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       BALLARAT DIOCESAN

             SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION

Membership

Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Jim Ryan (Parishioner), Jo Rix (Catholic Earthcare), Rachel Smith (Executive Member for CEO Ballarat), Noel Gregory (Parishioner), Sue Searls (Catholic Mission and Caritas, and parishioner),  Sr. Helen Nolen (Sisters of Mercy), Tony Fitzgerald (CEO Centacare and parishioner), Anthea Hinchey (Secondary Education and parishioner), Stacey Atkins (Primary Education and parishioner), Mary Rita Thomas (St Vincent de Paul and parishioner), Fiona Tonkin (minutes) and Felicity Liston.

Contact:

Executive Member: 
Rachel Smith

Phone: 03 5337 7135
Email: 
Social Justice Executive Member


Below is an explanation of the role of this commission.


The role of the BDSJC is to advise the Bishop of the Commissions address of social justice issues and spread the Gospel message to the local Church and wider community.  The commission collaborates to promote joint action with the Church and other groups in favor of justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
BDSJC works to develop a Christian contribution to public debates on social issues especially in areas of local or regional impact.  The commission promotes spirituality through liturgy, structures and agencies, giving prominence to right relationships, respect for life and creation, and the promotion of liberation from every form of oppression.

 

Report from the Ballarat Diocese Social Justice Commission meetings can be read below:

May 2017

February 2017 

September 2017

November 2017

February 2018

June 2018

September 2018

October 2018

February 2019

April 2019

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BDSJC NOTICEBOARD

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN SOCIAL JUSTICE IN BALLARAT?

There are so many ways you can get involved in Social Justice in Ballarat.  Many groups and organisations want you to be involved and are ready to take your call.  Download our flyer below and check out the organisations you can contact. DOWNLOAD our contacts HERE 

ARRCC

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is a multi faith network committed to action on climate change.  Click HERE for ARRCC

 

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES VICTORIA

The mission of Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV) is to assist the Catholic Church in Victoria to fulfil the gospel imperatives to stand with and serve the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised; and work for a just, equitable and compassionate society.  Here is the link to their website.
 

DIOCESAN ENEWS

Click here for this week's enews bulletins

Supporting Enews files:

Pastoral Letter

Diocesan Vision Consultation

Heart Wisdom for Teachers

Leadership and Spirituality Breakfast

Vision Consultation Document

 

ACSJC SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT 2018-2019

Representatives from BDSJC attended the Social Justice Conference at Mary MacKillop Place in Sydney last month.  The ACSJC 2018-2019 Social Justice Statement was unpacked and social justice workers from across the country networked and shared information on current initiatives.  Several speakers presented at the conference and shared valuable information.  The networking and learning occured within the context of the Scripture passage used for this year's statement, the parable of The Good Samaritan.  Copies of the ACSJC statement can be ordered from here.

 

PLENARY COUNCIL 

This website contains a range of information and resources for information and prayer.  Click here to read more.

 

VICTORIA-TASMANIA CATHOLIC 

ANTISLAVERY TASK FORCE

BDSJC have joined forces with Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Sandhurst, Sale and Hobart, ACRATH, Office of Justice and Peace - Melbourne and ACU to stand against human trafficking and slavery.  The group have convened twice in recent times to discuss issues such as fair trade logos and ethical consumerism.  Members are undertaking important action against human slavery and trafficking here in Australia and further abroad.  More information will be available in the coming months.

 

REFUGEE WEEK

June 16-22 is World Refugee Week.  There are so many ways you can get involved in this important initiative.  Look here find out more.

 

MERCY CONNECT PROJECT

Mercy Works recruits volunteers to support students from a refugee/asylum seeker background in Ballarat schools through their Mercy Connect Project.  The project aims to provide mentoring for young people to optimize their literacy development, academic and social learning.  

Mercy Connect volunteers work with students during school hours and the volunteer commitment is for approximately three hours per week.  Experience working in an educational setting is preferred, but volunteers receive on-going training and support.   Obtaining a current Working with Children Check is part of the Application Process. 

For more information contact Donna Stewart, ph. 0417 624 330 or email: mercyconnectb@gmail.com 

ETHICAL PURCHASING OF TEA AND COFFEE

Catholic Education Diocese of Ballarat is learning and working towards slavery proofing our staff rooms.  We intend to begin with ourselves and then work on slavery proofing our schools and all of our organisations.  You can find out more HERE 

 

WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

30th of July is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.  Modern slavery exists today, in Australia, in many forms.  ACRATH, despite massive Government funding cuts, have continued to fight against trafficking in humans and developed a wealth of campaigns, initiatives and programs to raise awareness and to tackle this problem in Australia.  Visit ACRATH to learn how you can get involved in this important action.  Click here.

 

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SUNDAY 2019

This year on 7th July the Catholic Church will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday.  Not only is this important date about acknowedging our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters - it is also about showing our appreciation of our unity as one family, in God's love.  If you would like to know more you can access information from The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council website here.

 

TEN STEPS TOWARD MAKING A HOME FOR EVERYONE

There is always something we can do.  Click here to find out TEN ways you can help put an end to homelessness.

 

SUPPORTING REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

“For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers”, the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Statement 2015-16 confronted Australia’s current deterrence-based response and reminds us of the nearly 60 million people who are displaced around the world.  

This number has increased.   By the end of 2017, according to a UNHCR report, there were 68.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world.

In February 2017, the Pope addressed the Sixth International Forum on Migration and Peace saying it is a “moral imperative” to protect migrant workers “and among these particularly men and women in irregular situations” as well as those “exiled and seeking asylum” or “victims of trafficking.”  He stated that “defending their inalienable rights, ensuring their fundamental freedoms and respecting their dignity are duties from which no one can be exempted.”

Pope Francis says “What is needed is a change of attitude to overcome the indifference”.

A list of links to Australian organisations that work with refugees and asylum seekers:

Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council- https://www.brmc.org.au 

Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees- https://www.ruralaustraliansforrefugees.org.au/rar-groups/victoria/ballarat

Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA)- info@capsa.org.au

Mercy Connect   (Mercy Works)-

https://www.mercyworks.org.au/mercy-connect

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre- https://www.asrc.org.au

Refugee Council of Australia- https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/

Ballarat Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children (GADRC)

https://www.facebook.com/GrandmothersBallarat/

House of Welcome - Ballarat

Facebook :  House of Welcome, Ballarat

News updates can be accessed at

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/

 

Daniel Webb -Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre

https://www.hrlc.org.au/news/

Julian Burnside – Lawyer, Author, Human Rights and Refugee Advocate

http://www.julianburnside.com.au/

 

ACBC Statement 2015-16

Laudato Si’ 

 

BDSJC Annual Report 2018

Download here

 

 

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we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

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Phone +61 3 5337 7111

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Ballarat, Victoria 3353