Glimpse: TEAR Young Adults Community Night (Melb)

7pm Monday 21 February 2011
Venue: TEAR, 4 Solwood Lane, Blackburn
Glimpse nights are events for young adults who are interested in hanging out and listening to the stories of people living out the gospel in radical ways. This time our storytellers explore the theme of ‘good work’ and what has it meant to them. So come along, bring $5 to share a delicious meal and be ready for a night of conversation, hopefully leaving you encouraged and inspired to seek God’s Kingdom in your own lives.

Email: Future Glimpse dates for 2011: May 12, August 30 and November 24

‘Stop the Intervention’ + ‘Jobs with Justice’ Rally (Melb)

5pm Friday 4 March 2011
Rally at the State Library, Melbourne
Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective (MAIC) will be holding a rally to boost signatures for a petition sponsored by the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and Unions NT. The petition has been created out of concern at the exploitation of Aboriginal workers taking place under the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP).

Of particular concern is the use of CDEP labour on the federal government’s $672 million Strategic Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP). Local Aboriginal workers on the CDEP have been working for substandard CDEP wages, or for the BasicsCard, alongside fully paid construction workers from outside the community. This is a grave affront to the principle of equal pay for equal work

The petition will be tabled in parliament on 21st March 2011.

More info available at: or

Consuming Creation Conference (Melb)
4 – 5 March 2011
Climate Change & the Call to Transformation

Venue: Ridley College, 170 The Avenue, Parkville.
This conference is hosted by the Australian Evangelical Alliance, discussing Climate Change from a Christian perspective. The conference will feature Dr Michael Northcott, a leader in Christian environmental ethics and the author of A Moral Climate. The conference will explore biblical theology, ecological ethics, and practical actions that we can take to care for creation.

Cost: $110 (concesssions/early bird price). More information:

Take the Carbon Fast

9 March  to 23 April 2011
Take the Carbon Fast for lent to reflect on God’s creation and take action to protect the world’s most vulnerable communities from the impacts of climate change.
Fasting in the Bible takes on huge significance as a period of reflection, giving up luxuries, seeking God, repentance and transformation. Christians have traditionally fasted during Lent in the 7 weeks leading up to Easter.

TEAR invites you, your church or small group to participate in ‘Carbon Fast’ to simplify your lifestyle during Lent 2011, and to explore the impacts of our consumption on God’s earth and the world’s poor. As well as changing our own lifestyles, the ‘Carbon Fast’ is about focusing on God, learning about Biblical discipleship, and speaking up about the injustice of how poor countries are impacted by climate change.

Ozanam Lecture 2011 (Melb)

7pm Thursday 24 March 2011
An annual lecture held in honour of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s founder, Frederic Ozanam
Venue: St Francis Church, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
The lecture will be delivered by Rev Desmond de Sousa CSSR, Professor of Catholic Social Teaching for over 40 years. Respondent: Maria Minto Cahill, President of Flemington Conference, St Vincent de Paul Society.

Light refreshments at 6pm in St Francis Pastoral Centre. Parking at St Francis Car Park until 9pm (tickets validated for discount)

Catholic Social Services Victoria

Commissioning Mass & AGM

Thursday 24 March 2011
Guest speaker: Prof Ruth Webber on ‘Rebuilding Communities after Natural Disasters’
These events are an opportunity to join with others who are engaged in the wide range of activities within the Catholic social services sector, to reflect on and to celebrate our commitment.

AGM guest speaker, Professor Ruth Webber, Director of Quality of Life & Social Justice Research Centre at Australian Catholic University, will talk about ‘Rebuilding communities after natural disasters: lessons from community sector responses to the 2009 Victorian bushfires’.

4.30pm – Commissioning Mass at All Saints Church, 174 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
6.00pm – AGM in the hall of All Saints, followed by light refreshments at St Mary’s House of Welcome, 165 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Emmy on 03 9287 5566 or E: by Thursday 10 March 2011.

Shane Claiborne

Wednesday 30 March 2011 (Sydney)
Time: 7.30pm Venue: Eastern Ave Lecture Theatre, Sydney Uni, Camperdown, NSW.
Claiborne is author of The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus For President, and Becoming The Answer To Our Prayers. Shane co-founded ‘The Simple Way’, a radical faith community in urban Philadelphia. With tears and laughter, Shane unveils the tragic messes we’ve made of our world and the tangible hope that another world is possible. Shane has worked alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, spent a year at wealthy mega-church Willow Creek in Chicago, and has worked for peace in Baghdad amid falling bombs in the Iraq war.

Hosted by TEAR Australia.There will be opportunity for a Q&A. No booking is necessary, the event is free but gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Ecology at the Heart of Christian Faith

Saturday 7 May 2011 (Victoria)
We are called to a new way of being on earth

Sponsored by Catholic Religious Victoria, presented by Fr Denis Edwards (Adelaide)
Venue: Veneto Club, 190 Bulleen Road, Bulleen, from 10.30am – 3.00pm.
Cost $50, including a light lunch.

Register with Christine Signorini at

Indigenous Employment & Economic Development Conference

30 May 2011- 1 June 2011 (Brisbane)
This event will showcase leading case studies and expert speakers to provide a comprehensive learning experience and equip you with the best strategies to overcome barriers to Indigenous employment.

Key topics will be addressed such as:

* How to overcome barriers to indigenous employment
* Literacy and numeracy skills
* Culture differences
* Retention strategies
* Building leadership skills
* Health
* Are your training programmes meeting the employee’s requirements?

For more information: T: (02) 9224 6000 or E:

The ‘Million Pleas’ Campaign

The Million Pleas campaign is an attempt to create the world’s longest video chain letter through a unique website at People from all over the world are encouraged to take part in the project and ask for a world free from nuclear weapons.

The video was started by a group of primary school children from Hiroshima, Japan, and is addressed to the 9 countries still in possession of nuclear weapons. The project asks that everyone upload a 2 sec video clip of themselves saying the word “please”. The “pleases” will then be edited into a long, virtual chain letter, acting as a petition to abolish nuclear weapons, world wide. A Hiroshima bomb survivor delivers the final words in the video.The campaign was launched on Hiroshima Day, 6 August, 2010.

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