Social Justice Task Force
The Social Justice Task Force works to initiate, promote and support social justice action in our Diocese.
They do this by:
- Working collaboratively with the Samaritans Foundation and other diocesan organisations;
- Building ecumenical relationships on justice issues and partnering in action and education;
- Networking with local community justice groups;
- Encouraging parishes and diocesan organisations to engage with social justice issues; and
- Raising diocesan and community awareness of social justice issues.
This work includes providing social justice training events, and ongoing involvement in the fields of:
- Refugees and asylum seekers;
- Reconciliation and Recognition of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution; and
- Domestic and family violence.
Domestic and Family Violence
In 2015, Synod passed a motion on Recognising Respectful Relationships:
“That this Synod:
1. Recognises with profound regret that some theological interpretations of scripture have enshrined an understanding of family which has on occasion legitimized violence against women and children by concepts of ownership and headship.
2. Apologises to victims where the church has condoned inappropriate responses to Domestic and Family Violence.”
A small group will be working on this with the intention of further resourcing us so that we can take up the initiatives in this motion.
Download a copy of the Diocesan Domestic Violence Poster for your church or organisation.
Download a copy of the Domestic Violence DL Brochure for your church or organisation.
The Awabakal, Biripi, Darkinjung, Geawegal, Kamilaroi, Worimi and Wonnarua peoples are recognised as the traditional custodians of the areas of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. Read more about why the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle supports reconciliation.
Resources for Reconciliation
Acknowledgement of Country
I would like to show my respect and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land, of Elders past and present, on which this meeting takes place.
Thanksgiving Prayer for Australia
God of holy Dreaming, Great Creator Spirit,
From the dawn of creation you have given your children
The good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and the gum tree grew.
In the vast desert and dense forest, and in cities at the water’s edge,
Creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our Land.
When Jesus hung on three
You heard the cries of all your people
And became one with the wounded ones:
The convicts, the hunted, and the dispossessed.
The sunrise of your Son coloured the earth anew,
And bathed it in glorious hope.
In Jesus we have been reconciled to you,
To each other and to your whole creation.
Lead us on, Great Spirit,
As we gather from the four corners of the earth;
Enable us to walk together in trust
From the hurt of the past
Into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ. Amen.
(Australian Prayer Book page 218)
HOW CAN YOU CELEBRATE NATSIAC IN YOUR CHURCH OR COMMUNITY?
- Place banners around your church with Aboriginal colours and symbols
- Burn native scents in your church
- Raise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
- Invite Indigenous elders to visit
- Prepare damper or indigenous dishes
- Plant a native plant
- Create an internet page showing your activities
- Have an artist competition on the theme of NAIDOC
- Create Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags with crepe paper or calico
- Invite Indigenous artist to paint a wall
- Show Indigenous artifacts
- Listen to Indigenous radio stations or music
- Hold basket-making workshops
- Create dot art drawings
- Thread beads of Indigenous colours
- Have a face painting for the kids
- Read Indigenous stories in Messy Church
- Colour in Indigenous drawings in your kid’s club
- Create Indigenous ribbons by applying black, red and yellow ribbons to a balloon stick
- Create a banner with handprints
- Create an altar cloth using Indigenous colours and art styles
- Place red, black and yellow ribbons around your church
- Collect money for NATSIAC
- Conduct an Acknowledgement of Country
- Use an Aboriginal prayer
- Have a red, yellow and black colour theme
- Place an acknowledgment plaque in your church
Asylum Seekers & Refugees
The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle aims to seek justice and compassion for all those who are seeking asylum in Australia. Churches across the Diocese aim to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and generate an empathetic response to what has become a divisive and contentious issue across our nation.
Churches across the Diocese aim to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and generate an empathetic response to what has become a divisive and contentious issue across our nation.
Every asylum seeker has a face, a name, a story. It’s important to highlight the need to show more compassion towards each individual and encourage the community and the government to rethink how we currently treat asylum seekers.
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS – ARTICLE 14
Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purpose and principles of the United Nations.