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.
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.
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.
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.
This compilation of employment stories are representative of examples of a departure from a purely profit motivated and driven business. They have all made a conscious effort made to be inclusive, and to focus on social good within the community, as well as running a successful business. As you read and explore, we hope you are inspired to support, participate, or even start something in your community.
The Anglican fifth mark of mission is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. This visual guide to biodiversity has been adapted by the Anglican Alliance, and explores: what is biodiversity?; our dependence on biodiversity; theology of biodiversity in our faith heritage; what needs to be done, what is being done and causes for hope; and prayers.
In 2018 Anglican churches have the opportunity to mark Refugee Sunday Sunday 1 July. CWS has produced a pack of worship resources, which include an introduction with background on the theme, intercessory prayers and themed reflections on lectionary readings, plus links to more information and videos online.
In order to assist your understanding of the Bill - and its potential effects - we attach the work of the Inter Church Bioethics Council (ICBC) which is endorsed by the Anglican Church. We trust this will help you formulate an opinion and equip you to make a submission before midnight on Tuesday, 20 February, 2018.