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The Social Justice Unit of the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Western Australia, advocating for justice across a range of areas, committed to making tangible change.

SORRY DAY - Sunday 26 May - 10.30am to 2.00pmWelllington Square, Moort-ak-Waandiny, East Perth Bringing Them Home WA and...
24/05/2024

SORRY DAY - Sunday 26 May - 10.30am to 2.00pm
Welllington Square, Moort-ak-Waandiny, East Perth

Bringing Them Home WA and Yokai Healing our Spirit invite you to commemorate the 27th Anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home Report in Federal Parliament in 1997.

This years event includes the screening of the feature film 'Genocide in the Wildflower State'.

Gidday everyone,
This is the latest version of our Flyer for Sorry Day this Sunday 26th May 2024. It now includes a QR Code link to the website for the documentary. Please circulate through your networks and encourage people to attend the event!

An update from Social. Justice. Church
16/05/2024

An update from Social. Justice. Church

Hey there. Just letting you know we are taking a short break.
There will be no Social.Justice.Church service this Sunday, 19 May or on Sunday 16 June.

We look forward to joining together in community for our July service so please keep an eye on our socials for details closer to the time.

This Sunday! Register or make a donation on Trybooking - https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1183809?
15/05/2024

This Sunday! Register or make a donation on Trybooking - https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1183809?

Next Sunday you're invited to join the Trek for Timor, on 19 May 2024 to raise money for our international partnership project, Lafaek Diakโ€™s mobile health clinic in Timor Leste. You can walk, fundraise or simply donate to this great cause!
Sunday 19 May 2024 starting at Mount Pleasant Uniting Church, from 1.00pm.
Register on Trybooking here - https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1183809

Not sure what's involved in a Trek for Timor? Read all about the 2023 event on our website here - https://unitingchurchwa.org.au/news/walk-to-save-a-life/

One month to go until Trek for Timor 2024 - Sunday 19 May!The International Partnerships and Development Commission (IPD...
19/04/2024

One month to go until Trek for Timor 2024 - Sunday 19 May!
The International Partnerships and Development Commission (IPDC) invite you to join them for a walk around the river to raise money for Lafaek Diak's mobile health clinic in Timor Leste.
Starting at Mount Pleasant Uniting Church, this family friendly and accessible walk will take you around the Mt Henry and Canning Bridges, meeting back at the church for afternoon refreshments.
You can register to walk and fundraise, or simply support this great cause with a donation via the event site. Find out more here - https://unitingchurchwa.org.au/event/trek-for-timor-2024/

Geoff Bice is speaking at the next Social. Justice. Church this Sunday, 21 April at Wesley UCIC starting at 5pm.Would Je...
17/04/2024

Geoff Bice is speaking at the next Social. Justice. Church this Sunday, 21 April at Wesley UCIC starting at 5pm.
Would Jesus want to save WA's Scott Reef?
Everybody welcome.

Join us from 5pm this Sunday 21 April for our next Social.Justice.Service where our speaker Geoff Bice will reflect on ๐‘Š๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐ฝ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘Š๐ด'๐‘  ๐‘†๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘ก ๐‘…๐‘’๐‘’๐‘“?

๐ธ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆbody Welcome!

5pm Sunday 21 April, 2024
Wesley Uniting Church, corner of William & Hay Streets, Perth

Tonight at Social. Justice. Church5pm Wesley Uniting Church, Perth.
17/03/2024

Tonight at Social. Justice. Church
5pm Wesley Uniting Church, Perth.

Join us this Sunday from 5pm at our ๐‘†๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐บ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘“ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐ด๐‘›๐‘”๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐บ๐‘Ž๐‘ง๐‘Ž for a special opportunity to hear from our guest speaker Deacon Jason Damouni, a Palestinian Christian from the Melkite Catholic Church in Mt Lawley.

5pm Sunday 17 March
Wesley Uniting Church
corner of William and Hay Street, Perth
๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บbody welcome

International Women's Day 2024 Today, 8 March is International Women's Day and the UN Women theme for 2024 is 'Count her...
08/03/2024

International Women's Day 2024
Today, 8 March is International Women's Day and the UN Women theme for 2024 is 'Count her in. Invest in women. Accelerate progress.'

In introducing the theme UN Women Australia says "Womenโ€™s economic empowerment is central to a gender equal world. When women are given equal opportunities to earn, learn and lead โ€“ entire communities thrive."
Find out more about the IWD24 theme here - https://unwomen.org.au/get-involved/international-womens-day/

In a special International Women's Day edition of 'Humans of the Uniting Church' the Uniting Church in Australia features three Uniting Church women across three generations, including the Chairperson of the Presbytery of WA, Alison Xamon. You can read these stories on the UCA Assembly website here - https://uniting.church/humans-of-the-uniting-church-iwd/

We give thanks and celebrate the women in the Uniting Church and around the world.

13/02/2024

Thank you to Uniting WA for reminding us of this important moment in our recent history, today being the 16th anniversary of the national apology to Stolen Generations.

