About us

We believe in the power of people together.

We value the inherent dignity of all people and are committed to working toward a just and peaceful world. We believe liberation from injustice and oppression is central to the Christian faith. Social Justice is practiced in all parts of the church’s life.

Our Justice and International Mission (JIM) cluster works with congregations and social justice networks to shift and shape public policy towards a fair and just world. It provides regular opportunities for you to be an active voice for justice in the wider community.

The Synod Justice team conduct campaigns through JustAct, our website and bi-monthly magazine. We also publish a bi-weekly e-newsletter (JustUpdate) keeping you up to date with what is happening in the social justice sphere.

Justice Campaigns

We offer social justice campaign activities for people interested in taking action on issues.

Community Organising

We offer community organising training for congregations and other groups that are happy to work with congregations, contact us for more details. 

Presentations

We can offer presentations to your church or group on social justice issues, please contact us for more details. 

Our Theory of Change

We have combined campaigning and community organising to build upon our relationships with communities and have a stronger voice for change. 

We take a different approach

we fight for vulnerable people and structural change

Our Team

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Mark Zirnsak, Senior Social Justice Advocate

Mark joined the department in 1999 and became its director in 2004. He is a member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council, the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition and Chair of the Victorian Inter-Church Gambling Taskforce. Mark is also a member of the Secretariat for the Tax Justice Network​ in Australia and is actively involved in anti-corruption movements, such as Publish What You Pay Australia and Transparency International Australia.

 

Contact:
mark.zirnsak@victas.uca.org.au​
Phone: (03) 9340 8807
Mobile: 0409 166 915

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Denisse Sandoval, Social Justice Advocate

Born in Santiago, Chile, Denisse grew up in New York, where she completed a degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University. She arrived in Australia 2012 and completed a Master’s degree in International Development from RMIT University while working with Youth Development Australia’s social enterprise project, YouthWorx, a training and employment program for homeless youth. Denisse’s capabilities range from grassroots campaigning to coalition building. ​She now lives in Melbourne and identifies herself as an immigrant twice removed.

 

Contact:
denisse.sandoval@victas.uca.org.au
Phone: (03) 9340 8812
Mobile: 0428 199 653​

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Tim Molineux, Social Justice Officer

Tim spent several years with the Uniting Church in South Australia's Presbytery and Synod where he had a variety of roles in social justice, international mission, covenanting and administration. He holds a Bachelors degree in Media, and his honours thesis had a focus on hearing Indigenous voices within policy formation. Tim's focus is working to supports the overall work of the JIM Cluster.

 

Contact:
timothy.molineux@victas.uca.org.au
Phone: (03) 9340 8868
Mobile: 0428 930 719