Social Justice Hui - 23rd March 2019
Prayer, song and stories filled Burns Lodge at Holy Cross on Saturday March 23rd, as 60 people from around our Diocese gathered for a Social Justice Hui. The hui was inspired by Oscar Romero’s first ever feast day that was celebrated the next day. While our hearts were heavy with the terrorist events in Christchurch, it was a safe place to share our pain while focusing on hope. Sr. Ann Gilroy gave us a session on Oscar Romero asking us how we can awaken to justice in our own time and place encouraged by his example. Jo Bell gave a session to senior primary pupils on ‘being the change you want to see’ in our world. We heard from the children and also some secondary pupils from Verdon, Logan Park, and Columba Colleges. It was inspiring to see a how the love of justice is strong in our children and young adults and they all asked us to listen to their voice, which is not the voice of the future but of the now. There were stories shared from around the diocese about important grass roots initiatives that are happening to bring about God’s Kingdom here in our patch of the world. Prayer and singing were also a large part of the day, for to do this work of bringing about God’s justice, we must be rooted in our hearts of faith.
Refugee Powhiri Welcome Volunteer Project
Wanted: volunteers to be part of a team who welcome former refugees and migrants to our city.
We are partnering with Araiteuru Marae, the Red Cross, Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council and other community organisations to create a uniquely Dunedin welcome for newly-arrived former refugees and migrants. This will involve hosting four powhiri a year. We need 10-15 volunteers from our community to be part of this important venture. Even if your knowledge of the Maori language and Maori customs is very limited you are still very welcome to be part of this.
What is involved:
1. Come along to the Powhiri at Araiteuru Marae on Saturday July 14 from 10.45am -4.00pm. Once you have been part of the powhiri welcome you are considered family and can then be among those who show hospitality. (If you can’t make it on this day other arrangements can be made.)
2. There will be a training day for volunteers. Date to be advised
3. Then commit to some of the powhiri (even 1-2 a year) as part of the hospitality team.
For more information speak to Fr Gerard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lynne Toomey (email@example.com)
Doing justice, loving mercifully and walking humbly with God ( Micah 6:8)
There is a new Dunedin Justice and Peace Committee called JustPeace Dunedin starting up in our Diocese. Meetings are held at 7pm every 4th Thursday of the month at the offices of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, 518 Castle Street. Please come and join us or contact Lynne Toomey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeremy Simons (email@example.com) for further details.
Catholic Social Teaching Resources
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. We are working on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief. Click here
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Click here
Faith Doing Justice is a great website full of great resources on Catholic Social Teaching. Click here
Eureka Street is a publication of the Australian Jesuits. It existed as a monthly, and briefly bi-monthly, print magazine for 16 years, commencing in March 1991. Today it exists as a vibrant online journal of analysis, commentary and reflection on current issues in the worlds of politics, religion and culture. It aims to participate in public discussion and influence public opinion regarding the Things That Matter in Australia and the world. Click here