The Bendigo Uniting Churches' Social Justice Group



INTRODUCTION


The Bendigo UC's Social Justice Group began as the Combined St Andrews/Forest St UC's Social Justice Group in November 2007. Subsequently, in October 2009, with an expanded membership from other Bendigo congregations it assumed its current name.
Currently its membership is drawn from the Central and ELM Clusters of the Bendigo Uniting Church.
The Group meets monthly on the last Wednesday at St Andrews, Myers St at 5pm. Others are welcome.

KEY AIM: To encourage interest in & response to social justice issues at local, State, National & International levels by members of the Bendigo UC's. To accomplish this the Group is informed by publications such as "Just Focus", a bi-monthly publication compiled by the Justice & International Mission (JIM) Unit, Synod of Victoria & Tasmania ( Refer to http://jim.victas.uca.org.au)

Some of the issues the group are advocating for currently are:
1) Continuing the quarterly rotation of the Asylum Seeker banners being publicly displayed by the five participating Bendigo Uniting Church faith communities and now including Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR).
2) Following up on Loddon Mallee Presbytery distribution of the Discussion Paper entitled “The Need for Accommodation for People with Mental Illness in the Loddon Mallee Region".
3) "Encouraging the City of Greater Bendigo to develop its Social, Affordable Housing & Living and Positive Ageing Strategies".
4) “Given that for many Australia Day is not a day of celebration, advocating to the City of Greater Bendigo to commence engagement with the Bendigo community to discern when and how Australia’s nationhood can be celebrated.”
5) “Advocating to the Federal Government for an increase in the Newstart Allowance.”

Click here for Information about the Social Justice group and what happened with the group last year.

For more information on this group please email Garth: Social Justice

For wider information visit the Uniting Church web site Justice and International Mission



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