Events for the Heart and Mind – 9th September

In This Issue: Deaths in Custody Watch Committee; Saint George’s Cathedral Centre for Spirituality;  Fr Denis Edwards; Breakthrough 2009; The Climate Project; The Looking Forward Fund; South African Zulu Choir; Revd. Prof. Robert Gribben; David Marr’s CARAD & CASE for Refugees talk Audio.

The Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (WA)
requests that you join them on 16 September, 12:30PM on the front steps of Parliament House (Harvest Terrace, Perth).
We call on all concerned community members to join us, again, in calling for fundamental changes to

  1. the system of transporting detainees in WA, and
  2. to the administration of justice that led to the inexcusable death in custody of Mr Ward.

The State Government has not done enough – justice has not been served!

The Committee will also be presenting their petition (containing 1000s of your signatures) calling for justice for Mr Ward, and for changes to a flawed system!
End the G4S contract now!
Act on the Coroner’s findings now!
“What Eddie Mabo was to Native Title, let Mr Ward be to the Justice System”
Mr Bruce Smith, Ward family spokesperson
For more information, contact Marc Newhouse
0415074602 or Craig Collins on 0428810445 /
94441930 email

invites you to Waste Time with God:
Wed. Sept 9th – – “A Day in the Spiritual Life of the Cathedral”
9.30am until 2.30pm: Presentation: “A Journey with the Angels” by The Reverend Donald Hiscock, Hon. Asscte Priest of St George’s Cathedral, Poetry of the Angels with Professor Christopher Wortham and other spiritual experiences. Includes morning Tea/Coffee/Muffins, Lunch, afternoon tea and printed resources. ($12)
Wed. Sept 23rd – – “Coffee, Prayers and Spirituality”
9.30am until 11.30am: Presentation: “Spirituality and … The Media” with Mr Ted Bull, Cathedral Worshipper and ABC 720 Radio Presenter Par Excellence. Includes tea, coffee, muffins. ($5)
Registrations (for catering and seating) by the Monday before the event to Bishop David Murray, Cathedral Centre for Spirituality – Phone 9325 5766 or Email:
Please also be aware that there will be a four late afternoon series of Coffee and Spirituality from 5.30pm in the Cathedral Friends’ Room — 38A St Geo Tce.
7/10 the Revd Helen Jane Corr — Spirituality and Beauty
14/10 the Revd Richard Pengelley — Spirituality and Sport
21/10 Professor Christopher Wortham — Spirituality and Poetry
28/10 Mr Jim Freemantle — Spirituality and The Economy
These are late afternoon repeats from earlier morning sessions

Adelaide Theologian FR DENIS EDWARDS
A Day of Prayerful Reflection
on the theme of
WHEN: Friday 18th September 2009 10.00 am — 4.00 pm
WHERE: Infant Jesus Parish Centre Wellington Street, MORLEY
COST: $20.00 [M/T, Lunch & A/T provided]
RSVP 11th September ‘09
Ph: 9422 7919 or 6380 5160
Sponsored by CRWA and Maranatha

Be part of the Breakthrough.

Breakthrough is a global initiative calling for women’s groups, faith communities, development agencies, business and philanthropists to work together to support local and regional action to reach the targets for Millennium Development Goals 3 and 5, women’s equality and maternal health.
In April 2008, international leaders in Washington pledged US$1.4 billion and launched a new alliance to work together to refocus efforts to reduce poverty for women and girls.
You are invited to participate in the first regional Summit in global movement. Join the dialogue with local and international leaders in Melbourne on December 2nd and 3rd, 2009.
The Breakthrough Summit will:

  • Announce new commitments and investments for women and girls
  • Highlight the priorities needed to reach the MDGs
  • Convene people from across the women, faith and development communities to join a new alliance supporting women and girls.

Asia Pacific Breakthrough will be held at Federation Square on the eve of Parliament of the World’s Religions. More than 20 national and international leaders will speak and participate in this Summit, including:

  • Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA
  • Sister Joan Chittister OSB of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, New York
  • Hon Dame Carol Kidu, CBE, MP, Minister for Community Development and Religion and Sports, Papua New Guinea
  • Hon Mr Bob McMullan MP, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance
  • Dr. Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Dr Musdah Mulia, Chairperson of Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace (ICRP)
  • The Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, Thailand
  • Jane Sloane, Executive Director, International Women’s Development Agency
  • Jackie Ogega, Director, Religions for Peace, New York
  • Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, Coordinator, femLINKPACIFIC, Fiji
  • Dina Lumbantobing, Women’s Crisis Center, PESADA, Indonesia
  • Rev Tim Costello, Executive Director, World Vision
  • Dr Julia Newton-Howes, Chief Executive Officer, Care Australia
  • Andrew Hewett, Executive Director, Oxfam


