Current Letter Writing Actions

Disability Reforms

The Victorian Disability Act 2006 is currently in review, which opens the opportunity for amendments that will ensure people with disabilities can live decent lives, free of abuse and neglect. Help advocate for the rights and well-being of people with disability across Victoria.

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CommBank and fossil fuels

While CommBank has committed to not financing expansions of existing or new thermal coal projects, they still profiteer off fossil fuels despite the pressing need for huge declines in the use of coal, oil and gas. Write to make the need for renewable energy investment known, and press for a commitment to not fund any form of fossil fuel projects.

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Murders in the Philippines

Church leaders and members continue to be targeted for extrajudicial executions in the Philippines for opposing tyranny, and the arbitrary excise of power for greed. Recent examples are the attempt on the life of a local major and church member who challenged a quarrying project and the construction of a mega-dam. Stand with our church partners and add your voice to theirs.

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Independent Police Accountability

Police have a difficult job. However, where police misbehave or misuse their powers, there is a need to hold the officers in question to account. First Peoples communities in Victoria too often experience cases of alleged police misconduct or excessive use of force. Help ensure the right mechanisms are in place to keep police accountable.

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Whistleblower Postcard Action

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e-mail JIM@victas.uca.org.au with a request for this postcard, your address and the number of postcards you would like.

Help us urge the Commonwealth Government to urgently progress the reforms it agreed to in December 2020 due to the review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 by Philip Moss. Critical reforms are needed to make whistleblowers feel safer in coming forward to expose corruption and wrongdoing. The processes for a whistleblower to access protection and make their disclosure of wrongdoing public need to be simplified.

This Month's Resource Highlights

  • Uniting Church Methodology in the Public Sphere

    This document details how the JIM Cluster operates in the public sphere through its relationships with the media and social justice advocacy. Click to learn more about how the JIM cluster operates in pursuit of its work.

  • JIM Report to Synod

    The Justice and International Mission (JIM) Cluster prepares a report on its activity for each meeting of the Uniting Church in Vic/Tas Synod. This document is that report made available to our supporters.

  • Federal Election Resources 2022

    Based on the Uniting Church Assembly Resource ‘Our Vision for a Just Australia’, a resource for the upcoming federal election has been created to assist as you consider your vote. It also links to further information, and discussion points to being a conversation with your local candidate.

  • Democracy, Justice, and Allegiance: Some Theological Thoughts

    Rev Dr Sean Winter, Pilgrim College, shares his thoughts on the church’s relationship with Democracy, and considers Christian engagement with the political sphere. Prepared in response to the 2021 JIM Convention.

  • GreenPower for Congregations

    A resource for Congregations and individuals looking for more information about GreenPower, while offering a pathway to compare how energy retailers generate renewable energy.

  • Assessing Disinformation

    The Christian faith is fundamentally concerned with questions of truth. In this new age of disinformation and ‘subjective’ truths, this resource offers to help sort through the noise and identify disinformation more easily.

  • Mentoring Refugees – Can you Assist?

    Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia (CRSA) are looking for volunteers to take part in their Group Mentorship Program for refugees in Melbourne. This resource will tell you how.

The Uniting Church in Australia is committed to acting justly and compassionately in the world. We believe that our participation in God’s mission calls us toward the transformation that God desires for us all, marked by reconciliation, love, justice, peace, abundance and flourishing for all people and the whole earth. In Our Vision for a Just Australia, the Uniting Church in Australia has articulated its vision for a just, compassionate and inclusive nation in this updated 2021 statement and resource.

Previous Resources

  • JIM Issues Survey

    Each year the Justice and International Mission Cluster is keen to get feedback from its supporters, that is you, about what issues you would like the Cluster to resource you to take action on.

  • 2022 Social Justice Calendar

    Click to download the JIM 2022 Social Justice Calendar

  • Modern Slavery Flyer or Congregations

    What is Modern Slavery? How do I find creditable products? Can I asset my risk own of contributing to Modern Slavery? A resource to help you become informed about Modern Slavery and what to do about it.

  • Climate Justice Resources (April 2021)

    The latest list of climate justice resource for April 2021, including: community grants, resources for advocacy and initiatives to manage your own (and community) impact.

  • Statement from the Heart Flyer for Congregations

    A new resource from the Uniting Church in Vic/Tas exploring the Statement from the Heart. As a group or on your own, learn about Voice.Treaty.Truth and what a pathway towards justice chosen by First Nations people could look be.

  • 2021 JIM Calendar

    2021 Social Justice Calendar

    The JIM Cluster’s 2021 Social Justice Calendar, click to download.

  • Feedback on Justice and International Mission Cluster work areas

    Each year the Justice and International Mission cluster is keen to get feedback from its supporters, that is you, about what issues you would like us to resource you to take action on. Please download and complete this form by ticking the box that indicates your level of support for the issues listed and return it to us via email or mail by 31st January 2021

  • Children, climate action

    Climate Justice with and for children and youth in churches

    Climate change affects every aspect of child rights. Only joint efforts at every level will enable us to bend the CO2 emissions curve and protect our planet for future generations. This toolkit provides resources for churches, church-run schools, and summer camps to support intergenerational climate and environmental justice and promote care for children by stopping further global warming. All churches are encouraged to promote education and action to address climate change, reduce CO2 emissions, and protect the environment in their activities for and with children and youth.

  • Taskforce

    Synod Taskforce on Climate Change Action

    The JIM Cluster is seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to be part of a Taskforce on Climate Change Action. The purpose of the Taskforce is to identify, encourage and support implementation of measures across the Synod, including congregations, to reduce the Synod’s greenhouse gas emissions.

    To lodge an expression of interest, please e-mail, phone or text Mark Zirnsak, Senior Social Justice Advocate on 0409 166 915 or mark.zirnsak@victas.uca.org.au Please lodge your expression of interest by Friday 30 October.

  • WCC prayers for peace in Israeli - Palestinian conflict

    The World Council of Churches is following developments in Israel and Palestine with mounting alarm and profound grief at the rising toll of people killed and injured in the escalating violence. A liturgy with Prayers for Peace and Justice in the Israel-Palestine conflict has been developed.

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