Research shows that poverty has a direct impact on the economic, social and spiritual aspects of people's lives. The cycle of poverty and disadvantage once begun can be difficult to break and diminishes the individual and the society in which it occurs. The Salvation Army's experience with disadvantaged Australians demonstrates that without basic necessities being met, people survive but do not flourish as full participating members of society.
For the full Reflection and Prayer Guide which is on our Resources page, please read here.
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Below are a couple of videos for Anti-Poverty Week this year that show how difficult it can be to budget on income support payments. Here are the links, please feel free to spread them far and wide via social media or any other outlets you have.
There are downloadable versions as well if you want to use the videos in meetings or events where you can't stream directly from YouTube:
Statement on Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis
The Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) has issued the following statement in response to the Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis:
As faith community leaders, we add our collective voice to that of many people in our Australian community who are appalled at the ongoing humanitarian crisis unfolding before the world and call on all countries to act quickly and concisely in addressing the plight of fleeing people.
Please click here to read the full statement.
The Uniting Church is renewing its call for the immediate closure of the Nauru Detention Centre! Please consider signing and sharing our petition to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton Minister for Immigration and Border Protection: http://www.justact.org.au/offshore_detention
Pope Francis and Other Prophetic Voices are calling us to reject the ways of greed and violence and breathe new hope in the search for peace and justice. These voices invite us to focus our attention on how we relate to God, to one another and to the earth. They remind us that we live in a troubled, unequal, often violent and anxious world, and that this places on us heavy responsibilities to renew our commitment to the public good, and respect the dignity of all human beings, especially the poor and the vulnerable. This event is open to members of all faiths, cultures and communities. Join us 17th and 18th September at St Michael’s on Collins.
Youth are also invited to come along and explore how to become the best you can be in a changing and diverse society. The youth forum Reshape Your World is a space where school and university students will engage with questions such as what is the world Pope Francis sees and is responding to? Are Francis’ eyes seeing right? Are these the issues? Are youth fired up about these same issues? If yes, what are they doing about them? If not, why not? What are you hearing from your peers? These are just some of the questions that youth will explore at the youth forum on 16th September at St Michael’s on Collins. Youth of all religion and faiths are welcome to attend.
Register at www.acu.edu.au/popefrancis
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The Victorian Council of Churches held its annual Oration on the 4th August. It was held at Melbourne City Mission and the guest Speaker was Rev Tim Costello, the CEO of World Vision Australia. His Theme was: The Challenges for Faith in a Globalising World.
The Focus of the thoughts I want to share tonight is Faith – and the responsibility (and opportunity) that people of Faith carry in an ever changing, ever emerging global community… Read more…
As you would know there has been an increasing degree of activity by a number of parties that would seek to create fear and unease regarding our cultural diversity.
On the 16th of July the Primer of Victoria Daniel Andrews launched a new #EmbraceDiversity campaign which aims to promote inclusion and harmony in Australia and around the world.
There is interest in ensuring a clear recognition of the strength of our Multicultural Society and the benefits it brings not only in social terms but also the economic benefits.
We are hoping to demonstrate the resounding commitment by political leaders, business, community, philanthropic and the not for profit sectors to the embracing of diversity.
A number of high profile people have joined the campaign to show their support for diversity in the community. Click Here to watch the video.
We’re encourage you to promote and share #EmbraceDiversity within your networks
Follow us on –
- Twitter - https://twitter.com/EmbDiversity
- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EmbDiversity
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Get involved –
- Post a photo of yourself holding the #EmbraceDiversity sign;
- Change your profile picture to the Embrace Diversity logo; or
- Share your thoughts on what #EmbraceDiversity means to you;
- Remember to include #EmbraceDiversity in your posts.
Our partners include but not limited to– AFL, Netball Victoria, FIFA Victoria, Twitter Australia, Facebook, Google Australia, Australia Post, Australian Super, VECCI, Westpac, Victorian Trades Hall, Scanlon Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Melbourne Writers Festival, Portland House Foundation, Cricket Australia, Google Australia, Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Linfox and Commonwealth Bank.
If you need more information please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Join the conversation. Help us #EmbraceDiversity
Today is the 21st anniversary of the inauguration of National Council of Churches in Australia. We are celebrating this anniversary with the launch of our new website. I hope that you will Like us– and pass the link to others. It is a work in progress. Please let us know if you wold like us to add any news, request from your church or NCCA activity.
Many will recall the event in St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra.
Margaret Roberts, one of the artists involved in making the mantle, wrote:
The biggest thrill for me was the impact the mantle had on the service. It was indeed very moving to witness the mantle being processed in, unfolded, passed from the representative of the Australian Council of Churches to the representative of the National Council of Churches and then unfurled further and in the hands of the dancers to flow over the heads of all those in the cathedral. This was accompanied by the most wonderful music of the ecumenical choir and instrumentalists singing 'You are my inheritance, 0 Lord'.
May we continue to give thanks for the blessings received and continue to strive to fulfil the hopes expressed on that day.
Elizabeth Delaney SGS
National Council of Churches in Australia
The Victorian Council of Churches notes with sadness the passing of Michele Harris OAM. Michele has been at the forefront of the movement for recognition of our First Peoples and has worked closely with Churches through her involvement with NCCA.
The Council sends its prayers and sympathies to Michele’s family and friends as they mourn a wonderful person.