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Religion without social justice is hollow

 - Issue 21


One of the most striking features of my visits to faith communities is the repudiation of social justice. For example, a man angrily approached me two weeks ago saying "Dr Boddé I think it is highly offensive and inappropriate that you highjack this service to talk about violence against women."

For some social justice is an evil philosophy that must be expelled at every opportunity. But at what price? I’m deeply appreciative of the commitment of people's quest to get closer to God, but it has become for some a sanctuary in ceremonies, rituals and formulas; a kind of religious coping against insecurity, and competition. In Christian circles Jesus Christ has been reduced to aids to our self-esteem, social adjustment, and personal success.  

But here's what I know to be true, my religion is deepened by my commitment to my neighbour. In no particular priority this may mean:   
Instead of saying my life matters, Jesus said, “Samaritan lives matter.”
Instead of saying my life matters, Jesus said, “Children’s lives matter.”
Instead of saying my life matters, Jesus said, “men's lives matter."
”Instead of saying my life matters, Jesus said, “Women’s lives matter.”

So saying women's lives matter and participating in positive change to prevent  gender violence, and empowerment of bystanders to take safe and effective action, is one of the most God-like acts I/we can do


Second intake. Link here to register your expression of interest to co-facilitate our Bystander Intervention Workshop to Prevent Violence against Women 

Workshops & events

MAR 7 - Bystander Intervention Workshop - St Mary's Anglican Church Sunbury. Details & Registration
MAR 7 - International Women's Day - 
Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network. Details & Registration
MAR 29 - Holding the Light Planning Committee - St Peter's Anglican Church. Closed Meeting 
APR 1 -
 Bystander  Intervention Workshop - Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral Wangaratta. Details and Registration
JUN 10 -  Bystander Intervention - Hare Krishna Temple. Details
JUN 24 - Bystander Intervention Workshop - St Paul's Boronia. Details and Registration
JULY 8 - Facilitator Training. Workshop full. 
NOV 12 - Bystander Intervention Workshop - Faith Communities Council of Victoria. Closed event
NOV 25 - Holding the Light - an ecumenical service to remember the victims & survivors of domestic violence. Details and Registration

Violence prevention resources   

If you would like to show case the violence prevention work of your faith community or submit any success (or partial success) that you've had as an active bystander upload it here  

Think Prevent is edited by Jill Graham & Em Timmins and information is issued by Kempster Consultants. The opinions, events, links, and reports within the e-Newsletter are not necessarily endorsed or supported by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, its program partners Brotherhood of St Laurence or Anglicare Victoria.  

For further information contact: Dr Ree Boddé  (M) 0450039288. Email:

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