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Bank rolling Climate Change

Bank rolling Climate Change

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.

Have you recognised Refugee Sunday?

Have you recognised Refugee Sunday?

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

Disability Awareness Sunday

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.

Take climate action at your next service

Take climate action at your next service

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.

Rangatahi on suicide prevention

Rangatahi on suicide prevention

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.

Have you submitted to the Climate Change (zero carbon) Amendment Bill?

Have you submitted to the Climate Change (zero carbon) Amendment Bill?

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.

Social Services Sunday is coming (4th July)

Social Services Sunday is coming (4th July)

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.

God's Justice: study materials on just relationships

God's Justice: study materials on just relationships

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.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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.

What is your diets impact on the planet?

What is your diets impact on the planet?

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.

Humans of our Prisons

Humans of our Prisons

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.

Do you think the world is getting better? .... or worse?

Do you think the world is getting better? .... or worse?

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.