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“A church that does not provoke any crisis, preach a gospel that does not unsettle, proclaim a word of God that does not get under anyone's skin or a word of God that does not touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed: what kind of gospel is that?”
Oscar A. Romero
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Hi Carol!
This week includes World Environment Day and we would encourage you to check out the great resources for use in your congregation below. Also, why not come down for a casual (and free!) meal and chat about all things related to eco-Christianity at the Oh My GOSS! event tonight. See below for details.
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UNITINGJUSTICE — World Environment Day, 5 June
The theme for World Environment Day this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” This year is also the International Year of Soils. We have chosen to focus on soil as a critical issue for the sustainable future of the planet and because it needs to be a vital consideration in our patterns of sustainable production and consumption. Click Here for more information and to download Resources
 
UNITINGJUSTICE AUSTRALIA – Refugee Week resource 2015 – With Courage Let Us Combine
UnitingJustice Australia has released their Refugee Week (14–20 June) resource for 2015 with the theme ‘With courage let us all combine.’ Taken from the second verse of the Australian national anthem, this year’s theme celebrates the courage of refugees who have refused to deny their beliefs or identity in the face of persecution, fled their homeland and often endured terrifying and dangerous journeys only to face the cruelty of detention before working hard to make a new life for themselves and their families. Download Here   Refugee 2015 Posters are now available Click Here
 
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES — Refugee Sunday – 21 June 2015 
The plight of people forced to flee their lands confronts us on a daily basis. The NCCA invites all Australian churches to participate in a day or prayer and fasting on Refugee Sunday, 21 June. Click Here for Resources
 
UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA - A missed opportunity – 2015 Budget Response
In the run up to the announcement of the 2015 Budget UnitingCare Australia called for the Government to take a long-term view and invest in people and programs that would advance Australia’s resilience and productivity. Read More
 
UNITINGWORLD — Latest News & Blogs
The latest news & blogs can be seen on the UnitingWorld website.  Click Here
FIRST PEOPLES
 
ABC THE DRUM – Invest in communities not prisons to reduce Indigenous youth detention
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are over-represented in our prisons and the situation is getting worse. Governments need to support Indigenous-led programs that shift investment from prisons to communities, writes Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International. Read More
 
THE GUARDIAN - The backlash against Adam Goodes is the reason his war dance is important
What a sad end to reconciliation week that Adam Goodes expressing victory in the form of an Aboriginal war dance should garner such controversy. Especially in a match that is highlighted as part of the Indigenous round. It is baffling that people still see Indigenous culture as something that is un-Australian when it is, in fact, the most Australian of any culture. Read More
 
NEW MATILDA - Report Used To Cut Aboriginal Health Actually Recommended Continued Funding, Say Greens
The WA government refused to publicly release an independent report recommending continued funding to Aboriginal health, and then used it to justify a 50 per cent funding cut to Aboriginal health programmes. That’s according to WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, who today condemned the state government for being “irresponsible” in the savage slashes to Aboriginal health. Read More
 
NEW MATILDA - Remote Bush Welfare Plan Will Drive People From Their Lands, Says Council
Controversial changes to a remote jobs program, condemned for forcing Aboriginal workers back to the days before equal wages, could also push people off their homelands and into regional centres, where they could very likely fall even further into a poverty trap. That’s the concern of the Central Desert Regional Council, a shire which takes in communities like Yuendemu, Ti Tree and Lajumanu, all within a day’s drive to regional centres like Alice Springs and Katherine. Read More
 
ABC NEWS - Funding threat to 24-hour phone line connecting Aboriginal people in custody to legal adviser
A 24-hour phone line which connects Aboriginal people in custody to a lawyer could be wound back at the end of the month. Since the Custody Notification Service (CNS) began in New South Wales and the ACT in 2000, there have been no Aboriginal deaths in custody in those states. So far this year the Federal Government has refused to renew its funding for the phone line which expires at the end of June, despite support from Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion. The CNS, which costs just over $500,000 annually, fields about 15,000 calls a year. Read More

