27 May to 3 June. National Reconciliation Week. The theme is ‘Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage.’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth telling about Australia’s colonial history, which has been characterised by devastating land dispossession, violence, and often overt and unapologetic racism. Recent research shows that 80 per cent of Australians in the general community and 91 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people believe it’s important to undertake formal truth telling processes. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other. Reconciliation Australia has provided more Information and Resources.

2 to 9 June. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019. The theme is ‘Justice and only justice, you shall pursue’ (Deuteronomy 16.18-20). As we pray together, we are reminded that our baptismal call as members of the body of Christ is to both pursue and embody justice. Our unity in Christ empowers us to take part in the wider struggle for justice and to promote the dignity of all life that we acknowledge and respect as God’s creation. The National Council of Churches of Australia has some resources on its website including a poster, reflections, notes for organisers, and worship resources. Enquiries: (02) 9299 2215. Information.

9 June. Palms Together Day. Palms Together Day calls on Australians to celebrate the cultural diversity of their family, friends, workplaces and communities by hosting a multicultural lunch or dinner. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish from a culture they identify with, along with a small donation to Palms Australia. By getting involved in Palms Together Day, you’ll be creating stronger connections to your own and others’ diverse cultural heritage.  Your donation will help Palms Australia to meet the requests of remote communities overseas for volunteers who can build skills that sustainably reduce poverty. Cost: Free. Register your event to receive your free host pack. All Day. Enquiries: (02) 9560 5333. Information and Registration.

10 to 28 June. Awaken! The 2019 Catholic Youth Event. From 10 to 28 June, one-day events featuring guest artists Jesse Manibusan and Joshua Angrisano are being held. Awaken to: justice, climate change, refugees, third word poverty, domestic violence, mental illness, inclusion... creating a new world of stewardship and justice for all God’s people. A dynamic and challenging day empowering young people through presentation, discussion, reflection, story, great live band, and multimedia. Awaken is supported by a live band, GPBS Mission and Ministry team and held in your location with local community involvement. Limited dates available. Enquiries: Paul Skippen 0412 850 883 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

16 to 22 June. Refugee Week. Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June). This year’s theme, ‘A World of Stories,’ brings fresh focus on celebrating the three-year theme #WithRefugees, by sharing a meal whilst sharing a story. The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the peak national body representing over 200 organisations who support refugees and people seeking asylum and coordinates Refugee Week across Australia. For ‘share a meal, share a story’ event pack information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

16 to 23 June. National Week of Prayer and Action 2019, week of community solidarity with people seeking asylum. Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) invites you to participate in this year’s National Week of Prayer and Action (NWPA) that coincides with Refugee Week, and will be in the first 100 days of a newly elected government, a crucial time for a strong message for compassion, and compassionate policies, for those seeking asylum. Schools, parishes, networks and organisations will all join together to pray, take direct action and raise awareness for people seeking asylum in our communities. To be involved in NWPA 2019, Register here. For School Actions and Resources, visit here. For Parish/Network Actions and Resources, visit here. Information.

20 June. World Refugee Day. This is the day the world commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. Held every year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. As the number of people forced to flee their homes continues to grow, it is the world’s poorest countries that are shouldering much of the responsibility for refugees. Meanwhile, the global response to large-scale movements of people remains inadequate and underfunded, leaving refugees with an uncertain future. Information.

1 July. Coming of the Light Festival. The Torres Strait Islands are a group of at least 274 small islands that are a part of Queensland and are located in the Torres Strait between Cape York Peninsula (Australia’s far north/east tip) and Papua New Guinea. It was on the 1st of July in 1871 that Reverend Samuel Macfarlane of the London Missionary Society arrived on Erub (Darnley Island) and introduced Christianity to the region. This day is referred to by the Islanders, who are predominately of Christian faith, as ‘The Coming of the Light’ and every year, the festival is celebrated with religious and cultural ceremonies throughout the islands and across mainland Australia. Information.

1 to 31 July. Plastic Free July. Join the challenge and ‘Choose To Refuse’ single-use plastic during July. Imagine a world without plastic waste. The Plastic Free Foundation is a not-for-profit which delivers the annual challenge and works on solutions with communities around the world. Their vision is a world without plastic waste, and their mission is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. More than 6 out of 10 people are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packed fruit and veg, picking up other people's litter and avoiding buying bottled water. Register your interest. Information.

7 July. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Commission has prepared liturgical, school and other resources for the celebration of the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. The theme this year is ‘Peace to this house and all who dwell within’. Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green, Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has urged parishes to celebrate the day, saying it provides us with ‘an opportunity to acknowledge our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters’ and ‘signifies that we are united as one in God’s love and care’. Resources will be available on the NATSICC website.

7 to 14 July. National NAIDOC Week. ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces. Information.

 

 

 

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