30 May. MQ Reconciliation Workshop and Fundraiser. The Macquarie University Reconciliation Fundraiser aims to raise funds for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships. Many of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students face financial barriers that may impede their studies. Support the event’s auction, market stall and raffle. Cost: Free, RSVP by 27 May. Registration essential. 3.00 to 8.00pm. Venture Café, Building 2, 58 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park. Enquiries: (02) 9850 6794 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

30 May. SCARF Monthly Trivia Night. Get your brain into gear and come on the last Tuesday of each month for SCARF’s fundraiser trivia nights. All proceeds will go to Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families (SCARF), a local not-for-profit organisation that supports newly arrived refugee entrants settling in the Illawarra. Your donations will assist in the continuation of programs such as Homework Help, Learner to Provisional Driver, and Volunteer Family Mentoring. TryBooking proudly supports charities by donating back all booking fees. Cost: $15 to $20, Registration essential. 6.00pm for 6.30pm start until 9.30pm. The Little Prince (outdoor area), Globe Lane, Wollongong (next to Chocolateria San Churro). Enquiries: (02) 4224 8646 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

31 May. Politics in the Pub Sydney: Best Way Out of the Housing Crisis. Speaker: Ms Karen Walsh, CEO Shelter NSW. Cost: Free, donations encouraged. 6.30pm start. Harold Park Hotel, 70A Ross Street, Glebe. Enquiries: Sarat Chandran (02) 9674 9179 or email. Information.

2 June. Church Event: Compassion Sunday at Christ Church Northern Beaches – Manly Vale. Join Christ Church Northern Beaches as they hold Compassion Sunday. Poverty robs children of their basic rights – to an education, healthcare, self-belief and hope for their future. But more powerful than the lies of poverty are the hope of Jesus, the care of their local church and the encouragement of a sponsor. 9.00am to 4.30pm. 3 King St, Manly Vale. Enquiries: Jullie Jin 02 9660 7946 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

4 June. UNAA (NSW): 2019 World Oceans Day Film Screening of Blue. In honour of World Oceans Day, the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) NSW invites you to a free screening of Blue, a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialisation of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. Blue shows us there is a way forward and the time to act is now. Please bring your own filled water bottle, this is an environmentally friendly event. Cost: Free, Registration essential. 6.00 to 8.30pm. International Towers Sydney Exchange Place, Lendlease, Level 14, Tower Three, International Towers Sydney Exchange Place, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo. Enquiries: Jean Santos This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

6 June. Politics in the Pub Sydney: The Political Economy of Inequality. Speaker: Frank Stillwell, Prof Emeritus Sydney University. Cost: Free, donations encouraged. 6.30pm start. Harold Park Hotel, 70A Ross Street, Glebe. Enquiries: Sarat Chandran (02) 9674 9179 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

11 June. Modern Slavery Act Workshop – Sydney. Join Scott Alden, Partner Holding Redlich, & Victoria Gordon, Lawyer & Procurement Specialist, for a full day course on how to navigate your way through the Modern Slavery Act (2018) to a full implementation of a functioning Modern Slavery regulated environment for your organisation. It is important to every organisation, as these changes come into effect, to understand modern slavery including developing internal policies, providing best practice clauses and schedules for tender and contract documents, and understanding Modern Slavery Statement requirements. Cost: $450 + GST per person, Registration essential. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided along with and any materials required for the day. 8.30am to 4.30pm. CBD location. Enquiries: 1300 248 724 or email. Information.

12, 19, 26 June to 3 July. Course: Unmasking Violence – Reimagining the Gospel with René Girard. René Girard has been called ‘the new Darwin of the human sciences’. His insights into the origins of violence are sheer gift to our modern world. This course will be an exploration of some of his thought, with personal and global application. It will investigate aspects of human imitation which show how we are all interdependent. The consequent realities of rivalry, scapegoating, sacrifice and violence will be explored using Girard’s work in various disciplines, including literature. Presented by Susan Connelly rsj, PhD. Cost: $150/person. Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee. 10.00am to 12.00noon (to be held over four Wednesday mornings). Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 9247 4651 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and Registration.

