Luke 5:1-15 and a theology of abundance 6 February 22 Jan Garood

By Jan Garood   My first reaction to exploring  the Luke story is a discomfort about: “I will make you fishers of men/people.”  For generations, the church has interpreted this story as a call to evangelism; to “fish for people” has fed missions that disrespected and destroyed indigenous cultures.  The mindset seemed to be that…

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Girls can change the world – International Day of the Girl Child

You cannot succeed when half of us are held back – Malala Yousafzai Last Sunday Sophia’s Spring observed the International Day of the Girl Child. Since 2012, United Nations has marked 11 October as a day to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their…

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Uniting Church joins National Redress Scheme

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan announced yesterday that the Uniting Church will opt in to the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. The National Redress Scheme was one of the recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual…

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Deep Ecology Ritual

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm CERES Environment Park, Melbourne, Australia, 3057 – View Full Map A ritual to empower creative action for the environment. *Are you an activist looking for a place to find a nourishing and supportive community? *Are you a person of faith interested in exploring the connection between spirit and…

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International Women’s Day – March 8

While International Women’s Day is often seen as a day to celebrate women, and their achievements, it is important not to lose sight of the political edge that this day has always had. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York. It was organized by the Socialist Party of…

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Supporting Refugees at home and away

From the Welcome to Australia website: We believe Australians are a welcoming, generous and compassionate people. On Saturday, October 31 you’re invited to #SayWelcome in cities and towns across the nation. We believe an Australia where prejudice is unpopular and cruelty hurts at the polls, is possible. An Australia that recognises the equality and dignity…

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This Sunday

A service to mark the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel When: 10.00am, Sunday 20 September Where: Sophia’s Spring, an ecofeminist community of the Uniting Church in Australia CERES Learning Centre (enter via Lee Street), Brunswick East . Guest speaker: Uniting Church minister Revd Joan Fisher, who has recently returned to Australia after three…

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Request to sign petition re Syrian Refugees

The team from Campaign for Australian Aid  are urgently seeking support for a petition to ask the Prime Minister to be generous in offering Syrian refugees safe haven here, in Australia.  Below is the email they have forwarded to their mailing list. Just now, Tony Abbott has confirmed in question time that the Government will…

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Protest treatment of Refugees

One year of Operation Sovereign Borders is one year too long. Join the protest to STOP THE WAR ON REFUGEES 2pm October 11 (tomorrow) State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Speakers include: Ged Kearney – president Australian Council of Trade Unions Reza Yarahmadi – Iranian refugee Youhorn Chea – President Cambodian Association of…

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