ENVIRONMENT


INSIGHTS – Will Christians stop the killing of Creation?
Have we become preoccupied with our own survival, while the web of life unravels? If you think that the Uniting Church is in trouble, then have a care for Creation. During the past 40 years, the size of the world’s total animal population (except for humans) has halved. Over the same period, we humans have doubled our numbers, and increased our per capita consumption (real GDP) by 70 per cent (100 per cent in Australia). Read More
 
CLIMATE CENTRAL - In Stunning Reversal, ‘Big Oil’ Asks for Carbon Price
In a stunning reversal of years of obstructionism to creating a global framework to deal with climate change, CEOs from global oil and gas behemoths Shell, BP, Total, Statoil, Eni and the BG Group have signaled that they’re ready for a price on carbon. The CEOs of the companies, with nearly $1.4 trillion in annual revenue, sent a letter on Friday, to Christiana Figueres, the United Nation’s climate chief, as well as Laurent Fabius, France’s Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister who will also lead the Paris climate talks later this year. Read More
 
NEW MATILDA - Australia Prepares For A Global Grilling On Our Green Credentials
The international gaze has turned to Australia’s environmental management with a United Nations summit in Germany putting the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmanian Wilderness and Australia’s climate policy under the microscope. A draft decision of the World Heritage Centre (WHC) allayed fears the reef’s heritage status would be listed as ‘in danger’ on Friday, but the government was effectively told to take plans for the management of Tasmanian Wilderness back to the drawing board. Read More
 
EUREKA STREET – Fossil fuel divestment economics in line with morality
The Norwegian Parliament has just ordered its $A1.15 trillion Sovereign Wealth Fund to divest from coal. This represents the largest single divestment from fossil fuels in human history, and our biggest sign yet that the age of coal is over and the financial case for investing in fossil fuels is likely to disintegrate. Read More
 
REUTERS – Bonn U.N. talks seek to trim unwieldy climate change plan
Governments will try to streamline an 89-page draft text of a U.N. deal to fight climate change due to be agreed in Paris in December, hoping to avoid the acrimony of the last failed attempt. The 190-nation talks among senior officials in Bonn, from June 1-11, will try to narrow down vastly differing options, ranging from promises to slash greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 to vague pledges to curb rising emissions. Read More

ASYLUM SEEKERS


WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS — Julian Burnside QC’s inspiring words
As many know, Julian Burnside QC spoke to a full house (over 600 people) at the Octagon theatre, UWA in March 2015. We thank Janet Holmes A Court and Peter Dowding SC for their comments as well. Listen to Mr Burnside's inspiring words here.
 
ABC THE DRUM — Border Force Act:  detention secrecy just got worse
Those working in Australia's detention centres are now forbidden under threat of jail time from revealing information to anyone about anything they come across while doing their jobs, write Greg Barns and George Newhouse. Read More
 
ABC NEWS - Family remains in detention despite asylum claim being granted last year, Ombudsman's report find
A family of four has been in detention for more than four-and-a-half years even though they had their asylum claim granted last June, according to the Commonwealth and Immigration Ombudsman. The Ombudsman has undertaken a snapshot of the current detention situation across the nation. A family of four, who arrived by boat in July 2010 had they application for protection grated in June last year, yet still remained in community detention awaiting the outcome of the mother's security assessment. Read More
 
THE GUARDIAN - Australian law groups urge Coalition to pressure Nauru over growing legal crisis
Australia’s peak legal bodies have called on the federal government to intervene in the growing legal crisis on Nauru after a senior Australian lawyer scheduled to appear for asylum seekers on the island was denied a visa. Jay Williams, a barrister, was denied a visa by the Nauru government shortly before he was scheduled to appear in two cases on the island, one of which could see the president, Baron Waqa, and the justice minister, David Adeang, face contempt of court charges. Read More 
 
ABC NEWS - Asylum seekers in reef crash detained in Indonesia after being turned back by Australian ship
A group of asylum seekers whose boat ran aground in Indonesia after being turned back by Australian authorities has been transferred to immigration detention. Sixty-five people from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar were spotted by Indonesian fishermen on Monday after crashing onto a reef near remote Rote Island. Read More
 