Lent Event 2024 - 40 days of faithful action for God's creation.https://donate.unitingworld.org.au/event/lent-event-2024...
07/02/2024

Lent Event 2024 - 40 days of faithful action for God's creation.

https://donate.unitingworld.org.au/event/lent-event-2024/


โ€œ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐š ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ. ๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐†๐จ๐โ€™๐ฌ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.โ€
-Maria Komboy, Evangelical Christian Church in Tanah Papua (GKI-TP)

Maria is a young theologian in West Papua who is passionate about applying indigenous wisdom and contextual theology to help inspire action on global challenges. Sheโ€™s energised by the ecumenical movement and contributes to advocacy campaigns for climate action, peace and self-determination, most recently as part of Micah Australiaโ€™s Pacific Australian Emerging Leaders Network.

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What's the world you want to see?

This Lent, weโ€™re taking 40 days of faithful action for God's creation.

Join us! www.lentevent.com.au

Come along to Social. Justice. Church this Sunday at 5pm for a special opportunity to hear from respected Whadjuk Nyunga...
19/01/2024

Come along to Social. Justice. Church this Sunday at 5pm for a special opportunity to hear from respected Whadjuk Nyungar man, Rev Mitchell Garlett at their ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ service in the lead up to 26 January.

Join us this Sunday at 5pm for a special opportunity to hear from respected Whadjuk Nyungar man, Rev Mitchell Garlett at our ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ service in the lead up to 26 January.

5pm Sunday 21 January
Wesley Uniting Church
corner of William and Hay Street, Perth

๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บbody welcome

Rev Mitchell Garlett has been featured in the City of Cockburn 'Quintessentially Cockburn' series this month.  Thanks to...
17/01/2024

Rev Mitchell Garlett has been featured in the City of Cockburn 'Quintessentially Cockburn' series this month.
Thanks to the City of Cockburn for sharing this great story with us!
Article and photograph by Michele Nugent, City of Cockburn Media and Communications Officer.

The Garlett family has been making firm cross-cultural connections in Coolbellup since 1986 and those links are set to continue their well-worn path into Cockburnโ€™s future. Article and photograph by Michele Nugent, City of Cockburn Media and Communications Officer.

Praying for peace in the holy land - https://uniting.church/prayer-vigil-for-peace-in-the-holy-land/
08/12/2023

Praying for peace in the holy land - https://uniting.church/prayer-vigil-for-peace-in-the-holy-land/

Away in a Manger - Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Holy Land ๐Ÿ™โœจ
Recognising that the Holy Lands are gripped by trauma this Advent, the Uniting Church Assembly's Working for Justice Circle is hosting an online prayer vigil on Wednesday 13 December, 4.30pm to 5.00pm (7.30-8.00pm AEDT)

Find out more and register for the Zoom webinar on the Uniting Church in Australia website - https://uniting.church/prayer-vigil-for-peace-in-the-holy-land/

WORLD AIDS DAY 2023 - 1 DECEMBERLet Communities Lead is the UN Theme for World AIDS Day this year.  Here's a snapshot of...
01/12/2023

WORLD AIDS DAY 2023 - 1 DECEMBER
Let Communities Lead is the UN Theme for World AIDS Day this year. Here's a snapshot of the latest global data:
โ–ช๏ธ 39 million people were living with HIV in 2022
โ–ช๏ธ 1.3 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2022
โ–ช๏ธ 630 thousand people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2022

UN Secretary General says:
"World AIDS Day arrives at a defining moment. AIDS-related deaths have fallen by almost 70 per cent since their peak in 2004, and new HIV infections are at the lowest point since the 1980s.

But AIDS still takes a life every minute.

We can โ€” and must โ€” end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Reaching this goal means heeding this yearโ€™s theme: Let Communities Lead.
The path to ending AIDS runs through communities. From connecting people to the treatment, services and support they need โ€” to the grassroots activism pushing for action so all people can realize their right to health."
https://unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2023/november/2023-wad-unsg-message

Find out more about World AIDS Day here - https://unaids.org/en

Our Social. Justice. Church friends have their Pride service on Sunday, 19 November, at Uniting Church in the City, Wesl...
18/11/2023

Our Social. Justice. Church friends have their Pride service on Sunday, 19 November, at Uniting Church in the City, Wesley Perth. Everybody welcome!

We invite you to join us this Sunday 19 November from 5pm for our November service ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ with Rev Reuben Edmonds.

We meet at Wesley Uniting Church on the corner of Hay & Williams Streets, Perth.

๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บbody welcome.

Will you Trek for Timor on Sunday 5 November?This year the walk begins at Mount Pleasant Uniting Church, and takes you a...
26/10/2023

Will you Trek for Timor on Sunday 5 November?
This year the walk begins at Mount Pleasant Uniting Church, and takes you around the Mount Henry and Canning Bridges, taking in views of the Canning River. This family-friendly walk will be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and an opportunity to raise funds for the Mobile Health Clinic in East Timor. You could walk, scoot or ride!

