New Act Justly – August-September 2019

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our August-September 2019 edition of Act Justly!

We begin this issue of Act Justly by letting you know how one of our social justice groups organised a celebration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday in their parish.

We update you on what a recently released report Lives on Hold say about the lives of asylum seekers in the Australian community  and about the calls from Church leaders to abolish offshore detention for those seeking asylum in Australia. We also have some ideas for you from our Coordination team on what you or your social justice group can do for Migrant and Refugee Sunday (25th August).

We let you know about some recent changes in the make up of the different social justice agencies in the church and give you a brief introduction to the next year’s Social Justice Statement “Making it Real: Genuine Encounter in our Digital World”.

We have a summary of the Parish Against Trafficking in Humans (PATH) celebration of the Modern Slavery Act with Professor Jennifer Burn (Interim NSW Anti-Slavery Commissioner). A brief summary of the Archdiocese of Sydney’s commemoration of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30th July) follows. It included a book launch of Mr Vannak Anan Prum, graphic memoir of survival of modern slavery.  The commemoration also included  a conference for executives from Catholic Agencies on ethical procurement.

We also share with you Pope Francis exhortation to move quickly on a just energy transition as well as a practical step by the Vatican to care for creation by ending the sale of single use plastics.

We are still on the lookout for a new Research and Project Officer so if you know anyone who might be right for the role, please encourage them to apply.

As always we let you know what groups around the Archdiocese have been up to and we give you a preview of some events you may be interested in attending in the next two months. The most important of which is our annual Tri-Diocesan Social Justice Gathering on Thursday 29th August 2019. If you are planning to come, please RSVP immediately.

If there are events that you are running, please let us know so that we can inform others who may be interested.

—Blessings, JPO Team