Welcome to our June-July 2019 edition of Act Justly!
For those of you who are not already aware, we begin this issue by saying farewell to Dr Kim Doyle from our office, who has taken up a new job.
In the wake of the devastating terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday where more than 250 Christians were massacred we draw your attention to an issue that is not frequently recognised: that of the growing violent persecution of Christians all around the world. We also share with you Archbishop Fisher’s reflections on the Easter Sunday Bombings.
We give you a detailed summary of our latest social justice day which drew around 60 parishioners from all over the Archdiocese. One of the topics discussed during the social justice day was that of developing and Archdiocesan wide social justice coordination team. If you missed out hearing about this on the day but are interested in being a part of it, please get in touch with us.
We also give you an summary of the Act to End Rough Sleeping Sector Leaders Symposium 2019 and the collaboration which aims to end rough sleeping in Sydney and New South Wales (no mean task!) by 2030 and the exciting news on that front.
We give you an update on the Church’s renewed call to increase the minimum wage to a living wage and how the latest decision from the Fair Work Commission does not go far enough.
We also draw your attention to an excellent document by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference entitled Politics in Service of Peace which contains many helpful considerations to take into account for Catholics who engage in politics.
As always we also have take a look at what the various social justice groups have been doing around the diocese and give you a heads up about some events over the next couple of months that you might be interested in attending.
As always, please get in touch with us if we can assist you in any way and do let us know about what you’re up to in your social justice work. Also, be sure to take a look at our website regularly as we are always putting up new info, events and resources on an ever-growing range of topics—if you can’t find what you’re looking for get in touch. Find us at all the usual social places and at www.justiceandpeace.org.au
—Blessings, JPO Team