13 June. Sydney Ideas - Economic and Social Justice in a Climate Changed World. This event brings together four internationally renowned scholars to explore climate justice and economic justice within the context of a climate changed world and their broader implications for the wider world. Global debates about human-caused climate change have largely focused on wide-ranging discussions about the impact on our social and economic futures. Cost: Free, Registration essential. 6.00 to 7.30pm. SSB Lecture Theatre 200, Social Sciences Building, Science Rd, Camperdown. Enquiries: Sydney Ideas (02) 9351 2943 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information

13 June. Human Rights Watch x Sydney Film Festival: Midnight Traveler. Human Rights Watch and Sydney Film Festival invite you to the collaborative screening of Midnight Traveler. The documentary of the Fazili family’s search for a safe haven has moved audiences worldwide and won prizes at Berlinale, San Francisco, Sundance and Thessaloniki film festivals. Filmmaker Hassan Fazili was forced to leave Afghanistan when he made a television documentary featuring a Taliban leader who’d abandoned violence. Hassan, his filmmaker wife Fatima and their two young daughters fled for their lives. Using mobile phones, the family recorded their experiences as they reeled from one country to another, often waiting months for the outcome of yet another visa application. This vérité film reveals the tragedy and the horror of the family’s lengthy pursuit of asylum, particularly poignant when seen through the lens of the two young girls. This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Judith Sunderland, associate director for Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia division (Limited capacity. First in, best dressed). Cost: $25.50 (with code HRW2019) + Booking fee, Registration essential. By using this code, you are making a $10 donation to Human Rights Watch. 6.40pm start. Event Cinemas George St, 500-525 George Street, Sydney. Information.

13 June. SCARF Illawarra Champions Trivia Night. This is the annual fundraising event for Refugee Support by the Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families (SCARF), a volunteer-based community organisation that supports refugee entrants through responsive, targeted programs and community connections. Help raise funds so SCARF can continue to deliver practical and social support to refugee entrants in the Illawarra. SCARF invites you to a fun night of trivia, games, prizes, silent auction and more. Get a team together and book a table or buy individual tickets to join a table. Cost: $50, Registration essential. 6.00 to 10.00pm. UOW Innovation Campus, Function Room, Level 2, Ocean Room, Squires Way, North Wollongong. Enquiries: (02) 4224 8646 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

14 June. World Refugee Day Breakfast 2019. Join Australia for UNHCR at their annual World Refugee Day Breakfast hosted by ABC broadcaster and journalist Kumi Taguchi, with special guest speakers former Senator the Hon Bob Carr and UNHCR Regional Representative in Canberra, Ms Louise Aubin. This year, you will hear from a dynamic panel of corporate representatives and entrepreneurs ranging from former refugees to the newest corporate partner, about how corporate Australia can help build a new vision and future for the world’s displaced. Please call to book your table. Cost: Various. Registration essential. 7.00 to 9.00am. The Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Grand Sydney, Hyde Park, 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. Enquiries: 1300 361 288 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

14 June. Book Launch by Gleebooks: John Hughes – No One. To be launched by George Kouvaros. No One is a story that takes us to the core of contemporary Australia’s festering relationship to its indigenous past. A story about guilt for acts which precede us, crimes we are not sure we have committed, crimes gone on so long they now seem criminal-less. Part crime novel, part road movie, part love story, No One takes its protagonist to the very heart of a nation where non-existence is the true existence, where crimes cannot be resolved and guilt cannot be redeemed, and no one knows what to do with ghosts that are real. Cost: Free, booking essential. 6pm for 6.30pm start. Upstairs at 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 9660 2333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and Registration.

15 June. Doing Justice Together – NSW Training. TEAR (Transform, Empower, Advocate, Restore) Australia invites you to learn how you can lead and engage others to do justice together in your local faith community. You'll be challenged, inspired and equipped with practical skills to challenge poverty and injustice in creative and courageous ways. Cost: Free, booking essential. 9.00am to 2.30pm. Lower Hall, St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 189 Church Street, Newtown. Information and Registration.

15 to 23 June. Art From Inside 2019 – ‘Forgiveness’ – Sydney. This is the annual exhibition of inmate artwork. Prison Fellowship Australia NSW/ACT invites the public to an exhibition like no other. Touching on the theme of “Forgiveness,” each artwork has a unique story which helps you enter the mind of the inmate — the drama, the emotion and the challenge. Come along to have your perceptions challenged and changed. Prison Fellowship Australia NSW/ACT is a Christian charity committed to serving inmates, ex-offenders, their families, and those affected by crime. Cost: Free, open daily. 10.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Saturday, 12noon to 3.00pm Sundays. St Andrew's Cathedral, corner George & Bathurst Streets, Sydney. Enquiries: Julia Kim (02) 9896 1255 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

19 June. Sydney Idea: Biodiversity and Extinction – Can We Achieve Justice For All? Climate change, resource extraction and increasing levels of extinction present unprecedented challenges. What does justice mean if humans, non-human animals and the environment are all taken seriously as subjects of justice? There is a huge amount at stake as we work out how to best tackle the complex social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that between 10,000 and 100,000 animal species are becoming extinct each year. As intense debates about how the planet’s ‘resources’ ought to be ‘used’ and by whom continues to rage, do we need to completely reconsider how we live and consume resources, and reconceptualise our interaction with the more-than-human, to advance justice for all? Cost: Free, Registration essential. 6.00 to 7.30pm. SSB Lecture Theatre 200, Social Sciences Building, Science Rd, Camperdown. Enquiries: Sydney Ideas (02) 9351 2943 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

