Events and Resources – 14 October 2009

In This Issue: CCWA on Facebook & twitter; Peace Church; 16 Days of activism; Reclaim the Night March; Questioning Hanrahan: Environmental optimism and realism in the 21st Century; Women and the Australian Church: Capturing the Vision; Daily Prayer Online; A day for Women: Growing in Wisdom, Age and Grace; The Art and Heart of Creative Conflict; Public Forum – Can Christians and Muslims co-exist in the modern world?
The Council of Churches of WA Gets Social
The Council of Churches of WA is getting Social – Networked that is. We now have a Facebook group and a twitter page, where you can follow the happenings of what the Council is getting up to. You can follow us at @churcheswa or join our facebook group.

Peace Church next meeting October 18th at the Church of Christ Wembley Downs reverts to the original format.
Building on the Listening Journeys experience we will focus on the “Making Indigenous Poverty History” project using resources from
Your contribution to the discussion and possible action on this occasion will be most welcome. Dennis Ryle Minister Church of Christ Wembley Downs 10 Bournemouth Crescent Wembley Downs WA 6019
Tel (08) 9245 2593
Mob 0411 06 2593

Calling all activist to participate in our 16 days of activism.
As part of the Amnesty International Stop Violence Against Women Campaign we are creating a 16 days calendar of events which begins November 25 the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against women and December 19 International Human rights Day. These two dates were chosen to highlight that violence against women is a human rights abuse’.
This year we are asking you to organize or participate in an event to show your ongoing commitment to ending violence against women and embrace this year’s theme, Commit – Act – Demand: We CAN End Violence against Women! We encourage groups to focus their planning for the 16 Days of Activism on events and activities that assist to end violence against women and children and to support Women Human Rights Defenders. Your contribution will show that on a community level we can and do make a difference. Your event can be as grand or simple as you like. The Womens Council website has information about previous events held that may assist you in putting together your own event.
So use the website or liaise with other participants and show you are prepared to Commit, Act and Demand.

Reclaim the Night March, rally and entertainment
Friday 30th October 2009
Gather at the Wellington St exit of Perth train station at 6.30pm. March starts at 7pm sharp, finishing at Stirling Gardens for speaker, performers and entertainers.
Reclaim the night represents a claim for women’s basic human right to live in freedom from the fear of violence. We protest for woment o hnave the right to walk freely at night , free from the threat of rape and sexual violence.
The march and rally are for women and children only. Thsi policy was not made with the intention of excluding men, but rather to ensure the inclusion of all women.

Questioning Hanrahan: Environmental optimism and realism in the 21st century
By Richard Hobbs, Australian Laureate, Professor of Restoration Ecology, UWA
The field of ecological restoration and the allied science of restoration ecology is undergoing a shift in scope and level of activity both in Australia and elsewhere. Ranging from restoration of local patches of bush through to attempts to restore and revitalise entire regions, these efforts can add up to a large counter-current working against the negative influences we’ve all come to expect. There is potential for an optimistic view of the future tempered by a dose of realism concerning the challenges to be faced.
The lecture will be followed by refreshments. This event is co-sponsored by the University Club at UWA.
Event Details
When: Wednesday, 21 October 2009 at 5.30pm
Venue: University Club Theatre Auditorium, UWA
This lecture is free and open to the public but RSVP is essential to 6488 1340 or by Friday 16 October 2009.

Women and the Austrlaian Church: Capturing the Vision
Sandie Cornish works for the Australian Jesuits and leads the web-based “Faith Doing Justice”. She played a key role in the research into the particpation of women in the Catholic Church in Australia and is a co-author of the research report: Man and Woman: One in Christ.
Hear Sandy in a a seminar called
Women and the Austrlaian Church: Capturing the Vision on Sunday 18th October at the Catholic Pastoral Centre Highgate from 1pm to 4pm.

Daily Prayer online
Download daily prayer for your mp3 player from

A day away from the usual routine of life, safe in the company of women, to explore, refresh and delight in one’s relationship with God.
Further details will be included in the next Newsletter
This day will be led by Tess Milne and Phyllis Genge
Saturday 17th October, from 9.30am to 3.30pm
Wollaston College Chapel
Cost $40 (Concession $35) including lunch
Maria Hann know that your registration is on the way by ringing her on 9286 0270.

The Art and Heart of Creative Conflict
A program for personal and community capacity-building
in creative and constructive conflict transformation.
During this full-day, interactive workshop participants will consider the underlying principles, and essential practices,
that make for creative engagement with conflict in daily life.
Constructive conflict is welcome as a stimulus for innovation, for inspirational performance and for the wellbeing of people who care deeply about their place of work. Such conflict produces growth in people and in organisational health. However, certain types of conflict also have the potential to create a negative impact on workplace productivity and can severely contaminate relationships, even leading to various forms of abuse and violence.
This program provides participants with an opportunity to identify and address many of the common factors that initiate and influence the growth of destructive and debilitating conflict in organisational and social systems, while also expanding their personal capacity to enagage creatively in constructive conflict.
In addition, leaders and managers who adopt a coaching role within their teams will find this program particularly relevant.
Participants will be provided with opportunities to:

  • Recognise how their own experience influences the way they see the world of conflict
  • Understand the influence of destructive conflict in the systems within which they live and work
  • Reflect on dominant styles of communication during conflict
  • Identify and practice the skills of staying connected with others during conflict, through personal presence that evokes empathy and compassion
  • Remain faithful to their own truth while choosing not to violate the truth of others
  • Cultivate and sustain personal energy for inspirational conflict
      The facilitator is Brendan McKeague, an associate of the The Winding Staircase and a member of the international Pace E Bene Nonviolence Service, who has worked as a facilitator, educator and conflict practitioner in Australia and overseas. Brendan comes from Northern Ireland where creative, nonviolent conflict continues to create breath-taking results in difficult situations.
      The interactive, co-learning process designed for this program is based on contemporary principles of adult learning and includes small group and plenary sharing, an appreciative inquiry approach, activities for skills enhancement and time for personal reflection.
      When: Wednesday Nov 18, 2009
      Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm
      Where: A Place To Just Be, East Fremantle
      Cost: $250 (incs gst)
      Register by FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13
      Details available on

      PUBLIC FORUM — Can Christians and Muslims co-exist in the modern world?
      The First Third Group of the Uniting Church WA Synod and the Intercultural Harmony Society invite you to a public forum which is open to people of all ages. Guest Speakers: Mehmet Ozalp – Author of “101 Questions you asked about Islam” and CEO of Affinity and Toby Keva, Uniting Church ministry student.
      WHEN: Sunday, 1 November
      WHERE: Royal Park Hall, 180 Charles St (Cnr Vincent St) West Perth
      TIME: 2.00pm
      For more information email, or call 9260 9800.