School Strike 4 Climate NZ - 27 September 2019

School Strike 4 Climate NZ - 27 September 2019

Wellington City Council declared a climate and ecological emergency on June 20.

Some things are worth breaking rules for, so students are taking to the streets again on 27 September, demanding action on climate change, and this time they're inviting adults to join them. The strike will mark the end of a week of global climate-focused events and challenges running from September 20. Students want adults to show their support by walking out of work to join them.

‘Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination’ workshops are up and running!

‘Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination’ workshops are up and running!

Discrimination against Aotearoa New Zealand’s Religious Diversity is something Christians can learn to understand, cope with, and combat through training. The ‘Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination’ Centre is here to do just that! The innovative and highly interactive workshops are being very well received. Participants are very enthusiastic! 

“It was informative and well-paced. A respectful and safe place to express opinions.”

"I appreciated everyone's openness and willingness to listen, and not being overly focused on an individual religion.”

Bank rolling Climate Change

Bank rolling Climate Change

Banks operating in Aotearoa are minimising their role in the climate crisis. They hold significant power in supporting the fossil fuel industry’s continued development, by financing their operations. As the custodians of our savings, the banks have a duty to take real action on climate change and cut their ties with this industry. 350.org is organising a petition, as well as practical demonstrations around the country, to let ALL of the banks know that we want a Fossil Free banking option, and that we will support whoever makes the commitment first.

Have you recognised Refugee Sunday?

Have you recognised Refugee Sunday?

Refugee Sunday is designated as 7 July in the Anglican Tradition, and World Refugee day is 20 June.

This year we highlight the plight of refugees from Syria, some of whom were already Palestinian refugees.

CWS has put together a bundle of resources for your service, including a bulletin insert, powerpoint, and 4 page planning sheet that includes prayers, actions, bible verses, and news.

Disability Awareness Sunday

Disability Awareness Sunday

Disability Awareness Sunday gives us the opportunity to reflect on disability and our faith.  At General Synod – Te Hīnota Whānui in 2018, the three-Tikanga social justice network disability group moved that this Church work to increase our awareness of disability issues within and beyond our churches. There are lots of resources to help you plan a Sunday service, here is just a sample.

Take climate action at your next service

Take climate action at your next service

For two years, our movement has supported the campaign for a Zero Carbon Act (a law to keep New Zealand on track in reducing our carbon emissions and adapting to climate change). This bill has just passed its first reading and the Government is now inviting the public to have their say. The Diocese of Wellington has created some fantastic resources to use in your Sunday services, and equip people to understand and submit to the Zero Carbon Bill.

Rangatahi on suicide prevention

Rangatahi on suicide prevention

Every year approximately over 500 people, many of them Māori, take their own lives by suicide, affecting the lives of many others. Te Puni Kōkiri, with a group of Rangatahi Maori using their personal experiences, have developed online resources around four themes to support suicide prevention initiatives.

Have you submitted to the Climate Change (zero carbon) Amendment Bill?

Have you submitted to the Climate Change (zero carbon) Amendment Bill?

We consider the anticipated legislation to be very important for Aotearoa New Zealand, and the ecumenical churches Climate Justice Network is giving close consideration to the bill. They are encouraging people and parishes to learn about what is proposed, and then either support groups making a submission or make a submission yourself. To get started, they have provided a very useful infographic that summarises the bill.

Social Services Sunday is coming (4th July)

Social Services Sunday is coming (4th July)

Take a fresh look at Social Services Sunday this year by inviting to church a range of people from your local community who serve others through different organisations that support that infrastructure of care within our communities.

Take the opportunity to say thanks to the people in your local community and recognise the efforts of those beyond.

God's Justice: study materials on just relationships

God's Justice: study materials on just relationships

Just relationships between women and men, girls and boys are fundamental to human flourishing – the abundant life that God wills for all God’s children. However, in our churches and communities around the world we are falling short of this Gospel imperative.

The training, formation and equipping of church leaders and ministers in this area is essential as they prepare to show and tell the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Sacrament and Word and in the lives they live.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Every year Christians across the world gather in prayer for growth in unity. We do this in a world where corruption, greed and injustice bring about inequality and division. Our is a united prayer in a fracture world: this is powerful. This years Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from Ascension to Pentecost (May 30th -June 9th). There are numerous ways to participate, view the resource booklet for ideas.

What is your diets impact on the planet?

What is your diets impact on the planet?

Food production is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming, according to a University of Oxford study. Knowing how and where your food is produced can make a big difference to your personal environmental footprint, from saving water to reducing pollution and the loss of forests. The BBC have turned the study into a calculator, so you can calculate your diet carbon footprint.