THE AGE - Ombudsman slams government for long detention rates
Asylum seekers, including mothers and their children, are spending nearly five years in Australian immigration detention facilities, as the time in detention has soared to one of the longest rates in the world. The Commonwealth and Immigration Ombudsman has slammed the government for its prolonged detention of asylum seekers after finding children are being born, and remain, in detention facilities waiting for their families' claims of protection to be processed or for their security assessments to be cleared. Read More

EVENTS

SOCIAL JUSTICE BOARD & FIRST THIRD - Oh My GOSS - Join us to reconnect with the God Of Sea and Sky network (or join it), share a meal and hear reports from a recent international Eco-Theology conference in Adelaide.
Thursday 4th June, 2015 @ 7.30pm in the Undercroft All Saints Floreat Uniting Church, Cnr Kirkdale Ave. and Berkeley Cres. Floreat, WA
Please RSVP for catering purposes
FREEDOM2B  - What is True Colours?
Come along to the Community Room, at the Northbridge Piazza Building on Friday 5 June from 7.00pm until 9.00pm to listen to Guest Speaker Mister Farquhar.  Misty works for UnitingCare West where she is the Manager for True Colours and the Safe Schools project in WA.  For further information on this event, contact Graham on 0405 285 233 or Bev on 0407 778 201.
For further updates go to www.facebook.com/Freedom2bPerth
UNITING CHURCH IN THE CITY — Fundraiser for Sri Lanka:   CURRY LUNCH
The UCIC Curry Lunch is on again! Sunday 7th June at First Floor Hall, Queens Building, 97 William St Perth at 12.00 midday, we will be hosting our amazing curry lunch to fundraise for the preschool program in Sri Lanka. We were so excited to hear of the new preschool that was able to start from our donations last year and look forward to supporting the new students with this year’s funds. The cost for the lunch is $15.00 single, $25.00 per couple, and $10.00 concession. Our friend Maru will be the chef again and Sarah, the Tamil dancer will dance at the opening of the event.
UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA (WA) - ''The Climate Talks''
You are invited to "The Climate Talks", presented by UNAAWA in partnership with the UN Information Centre and the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Hear our experts speak about climate change issues & then join in the Q&A session. Presenters include : Kevin Petrini, Regional Climate Change Specialist for the Pacific, United Nations Development Program, Professor Petra Tschakert, UWA Centenary Winthrop Professor in Rural Development & IPCC coordinating lead author, Christopher Woodthorpe, Director, United Nations Information Centre (Canberra). Details: Tuesday 9 June 2015, from 6pm to 7.30pm, followed by light refreshments.  Bayliss Lecture Theatre, University of WA (parking via Fairway Entrance 4).  $15 standard, $10 students, concessions, members & community groups. Tickets from http://www.trybooking.com/HXJH. Contact us via office@unaa-wa.org.au or call Harvey on 0422 417 563 http://unaa-wa.org.au/
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL WA: Community is Everything
Amnesty International would love to see you at the WA launch of our Community is Everything Campaign. If you are interested in supporting your community and the future of Indigenous children, please join us on the 11th of June at 12:00pm!
Spaces are limited so RSVP to secure your spot: https://goo.gl/nj2FZ5
LOCATION: Perth Town Hall, corner Barrack and Hay St
DATE & TIME: Thursday 11 June 2015, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
REFUGEE WEEK - Welcome Fiesta and Walk -
Sunday, 14 June
A fun free family friendly event to welcome refugees into our community. Exotic food stalls, arts & crafts, face painting, music and dancing.
11 AM - Community drumming circle, art activities
12 PM - Welcome and Speeches
12:30 PM - Walk through Fremantle
1 PM - Return to Esplanade music & dancing
More Details
VOICES IN PRAISE CHOIR — Fundraising Event for Nepal - CONCERT
Voices in Praise Choir and Guest artists invite you to an afternoon of music on Sunday 14 June at 3.00pm at Mt Pleasant Uniting Church, Cnr Coomoora & Reynolds Rds Mt Pleasant. Cost $12 or $7.00 concession. Please pay at the door. All proceeds of this concert to ACT for Peace, who are already on the ground in Nepal. Light refreshments after the concert.  All are welcome.
REFUGEE WEEK 2015 – Prayer Vigil
Prayer Vigil for Refugees.  Sunday 14th June 2015, 4pm to 7pm at St Hilda’s Anglican Church, 15 View Street, North Perth, Western Australia. All are welcome.
CARAD — Film Fundraiser:  ‘The Good Lie’
Monday, 15 June at the State Library of Western Australia.  Refreshments and raffle tickets available for purchase from 6.00pm.  Film screening starts at 7.00pm.  Buy your $20.00 tickets. Share with your network, including through the Facebook event HERE
The Western Australia Amnesty Refugee Rights and Amnesty LGBTQI groups are hosting a social/academic/film evening June 16 at The Court, 50 Beaufort St Perth. $10 at the door. 6-8pm.
From 6:30pm we will be having talks and Q & A with some very smart and engaged people.
At 7pm we will be screening 'From the Same Soil', a short documentary about the persecution faced by LGBTQI refugees in South Africa.

