Category Archives: Social Justice

‘The first will be last, and the last first’

Sophia encourage us to act for justice, to advocate for change and to stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves. One of the hallmarks of true wisdom is that it often subverts the taken-for-granted, dominant culture norms of … Continue reading

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Girls can change the world – International Day of the Girl Child

You cannot succeed when half of us are held back – Malala Yousafzai Last Sunday Sophia’s Spring observed the International Day of the Girl Child. Since 2012, United Nations has marked 11 October as a day to highlight and address … Continue reading

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Uniting Church joins National Redress Scheme

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan announced yesterday that the Uniting Church will opt in to the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. The National Redress Scheme was … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day – March 8

While International Women’s Day is often seen as a day to celebrate women, and their achievements, it is important not to lose sight of the political edge that this day has always had. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held … Continue reading

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This Sunday

A service to mark the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel When: 10.00am, Sunday 20 September Where: Sophia’s Spring, an ecofeminist community of the Uniting Church in Australia CERES Learning Centre (enter via Lee Street), Brunswick East . Guest … Continue reading

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Request to sign petition re Syrian Refugees

The team from Campaign for Australian Aid  are urgently seeking support for a petition to ask the Prime Minister to be generous in offering Syrian refugees safe haven here, in Australia.  Below is the email they have forwarded to their … Continue reading

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NAIDOC Week – July 6-13

NAIDOC Week is held each year in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and it is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our … Continue reading

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World Refugee Day – June 20

for more information about refugees, World Refugee Day or Refugee Week and for ideas of ways you can help make a difference: http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/ http://www.refugeeweek.org.au/events/vic.php http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/ http://www.asylumseekerprograms.org.au/ http://www.chilout.org/ http://rac-vic.org/ http://www.welcometoaustralia.org.au/ http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/refugees-and-asylum-seekers/information-and-action-resources/item/952-refugee-week-resource-2014 World Refugee Day March The World Refugee Day March in … Continue reading

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Act for Peace Ration Challenge

The Burmese people have lived through decades of conflict. Hundreds of thousands have fled their homeland for neighbouring Thailand and now live in refugee camps along the Thailand–Burma border. Some have been living in the camps for decades. We can … Continue reading

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