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.
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.
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.
The Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger Project is currently a collective of social service agencies focused on eliminating food poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand through finding lasting, structural, mana enhancing solutions. They invite us to join in seeking long term sustainable solutions to end food poverty and to ensure that all New Zealanders are empowered to source sufficient nutritious food in an ongoing way.
In just a few days on November 19th, the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse will be recognised.
The Anglican Church is called to be a strong and consistent advocate for preventing violence against all people but particularly women and children. It is crucial that we are sensitive to the needs of all vulnerable people; promote healthy relationships; and provide a safe and supportive environment for those affected by abuse.