19 June. Literary Event by Gleebooks: Patrice Newell – Who’s Minding the Farm? In conversation with Phillip Adams. In an era of rapid climate change, this vital account of how agriculture can address major issues is an Australian story with global ramifications. Patrice is at the frontline of enormous challenges, from water scarcity and land stewardship to food security and the rural-urban divide. The devastation of drought and the crises created by industrial-scale chemically-dependent primary production are discussed and alternatives proposed – along with bold ideas for new sources of energy. With glimpses of the individuals who make working the farm so rewarding, her book provides a window into the pains, pleasures and politics of life on the land, and promotes new ways of thinking, no matter where you live. Who’s minding the farm? A shared responsibility for us all. Cost: $12/$9/gleeclub free, booking essential. 6pm for 6.30pm start. Upstairs at 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 9660 2333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and Registration.

21 June. The Junks – Refugee Week 2019. The House of Welcome will turn into The Junks for one fun-filled and seriously fashionable Friday, inspired by the vibrant markets of Freetown Sierra Leone. Bring along an item of clothing that needs an Africana twist and an incredible tailor will up-style it with genuine African print fabric while you enjoy lunch. It can be as simple as adding a colourful pocket to your favourite t-shirt or jeans, or learn how to wrap your head with expert stylists to complete the look. The House of Welcome is a project of St Francis Social Services. Cost: Free, all welcome. 11.30am to 2.30pm. 197 The Trongate, Granville. Enquiries: Leonie Dyer (02) 9727 9290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

28 June. Politics in the Pub Sydney: Our China Anxiety. Speaker: Dr Hugh White, Emeritus Professor, Strategic & Defence Studies ANU. Cost: Free, donations encouraged. 6.30pm start. Harold Park Hotel, 70A Ross Street, Glebe. Enquiries: Sarat Chandran (02) 9674 9179 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

3 July. Food Governance Conference 2019. In conjunction with the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, The George Institute for Global Health and Sydney Law School will be hosting the second Food Governance Conference. The conference will explore how law, policy, and regulation address food system challenges or contribute to them at local, national, regional, and global levels. This includes issues such as food security, food safety, food sustainability, equity and social justice in global food systems, and nutrition: under/malnutrition, obesity, and non-communicable disease. Cost: various, Registration essential. Sydney Law School, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown. Enquiries: Professional Learning & Community Engagement (02) 9351 0429 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

3 July. Literary Event by Gleebooks: Tara June Winch – The Yield. The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri, yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha. Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch’s The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity. Cost: $12/$9/gleeclub free, booking essential. 6pm for 6.30pm start. Upstairs at 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 9660 2333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and Registration.

4 to 6 July. Transforming Vocation - Work and Faith Conference. This conference will provide an opportunity for participants to engage at the highest level in theological and practical reflection on the nature of work, the changing cultural and economic landscape in which we now operate as workers. Cost: various, booking essential. Morling College - 122 Herring Road, Macquarie Park; Access via Saunders Close. Enquiries: Katherine Lawless (02) 9878 0201 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and Registration.

6 July. Living Justice with Nick and Christine Caine – Alexandria. Join Micah Australia and The Justice Conference for a special one-off event, equipping you to pursue justice and influence the world for good. Featuring A21 founders Christine and Nick Caine, this event is an opportunity for Christians passionate about social change to hear directly from those who are on the frontline in the global fight against injustice. Cost: $25 to $30, Registration essential. Morning tea provided. 9.30am to 1.00pm. Hillsong Alexandria Campus, 65 Doody St, Alexandria. Enquiries: Beck Wilesmith 0403 569 773 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

10 July. Literary Event by Gleebooks: Jane McAdam & Fiona Chong – Refugee Rights & Policy Wrongs. In conversation with Richard Ackland. In this new book, Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong find that Australia’s policies towards refugees have hardened since their previous bestselling book was published five years ago. Now, Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs provides a wholly updated account of Australian refugee law and policy. Clearly and carefully, they explain who a refugee is, what rights refugees have under international law, and whether Australia’s policies on offshore processing, detention, boat turnbacks and so on violate Australia’s obligations under international law. The crucial information and depth of understanding this book offers has never been more urgent. Cost: $12/$9/gleeclub free, booking essential. 6pm for 6.30pm start. Upstairs at 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney. Enquiries: (02) 9660 2333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and Registration.

 

 

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