Lessons from Rwanda

Governor of WA opening the Lessons from Rwanda Exhibition

This “Lessons from Rwanda” exhibition presents an account of the events  that took place before, during and after the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Its purpose is to raise awareness of lessons learned from these events, the work of the  International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and other judicial mechanisms in ending impunity, and the lasting impact of genocide on survivors.

This important exhibition marks the start of Refugee Week and is open at the State Library untill June 24th.  Admission is free.

 

Let your God love you……

Edwina Gateley

Let Your God Love You

Be silent.
Be still.
Alone.
Empty
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants
To look upon you
With that love.
Quiet.
Still.
Be.

Let your God—
Love you. Continue reading

Preventing violence and HIV pandemic in Nigeria

Jessie Fubara-Manuel shares her views on violence, the HIV pandemic and

Jessie Fubara-Manuel from the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria.

struggles of women in churches to become part of the solution in Nigeria. She is a Presbyterian elder, a poet and a human resources consultant and has been involved with the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA) programme.

 

How do you see the HIV pandemic affecting communities in Nigeria?

In Nigeria today, we still have alarming numbers of persons testing HIV positive as we work toward the elimination of HIV infections, discrimination and HIV related deaths. With a large number of people still dying from the disease and the government’s efforts to provide free antiviral drugs being thwarted by the corruption in the system, worry about the disease has taken a new dimension. Continue reading

The Good Shepherd

 

Gospel writer John
loved a good agricultural metaphor;
(were there many other kinds
in a pre-industrial age?)
Jesus, lover of people,
welcomer of ratbags
and friend of troubled souls;
likens himself to a shepherd
who cares only for the welfare of his sheep.
Animal rights proponents would love him
because he reckons the life of the human shepherd
to be more expendable
than those of his ovine flock.
But we all know that it’s not about sheep.
It is about people,
individuals like you and me,
who, we are assured,
are loved and valued,
watched over and cared for
by the one he calls Father.
Furthermore, the metaphor implies,
we are all part of something bigger,
joined into one huge flock
of disparate humankind;
each member of which
is also loved and respected,
cared for and wept over
by that same Father;
and expected to do the same

© 2012 Ken Rookes River of Life, Loddon Mallee Presbytery, Uniting Church

Five Leaf Eco Awards – Associate Member CCWA — Presentation Ceremony

You are invited to come and see the presentation of the first ever environmental awards for churches in Western Australia.   Hear about how WA churches have been greening their buildings, worship, congregations, outreach and community leadership.  Celebrate with churches from multiple traditions as they join others all over Australia in being recognised for their dedication to caring for God’s creation and our environment.   Learn more about the Five Leaf  Eco-Awards program and how your church can be involved.

Saturday, 12 May,  St Luke’s Anglican Parish, 20 Monument St Mosman Park,  4.00pm for a 4.30pm start.

Please RSVP to Jessica Morthorpe on fiveleafecoawards@gmail.com or call 0409 503 369 before 4 May.

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Act for Peace responds to Fiji floods

In response to the devastating floods across parts of Fiji in the past few weeks, Act for Peace, with the generous support of AusAID, is providing crucial assistance to logistical and humanitarian assessment work in the aftermath of the disaster. These funds will enable Act for Peace to support the Fiji National Disaster Management Office to hire aircraft, boats and vehicles to carry out assessments across the country and deliver aid in hard to reach places as well as supporting the delivery of water to affected areas including evacuation centres.

Recent heavy rains and flooding have caused several deaths in Fiji, severely damaged homes and infrastructure and forced thousands to take refuge. The Australian government has committed up to $1 million to support Fiji’s disaster response activities.

Act for Peace has worked across the Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga since 2008 implementing the Pacific Community for Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (PCIDRR) program. This program has supported hundreds of villages to improve their preparedness and response to natural disasters.

To find out more about the PCIDRR program, please click here.

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Churches campaign for treaty to tackle illicit arms sales, often a north-south business

Diplomats from nearly 200 countries will spend month of July at the United Nations to negotiate the proposed Arms Trade Treaty.

Their challenge lies in keeping the arms trade open to militaries, police forces and other groups who are judged to use arms legally and responsibly, and closing the trade to those who don’t. Arms manufacturers, gun enthusiasts, as well as civil society organizations and churches are seeking to influence the outcome. Continue reading

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Exploring your centre in the Centre

Trip Leader Rev Dr Ian Robinson

This Spirit Journey to be led by Ian Robinson and Rick Read July 7-15, 2012 to the semi arid zone and the big lakes between Coolgardie and Sandstone. This will include a walk around the sculptures on Lake Ballard. OR if weather intervenes, something totally different in which case you will be consulted. We have budgetted to spend one night at Koora Retreat en route, which will be a treat, tbc.

We plan to have at least a couple of days without any driving, so that your bush walks, art, writing, photography, etc can be done in depth. Otherwise, we move on fairly often, so that we do not impact the fragile desert ecology too much.
We cater for special food needs, except for vegan, so don’t forget to tell us.
General information about Spirit Journeys starts here.  Or cut and paste the following link:
http://spiritjourneyswa.yolasite.com/

“They Didn’t Believe the Women” – Easter Essay

“They Didn’t Believe the Women”

When my father died in 1998 he donated his body to science for medical research. Eighteen months later FedEx delivered his “cremains” to our house, and I remember thinking that there had to be a better way to return such a sacred gift. I opened the box, untied the twisty that secured the plastic liner, and experienced what others had described. These were not nice, fluffy ashes, but gritty shards of bone. I took a pinch of the coarse remnants of my father and rubbed it back and forth between my thumb and fingers.            This year Easter falls on my dad’s birthday, and I’ve found myself esonating with Nora Gallagher’s friend Harriet. In Gallagher’s book Practicing Resurrection, Harriet recalls sitting in church at the National Cathedral in Washington. In the course of a boring sermon the priest asked the congregation in unctuous tones, “Now what do you really want for Christmas this year?”   Continue reading

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

28 May – 3 June 2012

“Pray, educate, and advocate for justice in Palestine”

An initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations to join together in 2012 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.

 

As part of the most recent World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, from 29 May to 4 June 2011, churches in at least 21 countries around the world sent a clear signal to policy-makers, community groups, and their own parishes about the urgent need for a peace settlement that ends the illegal occupation and secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples.

During World Week for Peace 2012, from 28 May to 3 June, participants are encouraged to plan their activities around the following three principles:

1. Praying with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and other worship resources prepared for the week.

2. Educating about actions that make for peace, and about facts on the ground that do not create peace, especially issues related to displacement.

3. Advocating with political leaders using ecumenical policies that promote peace with justice.

This annual observance of a week of prayer, education, and advocacy calls participants to work for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, so that Palestinians and Israelis can finally live in peace. It has been more than 63 years since the partition of Palestine hardened into a permanent nightmare for Palestinians. It is now more than 44 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza overwhelmed the peaceful vision of one land, two peoples.

Yet the dream of one nation cannot be fulfilled at the expense of another.  The action week’s message is that now:

  • It’s time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace.
  • It’s time for freedom from occupation.
  • It’s time for equal rights.
  • It’s time for the healing of wounded souls.

To join the new World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel Facebook group, click here.