Create to Advocate Art Competition and Exhibition

July 21, 2008
Create To Advocate Image If you’re handy with a brush, a pencil, a computer or any other artistic medium then Create To Advocate could be for you. We’re looking for art works that express your vision to end poverty. The Millennium Development Goals provide great inspiration. Use themes such as education for all, halving world hunger, improving maternal and child health or climate change to express your thoughts and ideas. There are cash prizes and selected art works will be exhibited at Parliament House in Canberra. Entires close on 29 August, so check out the details, download the entry form and get creative!

Want to have a say in the Make Poverty History Campaign?

If you’ve got a great idea you think we could use in the coming year or feedback on activities we’ve already done, let us know! We value your ideas and want to know what works in your communities. We’re especially interested in any ideas around our campaign focus areas of maternal and child health and climate change. This is your opportunity to influence the Make Poverty History campaign. Don’t miss out! Email any ideas to us by 15 August.

“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made, and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” Nelson Mandela

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Prayer for Peace Christmas 2007

January 31, 2008

[image]You might like to take some time out to read and reflect on the Prayer for Peace from John Dear SJ. John Dear is a Jesuit priest, peace activist, and the author of more than 20 books, most recently, Transfiguration (from Doubleday, with a foreword by Archbishop Tutu). Other books include You Will Be My Witnesses, Living Peace, The Questions of Jesus and Mohandas Gandhi. He has served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S., and after 9/11, as a coordinator of chaplains for the Red Cross at the New York Family Assistance Center. From 2002-2004, he served as pastor of four churches in New Mexico. He has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, and given thousands of lectures on peace across the country. He lives in the high desert of northeastern New Mexico.

St Mary’s joins International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel

January 30, 2008

St Mary’s joins International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel

Incursions, assassinations, settlement expansion, road blocks, wall, closures, siege –  on-going “life” for Palestinians continues to be one of hardship, destruction and death.  Talks are taking place, but the reality on the ground continues to worsen.   

 The humanitarian work of the Palestine Red Crescent Society continues to be carried on in conditions of harassment and danger to its personnel and patients being cared for. 

See also

Annual Violations Report 2007  –  link on home page of  

 Further details of the crisis situation being faced by Palestinians as a result of the harsh conditions imposed by the occupation are given on a number of websites and publications. Some of the relevant links are given below.  

A Faith Perspective on Climate Change

January 24, 2008

Climate Change Conference 18-20 November 2005

Red DesertThis major National Conference brought together diverse members of the Catholic Church as well as representatives of public bodies, other faith communities, NGOs and international guests.

Bishop Christopher Toohey presented the Bishops’ position paper:

Climate Change – Our Responsibility to Sustain God’s Earth

The text only version is on: this page

The Story of Stuff

January 20, 2008

Sit back and take in this amazing presentation of how we use stuff and what we can do to reduce our stuffing up!!

The Story of Stuff

MikeL said… A great video, quite well-produced for the net. It might be interesting as well to check out the work of Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian photographer who makes images of a lot of the sites where materials are extracted and also broken down (often with toxic effects).

His images are an important part of the documentary Manufactured Landscapes (scroll down Burtysnky’s site for more), which makes many of the same points as The Story of Stuff.

When you have another bit of time come over and look at this amazing site: