Strandz, the hub of Children + Families ministry in the Anglican Dioceses of New Zealand, is encouraging us to sign up for the Plastic Free July challenge this month, and think about how our care for creation is reflected in the items we purchase and throwaway. We'd love to see our churches and children participate.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.