Quote of the Week:
"That's the children who come before the Children's Court: children who need love, children who need support, children who do things without knowing they are doing them",
Judge Denis Reynolds, former President of the WA Children's Court.
Hi <<First Name>>,
On Monday we were part of a collaborative Perth launch of Refugee Week at Wesley Uniting Church in the City. You can read all about the event here. Special shout out to the CARAD Fare Go food truck for serving delicious food throughout the event - it certainly helped keep us warm on such a chilly day. Rev Hollis Wilson who was the MC for the event summed it up so well by saying 'It was an inspiring afternoon. Through word and music, we were been lifted up, challenged and ready to go forward – with hope - into Refugee Week.' Thanks to everyone who helped make it a great event.
We also attended the launch of the Raise the Age WA campaign last week hosted by Social Reinvestment WA, If you haven't seen it already, there's a great article in Revive about this issue, We encourage you to find out more and then take action by emailing your local MP to call on the WA Government to raise the age to at least 14 years old and reform the youth justice system.
Finally, if you're passionate about our forests, the Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson MLA, Minister for Environment; Climate Action, is seeking the views of Western Australians on the value and use of our south-west native forests now and into the future. This is an opportunity to share your views leading up to the development of the next Forest Management Plan. Take the survey here.
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.