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.
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.
For those of you with an interest in housing, housing solutions, housing as a cause and symptom of poverty and how we can all work together more effectively to be a part of the solution, we would like to commend to you two upcoming conferences.
“the shift Aotearoa” | 15-17th June | Wellington
“Auckland Maori Housing Summit” | 14th May | Auckland
Find out more.
Most New Zealanders and New Zealand organisations don’t tolerate overt racism. But small, seemingly harmless acts slip by. They’re easier to ignore or passively agree with. But every little bit feeds racism, and we’re taking a stand against it. Head to the givenothing website to download their toolkit, and apply the campaign in a way that suits you best.
People who have offended are usually survivors themselves but we don’t often hear their stories.
Anglican Advocacy, in the Diocese of Christchurch, have collaborated with the Howard League Canterbury to gather stories from people who have been in prison, through the courts, through Probation, or have any other connection with the criminal justice system in New Zealand.
Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across advanced economies have no idea that the world is becoming a much better place, but they actually even think the opposite. This is no wonder, when the news focuses on reporting catastrophes, terrorist attacks, wars and famines. It is important to put all the bad news in perspective.
Why? Because when we worry, or think a problem is too big to solve, we spend energy on the wrong things, and take away from the opportunity to share more joy, and justice.
The United Nations has created and made available for free a series of short courses on climate change topics. A selection is below.
As the church looks to both prepare and respond to climate change, these courses make an excellent supplement to small group discussion, or your personal knowledge bank.