24 February JustUPDATE

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Farewell to Denisse Sandoval
The JIM Cluster has said farewell to Denisse Sandoval, Social Justice Advocate. Denisse joined the then JIM Unit in 2014. The Synod thanks Denisse for the contributions she made to the social justice mission of the Synod and wishes her well in her future endeavours.




(mini) Surrender Conference 2021
After a difficult 2020, Surrender are inviting the Melbourne community to listen together to the heartbeat of the Creator, and to inspire and encourage each other to continue responding to the radical call of Jesus in the margins. Catch up with Surrender friends or make new ones!

When: Sat 13 March, 9:00 - 5:30 PM (AEST)
Where: Mitcham Baptist Church, 8-12 Simla Street, Mitcham, VIC
Register: HERE


The People's Patriarch Screening + QandA
Australian launch of the film “The People’s Patriarch”, Reflections with Patriarch Michel Sabbah. The screening will be followed by an open discussion with His Eminence Patriarch (Emeritus) Michel Sabbah and the film’s director Mohammed Alatar and producer Lily Habash. Moderated by Ursula Stephens, former Senator and current CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia.

When: Thursday 4 March, 7:30 PM (AEST)
Where: Online
Registration: HERE


Unlocking Victorian Justice: Webinar One - OPCAT
(Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT)) Hosted by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, webinar one of the Unlocking Victorian Justice series is about OPCAT - An opportunity to prevent the ill-treatment, torture and death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. However, since this watershed report was handed down, at least 455 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody. The panel will include:

  • Dr Elina Steinerte, Vice-Chair United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
  • Professor Sir Malcolm D Evans, Former Chair of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture
  • Dr Matthew Pringle, Founder of the Canada OPCAT Project
  • Ben Buckland, Senior Advisor at Association for the Prevention of Torture

When: Wednesday 3 March, 9:00 AM (AEST)
Where: Online
Register: HERE


Climate Grief workshop
Recognising our grief about climate change – aimed for those working on climate change as activists, researchers, scientists or policy makers and advocates.

The work so many are doing means thinking about the realities of climate change every day. It can mean living with the here and now implications of climate change impacts. This workshop will provide a space for participants to reflect on and express the emotional burden of working on climate change, especially the many faces of grief. There will also be a segment on self care.

When: Saturday 27 February, 2:00 - 5:00 PM (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: $40, or $20 Concession
Register: HERE


Western Australian Legacies of British Slavery
University of Western Australia presents a series of eight online seminars around the theme of Writing Slavery into Australian History. These seminars aim to explore the life stories of Australian colonists and their networks, and to produce new sources and methods for writing biographies that include slavery. The Western Australian Legacies of British Slavery project, in collaboration with the National Centre for Biography, explores links between the abolition of slavery in the British empire and settler colonialism, building on the Legacies of British Slave-ownership (LBS) project database, hosted by the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership at University College London.

When: 25th Feb - 15th April
For a list of available seminars and to register, Click: HERE


Climate Crisis Multi-faith Day of Action - 11th March
On March 11 join faith communities around the world for the biggest-ever multi-faith Day of Action on the climate crisis called Sacred People, Sacred Earth. People can sign onto a multi faith statement the signatories to which will also include globally recognised faith leaders; this will be launched on the day.

Join the Day of Action by making your church one of hundreds of places of worship all around the world ‘sounding the alarm’ for the climate. You can do this by ringing bells if you have them, playing bagpipes or other instruments, singing, or anything else, as long as you do it publicly.

More information can be found here, or contact Tejopala Rawls, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) +61 (0)498 475 056


Ecumenical Liturgy: challenges of mental health today
St Dominic's East Camberwell Catholic Parish invites all to an an ecumenical liturgy to give thanks for the gift of good health, and open eyes and hearts to the challenges of mental health today.

When: Wednesday 10 March, 7:30 - 8:30 PM (AEST)
Where: St Dominic’s Church, 818 Riversdale Rd, Camberwell
Registration: All are welcome. No need to book in advance
Information: Manuela Brambill, or 9912 6870




Raise the age of legal responsibility from 10 to 14
Worth a Second Chance is a grassroots campaign made up of a passionate group of supporters who believe prison should always be used only as a last resort, and that children must have every possible opportunity to be diverted away from prison and connected to school, their families and community. The current age of legal responsibility goes against the recommendations of medical experts and the United Nations. Yet still, about 600 children aged 10 to 13 are locked up in Australia every year – 70 per cent of them Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Help us urge Governments across Australia to raise the age of legal responsibility to 14 years.





Outside In: Motherhood Stories During the 2020 Lockdown

Outside In is a storytelling project that holds space for mothers of newborns during Victoria’s pandemic lockdown. You are invited to share your experience and reflect on what you’ve been through during this unique and challenging year.

Your responses will be used to find common themes experienced by mothers living in Victoria in 2020.



WCC/CCA Statement of Myanmar

The General Secretaries of the World Council of Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia have issued a joint pastoral letter addressed to churches and the Council of Churches in Myanmar, after a military coup against the country's elected government earlier this month.


Lent Event and Bible Study - Uniting World (17 Feb - 29 March)

Lent is an opportunity to reflect on the life of Christ and re-dedicate ourselves to following in the way of compassion and justice. Uniting World's Lent Event is an opportunity over 40 days to live simply and be inspired to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others. Click below for Lent event resources.

  1. Download Uniting World's Global Neighbours Bible Study, or order hard copy booklets for your church/small group and read a chapter each week of Lent.
  2. Give up something in solidarity with those who have less, or take up a new spiritual discipline for forty days. You can even set up an online fundraising page for yourself and your church to have a bigger impact!
  3. Donate directly to support Uniting World's global neighbours in places of critical need.


NAIDOC 2021 Theme Announced

The theme for NAIDOC 2021 has been announced, and it is 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action'. The theme urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

For more information, click >HERE<


Host a Screening - Backtrack Boys Documentary

In support of communities in VIC and #RaiseTheAge campaign, the award-winning BackTrack Boys documentary is available to screen by partner organisations of SJ4YP and #RaiseTheAge. Raise the age is the campaign to raise the criminal age of responsibility from 10 years of age to 14. Screenings of this powerful story can help to raise awareness, raise funds, host discussions,garner community support and help build momentum for the #RaiseTheAge campaign.Backtrack Boys impact producer will help support you in organising your event and provide all the tools you need to host a screening and discussion.

Click HERE to host a screening

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