website. The new website will give more flexibility on content etc.
So, with Geoff Hurst's generosity and support, he set up the basics and I've begun 'populating' content in categories like 'refugees and asylum seekers', 'indigenous matters', 'eco-justice and environmental' etc. Basic beginning, but it does give us some scope for content, links to events, activities, etc etc. I'll keep working on it - (happy to welcome any suggestions for content). I'll also keep working on the 'theme' (how it's laid out on the website) - not finalised yet.
Just started working on it yesterday. Link here . . .

Medevac Detainees Released

29 January 2021 Rev Sandy Boyce, spokesperson for Justice for Refugees SA, welcomed the ending of the detention for these individuals: "This action has been a long time coming. On the Government's own account, these people posed no risk to the community but were kept in limbo for more than a year for political rather than security or practical reasons".
Media Release - Read more . . .

Indigenous Scholarship Scheme

12 September 2018 The Church Council has agreed to commit $5,000 per year in partnership with the Smith Family to an Indigenous student to support their education. The committment is for 3-5 years depending on circumstances.

Pilgrimage of Healing Appeal 2018
April 2018 The congregation raised $1,170 this year for this appeal run by the Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress SA. The Church Council has added an additional $2,000 from the Social Justice Budget.

Enabling Aboriginal Voice 2
Thurs 24 Nov 2017 Members of this church took a proposal to Synod which was passed today. Marelle Harisun and Peter Russell called on the Synod to write to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and State Premier and State Opposition Leader to request that the PM reconsider his decision to not consider the Referendum Council's Report recommending that a National Indigenous Representative body be considered as a "voice to Parliament" and the nation. .
Uluru Statement from the Heart
Referendum Council

Enabling Aboriginal Voice
Thurs 13 Oct 2016 At the Church Council meeting last night it was agreed that we would cover some of the travel costs for people to attend the gathering last week, covered in this story: Traditional landowners from South Australia's outback have brought their fight against proposed nuclear storage facilities to the steps of Parliament House.

Diakonia meets at Pilgrim
-Pilgrim Uniting Church in actionThurs 13 Oct 2016The DIAKONIA Asia Pacific Executive meeting convened at Pilgrim Uniting Church this week. Photo: back row Deacon Tony Aspinall (Catholic Deacon, Australia), Rev Gay Nye (Anglican Deacon - Australia), Rev Anne Russell-Brightly (New Zealand Anglican Deacon), Deacon Brenda Fawkner (Methodist Deacon New Zealand), Deaconess Emma Cantor (Philippines United Methodist, and DAP President), Deacon Nick Kerr (Australian Catholic Deacon). Front row: Rev Sandy Boyce (Uniting Church in Australia Deacon, and President, DIAKONIA World Federation), Deaconess Meresiana Kuricava, Methodist Deaconess, Fiji), Sr Ristua Sirait (Indonesian Deaconess), Rev Dr Alison McRae (Uniting Church in Australia Deacon, DAP Vice-President).

Towards Climate Justice: Decolonising adaptation to climate change.
Wed 12 October 2016 UnitingJustice Australia have released an issues paper titled - Towards Climate Justice: Decolonising adaptation to climate change. Much has been said about the impacts of climate change on Australia's neighbours in the Pacific, but what of the inequality of climate change impacts in Australia?

The engagement of a climate justice lens enables us to consider how climate change disproportionately impacts certain communities and also how adaptation and mitigation strategies require genuine participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, both in terms of drawing on traditional knowledge that can contribute to climate change adaptation strategies and developing new knowledge about the impacts of climate change on groups who have been marginalised in Australian society.

The paper can be downloaded on the Uniting Justice website, uniting, here . . . .

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Panel left: In Joppa there was a woman named Tabitha, who was believer (Her name in Greek is Dorcas, meaning "a deer") She spent all her time doing good and helping the poor.
(The Bible - Acts 9:36)