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Electronic Bulletin of the
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane

Tuesday 1 September 2020

The Church in the Modern World


 

Our challenge is to accompany people from the margins into a journey towards the fullness of life and love. We are meant to be in the coalface, in the messiness of it all and at the same time in fidelity to the Gospel… Like Christ in his ministry among the sick and the lost, we are called to meet God in the most unlikely people and places. We, too, must be in that frontier space.
 

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv

Social Justice Statement
To Live Life to the Full: Mental Health in Australia Today, is the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2020 – 2021. While we have just marked Social Justice Sunday in the Church, we are encouraged to continue exploring the issues and perspectives raised in the Statement and to take action to overcome the injustice highlighted in the Statement over the course of the coming year.
Have you thought about sending the link to the Statement to your local Federal and State MPs to alert them to the issues raised by the Bishops? The ACBC Office for Social Justice web site has a resources page which includes a link to the electronic version of the Statement, a spoken word version, a prayer card and liturgy notes: https://socialjustice.catholic.org.au/2020/07/03/social-justice-statement-2020-21/
 
Qld State Election
Queenslanders go to the polls to elect a new State Government at the end of October. The Queensland Bishops will launch a statement on September 7 giving Catholics some perspectives on what should be priorities for an incoming Queensland Government. Have you thought about organising a community forum with candidates for your electorate to give you an opportunity to raise with them some of the concerns the Bishops have highlighted as well as some of those issues which are important to you and your local community? Information to help you to do this will be issued when the Bishops’ Statement is issued.
 
The Maroonprint Qld Election Assembly
JThe Queensland Community Alliance will hold its election assembly on Monday 14 September, 6:30 – 8:30 PM on –line. Representatives of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, along with representatives of over 30 faith, union and community organisations, will present the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition with specific policy asks associated with our Maroonprint principles. They will focus on our priorities of safe and connected communities and real jobs for a real future. Civil society leaders will publicly negotiate commitments in relation to these asks from the two political leaderts on the night. This is an important opportunity for you to be part of an action which will help shape the future of Queensland as we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Catholics from across the Archdiocese are invited to be present for this on-line event. We would love a strong Catholic presence at the assembly. You will need to register for the event and you will be sent a link to enable you to join this Zoom event after that. It is important that you register as a member of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane so we can be well represented at this significant event. Please share this with other Catholics in the Archdiocese. Register at:
https://www.qldcommunityalliance.org/assembly_2020
 
Standing Our Ground
TThe Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners of the country on which the proposed Adani mine in the Galilee Basin is located returned to their country last week to perform cultural ceremonies and to call on the Adani project to leave their country. The traditional owners are involved in a David and Goliath struggle with wealthy and powerful interests who have used immense pressure to silence them, but they have remained defiant despite enormous pressure and hardship. They have called for solidarity from around Queensland, Australia and the world. Their aim is to assert sovereignty over their country. You can learn more about Standing Our Ground and offer support at:
https://www.facebook.com/WanganJagalingouStandingOurGround/
 
Week of Solidarity
You will recall the Refugee Council of Australia’s Leave No Child Behind campaign. It calls for action on the plight of the thousands of children and families seeking asylum who have lost their income during the pandemic. Educators, students and parents have been encouraged to take action on this situation. The Refugee Council is now calling on educators, students and parents to participate in a week of solidarity with these children and their families. The week runs from September 6 to 12. You will find all the details on the campaign’s web site:
https://www.nochildleftbehind.com.au/

Suggested ways you can help:
  *   Send an e-mail – one has been drafted by the campaign ambassador Dorothy Hoddinott AO<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-KwXIa7Udh1f1nkMGMrAdixbuIzejVHscANbAjsaCJU/edit?usp=sharing>. You can amend this and share it with your networks inviting them to join the week.
  *   You can share some of these social media posts<https://docs.google.com/document/d/18EIvn_A9wjnXnnWizUh0posLUW68GplM7W7j3jy2DNM/edit?usp=sharing> we have drafted to your networks.
  *   Use a template article<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jWbPKE21344Re2ZyrAWXSsVUsha1Es9akY7Y_1XDbtw/edit?usp=sharing> you can use to promote the campaign in any publications.
  *   You can share the joint statement the Refugee Council is coordinating for educators, students and parents to sign<f>, we already have over 800 signatories.
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