Events for the Heart and Mind – 25 March

calendar-150px1In this issue: Wellspring Community WA Creating Community; SPARKS in the Classroom; AVP Peaceful Pathways; Future Proofing Climate Change Forum; Earth Hour 2009


Inspired by the Iona Community.


You are invited to an evening of fellowship and sharing on
In the Hall – Uniting Church in City Centre
in Queen’s Building 97 William Street Perth.

Some parking available on enquiry.

A presentation will be made by those who went to the National Gathering in Canberra in March, A power point  “A Picnic with God” will be presented  by Janelle Macgregor.


A simple meal will be provided
A donation of “paper money” is requested.

RSVP after March 20  to:
Janet Watts,     Phone 9245 4617,
Lee Edwards,       Phone 92779324
Betty Matthews,  9453 9996

SPARKS in the classroom

A seminar for Chaplains and RE teachers at Hale School on Friday 9th April. Three internationally recognised speakers will be addressing those attending – Robert Kirkwood, lecturer in Religious and Moral Education at the University of Edinburgh; Dylan Bartlett, Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at The Royal High School, Edinburgh; and Dr Jeremy Hall, Head of Religious Education at Newington College, Sydney.
You can read more and register at their website

AVP Peaceful Pathways

The Alternatives to Violence Project  WA (Inc) is a non-religious, not for profit organisation which has run workshops in Perth since 1994. This is an international programme based on over 30 years of experience. We conduct workshops for members of the general community to help participants discover new and creative ways of responding to conflict situations and build community. Participants find strengths and skills within themselves that will enable them to deal with future conflict or potentially violent situations in a more positive manner.

The Basic Workshop covers themes such as:
Affirmation, Communication, Co-operation, Community Building, Trust and Conflict Resolution

All people who have completed a Basic course are invited to participate in an Advanced level.
At this workshop the participants choose, by consensus, the topic which they want the second day of the program to develop.

Some common themes explored are:
Fear, Anger, Communication, Stereotyping, Power and Powerlessness, and Forgiveness

There is then a third course in which people can train to become facilitators.

The next Advanced course:  May 23 & 24th
The next Training for Facilitators:  June 13 & 14th

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April, ‘09
9am  until  5.30 pm each day.
Please arrive on time and bring your lunch

Morning & Afternoon teas provided.
Venue:    Enterprise House (old school building Opposite Swan Districts Hospital)
Cnr Grt N. Hgwy & Eveline St
Middle Swan.

Cost:  $40 unwaged, or by negotiation
$80 waged

Please contact Sally herzfeld for more information

Sally Herzfeld
PO Box 66, Darlington 6070
Tel. 93715407


What will life be like over the next 50 years as a result of climate change?
That’s the question a free public forum will address in the lead up to the Climate 21 Conference hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Food.
The Future Proofing Climate Change forum will investigate how climate change will impact on everyday life and business and what can be done to minimise the negatives and optimise the opportunities.

Some of the nation’s leading climate change scientists will be represented on the forum panel, including the ABC’s Adam Spencer, the CSIRO’s Dr Mark Howden, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds from the Federal Department of Climate Change and Dr Brian Jones from the WA Department of Fisheries.

Dr David Bowran from the Department of Agriculture and Food said climate change had the capacity to impact on many different facets of everyday life and business.

“Climate over the south west of WA has been changing for some time and at least part of this has been driven by greenhouse gas emissions. Even if the world succeeds in drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a degree of climate change is considered inevitable,” he said.

“We need to identify now what areas of life will be impacted by climate change, how  to adapt to minimise this impact and what opportunities could be created.”

Dr Bowran said climate change and variability was already affecting global food and water security, fisheries and the presence of pests and diseases.
“Climate change will touch almost every facet of life, from higher food and energy bills, to increased insurance charges in low lying areas, to tourism and doing business in a world with carbon trading,” he said.

“There will be costs and there will be benefits from these changes. This forum is an opportunity to look forward and do some horizon planning to provide for a sustainable future for coming generations.”

The Future Proofing Climate Change Forum is free and will be held on Wednesday, 25 March at 8pm at the Burswood Entertainment Complex.
To register contact  Jo Fitzpatrick on 9368 3710 or Kasha Brandis on 9368 3231 or email the Department of Agriculture and Food WA

Media contacts:
Dr David Bowran, Agricultural Systems Research Manager, 9690 2137
Lisa Bertram/Katrina Bowers, media liaison, 9368 3937

Earth Hour


Earth Hour is on Saturday 28 March 2009 at 8.30pm, local time, wherever you live on planet earth.

You can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for the hour, or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on.

The results of the election will be presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. Vote Earth campaigners want one billion votes for Earth to tell world leaders that we have to take action against global warming.

To find out more visit