Further to A Christian Approach to Criminal Justice, the Inter-Church Criminal Justice Taskforce have made a Submission Concerning Investigation into the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Prisoners in Victoria.

We include here, in pdf format, a covering letter and the submission itself.

A noted Bonhoeffer scholar, Keith brings the principles of peacemaking alive from his experience in diverse contexts through the World Council of Churches.

JCMA Schools Coordinator Position Description

Position Title:    JCMA Schools Coordinator - Part time

Reports To:  JCMA Executive Officer

Purpose of the Organisation

The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA) is a not for profit, volunteer based organisation whose objective is to promote the prevention of emotional and physical abuse arising from religious intolerance and cultural discrimination. To achieve its objectives JCMA works to draw together members of the Abrahamic faiths in mutual respect, seeking to appreciate and understand each other by engaging with each other in dialogue and programs that create shared experience.  


The Schools Program has been running since 2003 and is designed to enhance the understanding and tolerance of different faiths and cultural traditions by young people in primary and secondary schools.  Three presenters, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim, visit schools across Melbourne and regional Victoria giving students the opportunity to see the three presenters interacting respectfully and harmoniously.  This also encourages acceptance of diversity and difference and educates students to be more accepting of others and feel more empathy towards those different from themselves.


Position Objectives

To manage all aspects of the delivery of the JCMA Schools Program including to promote and seek support for the program to ensure the program’s ongoing future success and viability.

Key Responsibilities & Duties

  1. 1.JCMA Schools Workshops
  • Manage schools bookings including:


    • Maintain existing relationships with primary and secondary schools 
    • Liaise with schools and presenters to coordinate the delivery of JCMA workshops in primary and secondary schools
    • Manage the use and care of JCMA presentation equipment
    • Conduct workshop follow-up i.e., feedback questionnaires, testimonials, update website and promotional material
    • Report weekly to the Executive Officer on activities and bookings


  • Manage and coordinate JCMA Schools Presenters:


    • Maintain relationships with JCMA schools presenters
    • Work with JCMA Executive Officer to plan and deliver 3 training sessions per year, coordinate the training days and prepare follow up reports
  1. oMaintain a list of potential new JCMA presenters and assist with the recruitment and training of new presenters


  1. 2.Schools Program Sales & Marketing


  • Follow up all schools program leads and referrals
  • Develop an annual work plan for the schools program including a sales and marketing plan
  • Coordinate and assist in the development of sales and marketing materials for the schools program
  • Assist in the identification and preparation of funding and grant proposals to fund the schools program and to keep track of funding applications
  • Keep a schools program contact database up to date


  1. 3.Meetings & Reports


  • Attend Schools Committee meetings, take the minutes and distribute
  • Compile reports for the Schools Committee and JCMA Board
  • Provide information, statistics and reports on the schools program as required


  1. 4.General Administration
  • Keep all documentation relating to the schools program filed and up to date
  • Respond to emails and enquiries about the JCMA schools program


  1. 5.Skills & Experience Required
  • Ability to work with people from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds
  • A commitment to the values and benefits of interfaith activity
  • Knowledge of the schools system and experience working in schools an advantage
  • An organized self-starter with an ability to develop and maintain an effective work plan and to work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Good communication, analytical and research skills. 
  • Ability to communicate in a persuasive and compelling way to effectively sell the workshop program to targeted schools
  • Excellent written communication skills for workshop promotion, reporting, grant writing and other funding submissions
  • Advanced computer literacy familiar with Microsoft word and excel


Relationships:  Working with the JCMA Executive Officer and the JCMA Schools Committee.

Conditions:  Salary for this 12 hours a week position is $27.50 per hour, plus 9.5% superannuation.  Working from JCMA office in East Melbourne.  May require presence at some after-hours events.   Annual leave will be 4 weeks leave pro rata per annum.   Commencement ASAP with a probationary period of 3 months.

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Applications Due:  Monday 2nd February 2015

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The members of the Victorian Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) and the Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) would like to offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims of the Sydney hostage crisis and their families. We also extend our sincere gratitude to the police and emergency services personnel who put their lives at risk in the service of others.

 For the full Statement, please click here.

Christmas Bowl provides a major context and the resources for churches to work together for the communities most affected by conflict and disaster. It is an outstanding way to witness to the unity of the churches, and the hope that that brings, to the local community. The leaders of many of the member churches of the National Council of Churches in Australia have indicated their support for the Christmas Bowl Appeal. This year Christmas Bowl has its 65th anniversary and through Act for Peace we are providing many ways that you can be involved.

