In this 21 min presentation (originally meant for Diocesan Synods), Charles Waldegrave unpacks the findings of WEAG (Welfare Expert Advisory Group), set up by the government, highlighting the crises around income, housing, asset stripping, leading to the dignity of not only the system but people also.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This summary is a snapshot of the findings in the report Property Management in New Zealand: The need for regulation. The findings, including more than 65 first-hand experiences from landlords and tenants, are consistent with those of other groups calling for regulation – including many property managers themselves.
More Than Welcome is a new resource to guide your church in how to deepen relationships with disabled people and build a church where everyone belongs. It was launched by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at a major event on the 13th July at Lambeth Palace, to explore how people with disabilities can participate fully in the life of the church
This is a submission from Church Leaders of Anglican, Methodist and Catholic Churches. The Zero Carbon Bill will put a 2050 target in place to reduce emissions. It will set up the foundations and the institutions we need to get there. The Zero Carbon Bill also establishes an independent climate change commission and will support New Zealand to adapt to climate change.