Events and Resources – 23rd September

calendar-150px1In This Issue: Social Justice Sunday; Mental Health Week; Anti-Poverty Week; Poverty and Justice Bible; 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence; Institute of Restorative Justice and Penal Reform.

Social Justice Sunday

27 September 2009
The Social Justice Network have produced a six page resource to assist church groups and others to look Beyond the Global Financial Crisis, to assist those most vulnerable and use our God given talents to live more sustainably.
To receive a copy please contact the Council of Churches on 9274 3888 or visit the NCCA website to download a copy.

Mental Health Week

4th October 2009
Combined Church Service for Mental Health Week
Manning Uniting Church 19 Pether Rd Manning on Sunday 4 October at 2.30pm to be followed by afternoon tea.
RSVP Katrina rainbow@unitingcarewest.org.au by 23rd September

Anti-Poverty Week

15th October
Anti-Poverty Week is held from 11-17 October this year.
Hosted by the Ecumenical Social Justic Roundtable, an ecumenical service will be held on Thursday 15th October 12 noon Wesley Uniting Church cnr William and Hay Sts Perth.   This service will focus on mental illness and the role it plays in contributing to homelessness, interactions wiht the legal and justice system and general lack of wellbeing.
The keynote address will be by Revd Marion Millin, former UCA Associate General Secretary , who has also worked as a prison chaplain and as the Executive Officer of Unitingcare WA.
To RSVP telephone 92609800 or email marg.staffa@wa.uca.org.au

Poverty and Justice Bible

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull have come together to spruik the word of God in a “defaced” Bible.
The two disposed of politics for half an hour on Monday to jointly launch the Poverty and Justice Bible, in which orange-highlighted passages emphasise God’s words on those issues.
It seeks to challenge the notion that the Bible is outdated and to prove that God, not politicians, was the first to speak out on poverty.
The “defaced” Bible was an extraordinary work that draws people’s attentions to the challenge facing the global community, Mr Rudd told the congregation at Parliament House.
The church remained a critical part of dealing with that challenge, he said.
“When it comes to dealing with poverty at home and abroad this is often done best when you have a creative and effective partnership between the resources of government and the compassion of the church and charitable organisations.”
Mr Turnbull used the moment to speak on the importance of “showing love” by donating money or time to others.
The launch was part of the Voice for Justice initiative, which has attracted about 250 Christians to Canberra to lobby politicians on issues such as global poverty, climate change and how to bring down child mortality rates.

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE

25 November – 10 December 2009
Commit – Act – Demand:  We CAN End Violence Against Women!
The Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) and Amnesty International (WA) invite you to address the human rights challenges women experience around the globe by participating in the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
In Australia, 57% of all women who have been in a relationship have experienced violence. Violence against women is systematic and culturally entrenched. The 16 Days begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. These two dates were chosen to highlight that violence against women is a human rights abuse.
November 25 is also known as White Ribbon Day. White ribbon Day is a male led campaign that asks men to ‘not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women’. We invite men from your organisation to take a leadership role in this campaign by nominating White Ribbon Day Ambassadors. To register to become an ambassador go to http://www.whiteribbonday.org.au/Ambassadors-33.aspx.
Over the past 5 years Amnesty International WA and the Women’s Council have worked collaboratively to co-ordinate a state-wide Calendar of Events for the 16 days. Your contribution to this year’s Calendar of Events will demonstrate that on a collective level we can make a difference and that ending violence against women is everyone’s responsibility.
Your event can be as big or as small as you like, for example; host a morning tea, invite a guest speaker, write a letter to your local MP or hold a safe school/safe relationships event.
The 16 Days Calendar will be hosted on the websites of Amnesty International and the Women’s Council. This provides people with the opportunity to attend community events and to demonstrate the solidarity of organisations for the campaign to end gender violence. We would sincerely appreciate it if you could forward this letter on through your networks. To register your event please complete the attached registration form and return to:
Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services
PO Box 8437
Perth Business Centre
WA  6849         Fax:  9486 8744           Email:  womenscouncil@live.com.au
Websites: www.amnesty.org.au and www.womenscouncil.com.au
Closing date to register for the Calender of Events is Monday 12 October 2009.
For further information about holding an event please contact:
Terri at the Women’s Council on 9420 7264
Claire at Amnesty International WA on 9476 4800

The Institute of Restorative Justice and Penal Reform

Over the past year the board and members of the Institute for Restorative Justice and Penal Reform have not only held an International Conference bringing key speakers from Canada, Belgium and the UK, but they continue to present alternative and effective policies to government Ministers and Departments.
The IRJ&PR promotes the notion of challenging offending behaviours, supporting and promoting the rights of Victims of crime, promoting fair and just processes and working towards meaningful and effective outcomes for all parties to a dispute or where serious harm has been done.
It is hard work to ensure breakfast forums continue, research is carried out and policy makers are informed of best International practices. Our team travel extensively to bring to Perth and the IRJ&PR latest research papers, current practices and up to the minute results of recent research.
You are cordially invited to join us, to work with us and to share with us your ideas, plans, and vision.
We have national and International links to Universities, Governments and non-Government Organisations.
we have plenty to do, and would like you to join an exciting team. The Board meet every month and we welcome applications for boars and general membership (who may join any meeting).  The Council of Churches is involved in the IRJ and PR.