In the February edition of Social Justice Trends we report on local and international Church climate change action, and provide links to resources. Check out our free discussion guide to accompany Still Listening to the Spirit, material to help you celebrate the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, and more!
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Feast of St Josephine Bakhita Highlights Modern Slavery
Office for Social Justice Director John Ferguson reflects on action against modern slavery and human trafficking. He encourages support for Catholic and community groups that are raising awareness about the issues and advocating for legislative and policy change to prevent slavery and human trafficking, and points to resources for celebrating the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita.
Earthcare Supports Proposed Climate Change Bill
Catholic Earthcare Australia has expressed ‘in principle’ support for a Private Members Bill on a (Climate Change) National Framework for Adaptation and Action. The Bill will set out a clear framework for national plans to be put in place and updated by the Australian Government, and for progress to be rigorously monitored and reported.
International Concern about Bushfire Crisis
Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, explains in an interview with German Catholic media that “this is a time to repair damage done to people, places, creatures, our communities and the earth”. He says that “urgent action to address climate justice” is needed to “prevent such calamities in the future.”
Discussion Guide for Still Listening to the Spirit
The Office for Social Justice has prepared a discussion guide for the anthology Still Listening to the Spirit. It can be used for personal reflection, or in a parish, school or community group context. The discussion starters for each of the 17 essays can assist in the communal discernment of ideas for action and feedback to the Discernment and Writing Groups for the Plenary Council. Download the Discussion Guide here.
Cardinal Turkson’s Press Statement at the World Economic Forum
Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, has called for a “universal and intergenerational solidarity” in response to the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”. Speaking at a press conference of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he recalled the wisdom of religious traditions that see the world as a cosmos.
11 Feb – Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is a good day to revisit the Social Justice Statement 2019-20 on genuine human encounter in our digital world. The Day aims to create both a safer and a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. The Australian Office of the e-Safety Commissioner provides activities and resources to engage and raise awareness among its stakeholders, schools and the community.
26 Feb – Ash Wednesday, Project Compassion
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. The theme for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion campaign this year is “Go further together”. A wide range of resources to help you to support Project Compassion are available.
26 – 28 Feb National Catholic Social Services Conference
The National Conference of Catholic Social Services Australia will focus on the theme of “Serving Communities”. Speakers will include Francis Sullivan delivering the opening keynote, “Margin Call – The Risk of Integrity”, Debra Zanella and Dr Ursula Stephens.
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BISHOPS COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – MISSION AND SERVICE
Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv (Chair), Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Bishop Terence Brady, Bishop Max Davies, Bishop Bosco Puthur, Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop Donald Sproxton, Bishop William Wright.
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