Saturday, March 10, 2007


The Disciples of Christ are encouraging congregations around the world to stop and remember the beginning of the War in Iraq. Here is a link to some PDF resources for Sunday March 18th.

Friday, March 09, 2007


Do you want to work with the FairWear campaign?

The two day per week position as a campaign worker is now being advertised to work in the FairWear Melbourne office on a range of FairWear projects, go to: or click here.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Everyday celebrities like the rest of us also need to make our voices heard so that our leaders pay attention and work to make things better for those living in poverty. To help you plan ahead, mark the following key dates in your calendar or diary, stay tuned for more details, and make sure that you're ready on these dates to do your bit to MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY.

  • July 1 - 7: Zero Point Seven Road Trip
    Led by coalition members the Oaktree Foundation and Reach, this national roadtrip will draw in youth from around the country and engage them on issues of global poverty.
  • July 7: 07/07/07 National Day Of Action
    The half-time mark to halve poverty by 2015. Time to raise a deafening roar.
  • September 1 - 6: APEC Action
    World leaders from countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meet in Sydney. You'd better believe we're going to be there.
  • October 17: Stand Up & Speak Out
    Last year, almost 93,000 Australians (and 23 million people worldwide) stood up against poverty and set a new Guinness World Record. This year we'll break that record and speak out against poverty to show our leaders that Australians want them to take action.
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(from the Make Poverty History campaign)

Make Gender Inequality History!

If we really want to make poverty history, we must ensure that all women everywhere can fully participate in the development of their families, communities and nations. However, there is much to be done to end gender inequality and discrimination.

Did you know:

  • Of the 1.3 billion people living in poverty around the world, 70% are women.
  • Two-thirds of children denied primary education are girls, and 75% of the world's 876 million illiterate adults are women.
  • Women work two-thirds of the world's working hours, produce half of the world's food, and yet earn only 10% of the world's income and own less than 1% of the world's property.

Today (March 8) is International Women's Day. Visit our website to see 5 things you can do to celebrate the day and help make gender inequality history.


To get involved in this initiative or to find out what happened last year, click here


The leaders of the world's biggest polluting countries will be meeting in Germany this June and the agenda for this summit is being decided right now. is a new global online network and is launching a campaign to tell these Presidents and Prime Ministers to start putting in place plans for a new climate change treaty to come into effect after Kyoto. Click below to watch their TV ad and sign their petition calling for immediate action. is an online community for global citizens to take action on urgent global issues, from climate change to global poverty to the crisis in the Middle East. (Our name means "voice" or "song" in several languages.) Our mission is to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decisions. We use the latest technology to empower people to directly contact key global decision-makers, corporations, and the media when there is an urgent opportunity to make a difference. was co-founded by Civic Action and Res Publica.


Workshop on Spirituality and Social Justice

Led by The Revd Kathy Galloway - Warden of the Iona Community, Scotland

Saturday 17th March - 10am to 4.00pm

Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Burge Building, Trinity College, Royal Parade, Parkville

Admission $25.00 at the door.

The Revd Kathy Galloway is the author of nine books of theology, liturgy and poetry, and is an Honorary Lecturer in Practical Theology at Glasgow University. The major focus of her work has always been with social justice issues, especially relating to people living in poverty and to women.

Enquires: Dorothy Dullege phone: 9348 7127 Email:,


Tuesday 13 March 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – Day Retreat: Exploring Gospel Non-violence

Wednesday 14 March 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Public Lecture: Peacemaking in a Violent World

Wednesday 14 March 7:30 pm – 10 pm – Public Lecture: Peacemaking in a World of Fear with Tim Costello

These events are being lead by Fr John Dear SJ, one of the leading voices for peace in the USA. A priest, pastor, peacemaker, retreat leader and author. He served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organisation in the USA. He has given thousands of lectures on peace across the US.

For further details about these events, including venues, prices and how to register, visit or contact Simon on 0402 857 915


Deepdene Uniting Church Hall, 958 Burke Road, Balwyn

Do you support environmental sustainability, but are not sure how to incorporate this into your everyday life?

Deepdene Uniting Church Social Concerns Committee is hosting four free evening (7.00pm-9.00pm)workshops on the topics of:

· Water in the Home and Garden -- Thursday 1st March;

· Energy in the Home –Thursday 19th April;

· Waste and Sustainable Consumption –Thursday 3rd May; and

· Healthy Homes and Transport –Thursday 7th June

Each session will give practical assistance with opportunity to ask for advice on products.

The project has received funding through the State Government's Sustainability Fund and support from Origin Energy Pty Ltd, Melbourne Water Corporation and VISY Recycling.

ENQUIRIES: Contact Rhonda at the Church Office on phone number 9859 4566 (Wed, Fri am; Thur pm); Sadie 9816 9229, or Dorothy 9818 4706. Places are limited to 40 people.

Jointly presented by the City of Boroondara and Swinburne University.


The SJN are currently planning an event called “Focus on Africa” which aims to bring together the many churches who are currently supporting or welcoming African people and their families into our churches. We plan to run a workshop which will feature some guest speakers from Africa who will tell their stories as well as provide a forum for churches to share their experiences and knowledge. If your church is interested in joining the discussion which will probably be held during the Week of Christian Unity (20-27 May 07) please email Kristen on Venue TBA.


The fair trade coffee movement is gaining a lot of momentum, already within Churches of Christ, there are a number of churches that have made the switch to fair trade coffee. It is easy to do. What about your church? You can know that you are supporting farmers all around the world and know that they are receiving a fair and sustainable amount for their coffee beans.

Coming soon – fairtrade chocolate. To order coffee and herbal teams call People for Fair Trade 30 Wellington Road Clayton (03) 9511 0152 or email