RSVP: warefugeegroup@amnesty.org.au
 
FAIR GO FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS APPEAL — World Refugee Day QUIZ NIGHT
Saturday, 20 June at 7.00pm at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.  Venue:  Leederville Oval Function Centre, 246 Vincent St Leederville.  (Parking and driveway off Vincent St.) Tickets $250.per table (Each table seats 10 people per table). There will be prizes for the best themed / dressed table, as well as entertainment throughout the evening. The bar is available for refreshments, however please bring your own food and nibbles. There are only 20 tables available, so get in quick! If you have any queries, please email ceopa@thehumanitariangroup.org.au. Click Here for the Try Booking Link
REFUGEE WEEK 2015 - With Courage Let Us All Combine
Celebrate World Refugee Day with music from The Southern Edge and be part of the Closing Ceremony for Refugee Week 2015. Join in a welcome to all former refugees and asylum seekers to the City of Perth. Keynote Speaker is Phil Glendenning, President, Refugee Council of Australia and fantastic guest speaker, Rubi Ni Chin. Hear her story of escape from Burma. Sunday 21st June 2015, Perth Town Hall, 1.00pm for 1.30pm start, 3.45pm finish. 12.00noon - come early for a special screening of How I Became a Refugee. For catering purposes and also to advise if you will be attending the film screening, please RSVP by Monday 15th June to fletcher@chipperfunerals.com.au or call or message
0408 496620.
UNITINGCARE WEST  - Christmas in July - DINNER DANCE
UnitingCare West is excited to announce the launch of its first ever gala dinner dance fundraiser “UCW Christmas in July” to raise funds for its diverse services which support, serve and empower people most in need.  UnitingCare West is thrilled to be hosting this dinner dance on 24 July 2015 at Government House, Perth, where the Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO will be the Patron for the evening.  Read More
STOP THE TRAFFIK - India Insight Experience
India is the world’s epicentre of human trafficking and modern slavery. It will not be ended until it ends in India. You will engage in the dire situation of over 300 million Dalit and Tribal groups who are most susceptible to being trafficked and modern forms of slavery in a visit to Hyderabad. Dates: Saturday 9 - Thursday 21 January 2016, 13 days and nights. If you have questions please email the trip coordinator carolyn.kitto@stopthetraffik.org For more information see: http://www.stopthetraffik.org/au/indiatrip

COMMUNITY & HUMAN RIGHTS


PROBONO AUSTRALIA - Growing Demand for Social Housing - Report
A new report by Australia’s national agency for health and welfare information has revealed a growing demand for housing assistance and long waiting lists for social housing. The Housing Assistance Australia 2015 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found the number of households in social housing - which covers public, community and Indigenous housing  - was up 4 per cent from 2007-08. Read More
 
UNIONS WA – Americanised working poor not the WA way
UnionsWA has today commented on hearings by the WA Industrial Relations Commission in the State Wage Case, which will determine wages for around one hundred thousand working West Australians on the WA Minimum Wage and reliant awards as well as the decision in the Federal Minimum Wage Case that awarded a 2.5% increase. Read More
 