Treks are our regular way of raising funds to support the mobile health clinic in East Timor run by our Uniting Church partners Fundaรงoun Lafaek Diak (FLD โ€“ the Good Crocodile Foundation). The mobile clinic goes out to a remote community twice a week from its base in Triloca (out of Baucau). The roads are rough tracks in many places and so very hard on the vehicle. Our efforts support the driverโ€™s salary and maintenance on the vehicle.
Find out more here - https://unitingchurchwa.org.au/event/trek-4-timor-perth/

Pastoral Message and Prayer from Uniting Church WA Moderator, Rev Dr Ian Tozer following the Referendum on the Voice.The...
17/10/2023

Pastoral Message and Prayer from Uniting Church WA Moderator, Rev Dr Ian Tozer following the Referendum on the Voice.
The text of the prayer is below:
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O God of steadfast love and compassion,
You have made us in your image
so that we, too, may be people of love and compassion.

At this time when differences
in our country have been highlighted,
send your Spirit of Wisdom upon us,
so that we may take great care
in our interactions and conversations.

Now that the vote on the Voice is over,
open all hearts so that we may
treat each other with great respect,
whatever our views.

We pray for all of Australiaโ€™s First Peoples
and, in particular, the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress,
remembering our Covenant.

In all of our living, O God,
in all of our loving, O God,
in all of our listening, O God
may we be mindful of your call
for us to be agents of reconciliation
as we witness to your reconciling love for all creation
in Jesus Christ our Lord,
in whose name we pray. Amen.

Pastoral Message and Prayer from Uniting Church WA Moderator, Rev Dr Ian Tozer following the Referendum on the Voice. The text of the prayer is below: ___ O Godโ€ฆ

Well done to the team organising the Trek for Timor South West last weekend!  Thanks to everyone who participated and he...
06/10/2023

Well done to the team organising the Trek for Timor South West last weekend!
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped raise money for our partners in East Timor - Fundacao Lafaek Diak!

If you weren't able to make this event, or are keen to walk again the Perth Trek for Timor is on Sunday 5 November. Details here - https://unitingchurchwa.org.au/event/trek-4-timor-perth/

โ€œFor the church to support this, for me would show a deeper commitment to reconciliation and the relationship they have ...
06/10/2023

โ€œFor the church to support this, for me would show a deeper commitment to reconciliation and the relationship they have with UAICC.โ€ Rev Mitchell Garlett

On 14 October 2023 all Australians will be asked to vote on whether they support a change in the Australian Constitution to recognise an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. At the heart of the Uniting Church is a commitment to walk together with First Nations people in seeking...

SUSTAINABLE SUNDAY for the Season of Creation - 24 September 2023"God gives us the strength and resources to work toward...
23/09/2023

SUSTAINABLE SUNDAY for the Season of Creation - 24 September 2023
"God gives us the strength and resources to work towards a more sustainable and life-giving future. There are good people in our world, motivated in hope, compassion and the courage to make a difference. There is ingenuity and inventiveness creating new options for the future. And most importantly, there is enough food and energy and resources for all, but only if we share what we have and do not give in to our greed or our fears." Rev Gordon Scantlebury, Chairperson, Social Justice Commission, Uniting Church WA.

Read the full reflection as part of the Sustainable Sunday worship resources on the Uniting Church WA website here -https://unitingchurchwa.org.au/social-justice/environment/sustainable-september/

This worship resource 'Hearing from the Heart' is now available to download and use by congregations and faith communiti...
14/09/2023

This worship resource 'Hearing from the Heart' is now available to download and use by congregations and faith communities as we get closer to the Referendum on a First Nations Voice.
Thanks to Daniel Vujcich, member of the Social Justice Commission for putting this resource together, and to the Covenanting Commission for commending it to the Synod meeting on the weekend.
Find it on the First People's page on the UCWA website - https://unitingchurchwa.org.au/social-justice/first-peoples/

HEARING FROM THE HEART โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ–ค
A service in the lead-up to the Referendum to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
In response to the Uniting Churchโ€™s support for the Voice, the Covenanting Commission commended to the 47th Synod resources assembled by Daniel Vujcich, from the Social Justice Commission for congregations and other places of worship to feel free to use in worship services leading up to the Voice referendum.
The resource can be downloaded from the Uniting Church WA website https://unitingchurchwa.org.au/social-justice/first-peoples/
To be sent the resource directly, email Wendy at [email protected]

If you're free on Tuesday evening you might like to check this out at Star Street Uniting Church for the Season of Creat...
08/09/2023

If you're free on Tuesday evening you might like to check this out at Star Street Uniting Church for the Season of Creation.

Join us this Tuesday for Caring for Creation: Finding a Theological Perspective.

The evening will be presented by Rev Dr Cathie Lambert speaking about how we can approach our faith and also care for the earth.

This Tuesday, 12th September at Star Street Uniting Church from 6.30pm.

The Referendum date has been announced! 14 October 2023 โœ”๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฃ
30/08/2023

The Referendum date has been announced! 14 October 2023 โœ”๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฃ

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