An exciting new development is the formation of a network of speakers on Christmas Bowl. These generous volunteers will soon receive training and resources to enable them to be ready to speak to churches and other community groups. We ask for your prayers to support them in their preparation and work. This will be an opportunity for your church to hear about the history of the Christmas Bowl Appeal and the heroic, passionate people it supports. Please contact the Act for Peace office in Melbourne on 03 9650 6811 or in Sydney on 1800 025 101 if you would like to invite a speaker.

Many churches and groups of churches are planning events such as combined carols nights, street collections, festivals and dinners for the Christmas Bowl. We love to hear about what you are doing and have a range of resources to help you.

Two special events are: the Inaugural Frank Byatt Lecture to be held at the Electra St Uniting Church in Williamstown on 16th November at 7.30pm. This will be presented by Rev Dr Sandy Yule and is in honour of the founder of the Christmas Bowl. Please use the attached flyer to promote the event.

The other special event is a performance of The Fourth Wise Man as a musical production. This was advertised previously and we are pleased to say that one church, the Southern Community Church of Christ, is performing it, and two other churches are considering it. We will have details of the performances shortly and will send them out.

There are exciting online resources available at www.actforpeace.org.au/christmasbowl . These will add to the resources you should already have received.

The familiar large Christmas Bowl posters will be available at the Rural Conference. They are also available at several Uniting Church Presbytery offices, particularly via their meetings. Otherwise please contact our office if you would like one or are able to offer assistance in transporting them.

Our aim this year is not only to increase giving via the Christmas Bowl Appeal to support our partners, but also to involve more people and to share with them the wonderful work that can be achieved by passionate people working together.

Jeff Wild

NCCA - Act for Peace Development Officer for Victoria and Tasmania

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Act for Peace working through its international partner organisation Act Alliance, have currently appeals for Syria, Gaza and West Bank projects.


To read more, please go to www.actforpeace.org.au


At this difficult time, when globally and locally, communities are reeling from the violence of extremism, we the Victorian Council of Churches Leadership, stand in support of all those who contribute to our rich, multicultural community in Australia, and also wish to retain their religious heritage and practices.


Please click here to read more.

The Gaza Children's Emergency Appeal is a joint initiative of St John Ambulance Australia and Hadassah Australia. Both organisations have long been at the forefront of efforts to provide a medical response to the needs of Palestinian children in Gaza and the West Bank.

Please click here to read more and respond to Appeal.

‘I was in prison and you visited Me’ - A Christian approach to criminal justice


i was in prisonThe Inter Church Criminal Justice Taskforce, comprising senior Victorian Anglican, Catholic, Salvation Army and Uniting Church leaders, has released this brochure to give a Christian perspective on current issues of punishment, imprisonment and rehabilitation, and to offer effective and just ways to reduce crime and increase community safety.


In a related development, Victorian Church leaders have written to all Members of Parliament, calling for a 'restorative justice' approach to crime and offending, with a focus on prevention of crime, support for victims of crime, diversion from prison, and rehabilitation of offenders.  Click here for a copy of the letter.


Actions you can take to support a fairer approach to victims of crime and those who break the law

1.    If your church congregation has a social justice group, attend meetings and discuss criminal justice issues. See if there are initiatives the group can undertake to support prisoners and their families in your community. Invite speakers to address the group.

2.    Talk to your family and friends about how to build safer and more just communities. Find out more about the needs of vulnerable people in your local community, see if there are ways you can help.

3.    Write to politicians including your local Members of Parliament, ask them for their views about criminal justice, tell them you do not support the ‘tough on crime’ approach.

4.    Give your support to faith-based and other community organisations which help vulnerable groups, prisoners and those recently released from prison.

5.    Contact prison chaplains for your faith community, ask them what you can do to help.

6.    Further Reading and Links


The attached more detailed paper was written to inform the development of materials prior to the November 2014 Victorian State Election. It is provided as background information for other advocacy purposes.  Drawing on discussions of the Inter-church Criminal Justice Taskforce, the paper seeks to

  •     Reflect best practice policies in each area of concern (refer to the Table of Contents for the policy areas)
  •     Show how government can migrate from current practice to where we would like criminal justice policy to go
  •     Provide cogent argument for policy change – the government is seeking better, more cost-effective ways than the present way. The paper outlines alternative approaches to current problems.

Take the challenge! Eat like a Refugee for a week to support Refugees living on the Thai-Burma Border.


Eat the same rations as a refugee from Burma for one week, raise money, and show them they're not alone.

For more: www.actforpeace.org.au/rationchallenge

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