EUREKA STREET - Australia lags as Shorten leads on same sex marriage
Whatever one’s position of same sex marriage certain things are now clear in terms of Australian party politics and Australia’s place in the world. Although the time span is still relatively short Australia now lags well behind the Western world, including many comparable countries, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and many American states. Read More
 
ABC RURAL - Is rural Australia holding up same sex marriage?
When gay marriage in Ireland was put to popular vote recently, only one of the country's 43 voting areas opposed the reform. Although rural districts had a higher percentage of no votes compared to their city counterparts, a majority of the Irish rural voters still wanted reform. So is it fair to assume regional voters in Australia and the politicians who represent them are the biggest opponents of same sex marriage here? Read More
 
THE LOCAL - Greenland approves same-sex marriage
Greenland became the 21st country in the world to legalize gay marriage thanks to a unanimous vote in parliament on Wednesday. The autonomous Arctic country of Greenland followed the lead of its former colonial master Denmark by legalizing same-sex marriage. Read More
 
ABC RADIO NATIONAL — Crime and Punishment:  Are prisons immoral and can we do without them?
Despite the attempts of the reformers to recover the rehabilitative, penitential function of prisons, the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw the prison systems in the United States and the UK give themselves over to the merely punitive and come to serve the interests of colonisation, enslavement and exploitation.  Read More

INTERNATIONAL


THE GUARDIAN — South-east Asia migrant crisis:  Numbers are now ‘alarming’, talks told
The surge of migrants in south-east Asia has reached an “alarming level”, said Thailand’s foreign affairs minister on Friday. He has called for regional governments to address the root causes of the crisis – a reference to the swelling number of refugees who have fled persecution in Burma. Speaking at the opening of a regional meeting in Bangkok aimed at tackling the issue, Thanasak Patimaprakorn said, “No country can solve this problem alone.” Read More
 
AL JAZEERA — UN and Mynamar spar over Rohingya at migrant talks
The UN refugee agency and Myanmar have sparred over the plight of the Rohingya ethnic minority at a meeting aimed at tackling the Southeast Asian migrant crisis in Bangkok. Representatives from 17 nations are meeting in the Thai capital on Friday for talks on the crisis, which has seen thousands of desperate people flee on boats across the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea aiming for Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Read More
 
THE CONVERSATION - Papuans and Jokowi are hostage to Indonesian politics
Indonesian President Joko Widodo recently announced the end of the decades-long restriction on foreign journalists in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, Indonesia’s territories in the island of New Guinea. While the president, popularly called Jokowi, says he is committed to human rights in the Papua provinces, the military and police continue to murder Papuans with virtual impunity. Read More
 
MAPTIA – Resource Extraction in West Papua
There are over 250 distinct indigenous communities who live amongst spectacular rainforests, mountains and coral ecosystems. But all is not well on the world’s second largest island — which now serves as a backdrop to one of the most severely underreported conflicts in recent history. Read More
 
THE GUARDIAN - Fighting in Yemen blocks delivery of thousands of tonnes of food aid
Thousands of tonnes of food aid for Yemen have been diverted from the port of Aden because of heavy fighting there, UN officials said on Monday. “It's a humanitarian crisis. The city has been cut off from supplies for a long time”. Read More
The Uniting Church Synod of Western Australia acknowledges the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation, on whose land our Synod office stands. We acknowledge their elders past and present, and their people.

At its 7th Assembly the Uniting Church formally entered into a relationship of Covenant with its Indigenous members, recognising and repenting for the Church’s complicity in the injustices perpetrated on Australia’s Indigenous community, and pledging to move forward with a shared future. Congress’ generous response to this statement, among other messages, called upon the broader Church to take up the mission of reconciliation.

The ongoing and continually renewing nature of the Covenant calls the Uniting Church to continually act to remove the systems and structures of discrimination and oppression in Australia.The Uniting Church works for just, inclusive and equal relationships, recognising the place of First Peoples in Australia.
 
                         
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