The Climate Project
Tuesday September 15th at 1.00-2.30pm
Conference Room City West Lotteries House 2 Delhi St West Perth
To celebrate Sustianable September WACOSS invites you to a special presentation of Al Gore’s The Climate Project.
Al Gore has personally trained 250 Australians across the country to deliver a current Australian version of the climate change presentiaon known as the basis of his movie “An Inconvenient Truth”.
Presenter: Irina Cattalini, Director of Social Policy at Wacoss.
For information or to register plese contact Lorilee Beecroft at WACOSS 94207222 or

The Looking Forward Fund

Grants for Regional Arts and Cultural Development
The Department of Culture and the Arts invites applications from groups and organisations to support regional and remote communities in a broad range of arts and cultural development.
The Looking Forward Fund will support imaginative and inspiring programs including the development of markets, networks, professional artistic and creative skills and partnerships.
The purpose of the Looking Forward Fund is to encourage and stimulate strong and diverse regional arts and cultural outcomes leading to social and economic benefits for communities and artists.
In recognition of the scale of potential applications there will be no maximum or minimum cap on the request to the fund. There will be a pool of funds in each round of approximately $600,000 and a two stage application process.
The first stage is a short expression of interest then, if you are short-listed, you will be invited to submit a full proposal at a second stage.
Looking Forward Fund applications close on 2 October 2009
Please check the website for details and contact the Senior Policy Officer Regional Arts on 9224 7442 or freecall 1800 199 090 for more information.

Events with the South African Zulu Choir
The South African Zulu Choir is coming to Australia as part of Collaboration 4 Change (C4C), a global movement that is creating positive social change through music.
The incredible Choir will take audiences on a musical journey of perseverance, hope and inspiration. They will tell the story of South Africa through a wide variety of musical styles including traditional Zulu, township jive, songs from the apartheid era, modern gospel, R&B/soul and much more.
In 2007, the Connections Choir performed 17 mostly sold out concerts, featured on TV, radio and in newspapers throughout Australia, and raised over $60,000 for development projects in South Africa. They also recorded a chart-topping song with hip hop group Bliss N Eso called Bullet and a Target.
This year’s tour by the South African Zulu Choir is expected to be even more successful.
C4C was conceived by two young people from opposite sides of the world, Nic Mackay (Australia) and Dawn Mlotshwa (South Africa). The movement made its successful debut in South Africa in 2008 in partnership with Nelson Mandela’s 46664. “Collaboration 4 Change: Australia” is an initiative of Key Change Music and The Oaktree Foundation. The Oaktree Foundation is a youth run aid and development organisation established in Melbourne in 2002 and is now building its numbers in WA. It is a unique advocacy and fundraising voluntary movement as all its members are under 26. Oaktree aims to be effective advocates for global injustice, and create real change. The vision at Oaktree is that people can work to create change from within Australia, and Oaktree members do just this. Oaktree’s goal is to become obsolete and redundant, when there is no longer poverty and injustice in the world.
For more information on Oaktree, please see:
08/09/09 Perth, WA SCHOOL Churchlands Auditorium, Churchlands Senior High School 7:30pm Full: $17.00 | Conc: $15.00 Tickets available ONLINE
General public welcome to attend!
09/09/09 Perth, WA SCHOOL Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre, St. Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School 7:30pm Full: $25.00 | Conc: $20.00 Tickets: (08) 9341 9111 or
General public welcome to attend!
11/09/09 Perth, WA CHURCH Perth Church Concert TBC TBC TBC
12/09/09 Perth, WA PUBLIC Hadley Hall, Methodists Ladies’ College 7:30pm Full: $25.00 | Conc: $20.00 Tickets available ONLINE
Enquiries (08) 9384 4000

Perth Wesley Uniting Church has invited Revd. Prof. Robert Gribben to Perth to share his many years of practical experience in the creative use of Church worship space.
He will be our Guest speaker at a public meeting on
10th October 2009 at 6 for 6:30pm in the Uniting Church in the City Centre, 1st Floor, 97 William Street ,PERTH.
There will be a bring and share meal and an opportunity to ask questions
“It matters what we do in church architecture and in the furnishings of our churches. Each element, from design to manufacture, from placement to relationship, is capable of being a sacrament of God’s truth, drawing us, through the senses God has given us, closer to the One who has entered creation in Jesus Christ and remade things” Revd Professor Emeritus Robert Gribben – author of “Living Stones” Theological Guidelines for Uniting Church Worship Buildings
Please R.S.V.P. Denise Zan on 6103 4203 or by Friday 25th September 2009.
Creative Use of Church Worship Space
Public Lecture by Prof Robert Gribben
10th October 2009
6 for 6.30pm Uniting Church in the City Centre
1st Floor

CARAD & CASE for Refugees – Public Forum with David Marr
As a follow up to the Public Forum held at Christ Church Grammar School Centre on Monday 31 August, we now have an audio of David Marr’s presentation entitled ‘Who shapes Our Fears: the role of governments, oppositions and the press play in alarming Australians about refugee boats.’ David’s presentation can now be heard by visiting the Project SafeCom website