Social Justice Trends_July 2020

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In the July edition we prepare to celebrate Social Justice Sunday and the Ten Days for Peace.


Social Justice Statement Highlights Mental Health
John Ferguson, Director of the Office for Social Justice, introduces this year’s Social Justice Statement. To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today encourages faith communities, governments and each one of us, to make mental health a priority. It is a timely message in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has also affected our ways of distributing the Statement and associated materials this year.Read more


Social Justice Sunday – 30 August
Social Justice Sunday has moved to the last Sunday in August! In the Social Justice Statement 2020-21, the Bishops invite us all to reject the stigmatisation of mental ill-health, to work for the transformation of social determinants of mental ill-health, and to call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalized members of our community. You will soon be able to access the Statement and associated resources via our website.Read more


Reconciliation in Action
Does your diocese or parish have a Reconciliation Action Plan? In this video Cynthia Rowan and Archbishop Mark Coleridge talk about Indigenous deaths in custody, the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and the development of parish Reconciliation Action Plans in the Brisbane archdiocese.  Cynthia is a Birra Gubba woman, an accomplished educator, and a former member of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.Read more


Black Lives Matter to Catholic Ethicists
Members of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church have complied a list of theological ethics resources for combatting white supremacy and racism. Highlighting the work of theologians of colour, it is the response of the network to the “global impact of recent police killings of unarmed black men and women in the United States” and “international protests over racial injustice and police brutality”.Read more


Japanese Bishops’ Peace Message 
In a pastoral letter addressed not only to the people of Japan, but all people of goodwill, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the end of the Second World War, and the founding of the United Nations. They note that the world is “in an uncertain situation” facing “a new Cold War”, instability in East Asia, “the nuclear threat, and the global environmental crisis”.Read more


Ten Days for Peace Prayer for Nuclear Disarmament
The Social Justice Office invites Australian Catholics to join the Catholic Church in Japan’s 10 Days for Peace by praying for an end to nuclear weapons. This is a simple way to mark the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The 10 Days for Peace run from 6 to 15 August. Prayer cards for the event will soon be available via the ACBC Online Shop.Read more


Anniversary of the Handover of Title to Daguragu to the Gurindji – 16 August
Paul Kelly’s song From Little Things Big Things Grow tells the story of the Wave Hill walk off and the Gurindji’s struggle for title to their land. On this day in 1975 Prime Minister Gough Whitlam poured soil through Vincent Lingiari’s hand at the ceremony marking the transfer of leasehold title for Daguragu (known as Wattie Creek) to the Gurindji people.Read more


Anniversary of the Tampa Stand Off – 26 August
On this day in 2001, 433 asylum seekers were rescued by the MV Tampa off the western coast of Australia. The stand-off that ensued continues to shape refugee and asylum seekers policy in Australia today. Learn more about the Australian Bishops’ response at the time and their stance on these issues today.Read more


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