16 December, 2011

Just Salvos Episode 37 - Indigenous Land Titles



As this series of the JUSTSalvos webcast draws to a close, we look at the THEOLOGY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE with Prof Mark Brett.
Why do we do what we do? Why do we believe what we believe?What does the Bible and the life of Jesus tell us about how we should see ourselves and others in the context of our community and our relationship with God?An insightful chat and a great resource for your small group or leadership team!

09 December, 2011

December eNewsletter















Just Salvos E-newsletter – December Edition

Welcome,

Well, we didn’t achieve world peace, but I think we’ve all come along a little further for seeing a better world for the most disadvantaged and marginalized in our world.

In this Christmas season we must remember that Jesus came to bring peace, hope and freedom, not just for eternity but for here and now. If we join our hearts to his, let us also join our mission to his.

It’s been wonderful being The Southern Territory Social Justice Director and I look forward to hearing about the wonderful things that will happen in the future.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year,

Blessings,

Captain Gen Peterson
Territorial Social Justice Director

Just Salvos Webcasts:

Just Gifts
Red Cross

Resources:

With Christmas just around the corner, here is our Ethical Consumption pack once more. We also have the “2011 Ethical Consumption Guide” now on sale for only $3 each. If you would like one, please contact us at justsalvos@aus.salvationarmy.org

November Pack – Ethical Consumption (Abolitionist Sunday)

Just Salvos Webcast with Steve Cooke

Church Info & Resource Guide (World Vision)

Bible Study (World Vision)

Sermon Notes (World Vision)

Ethical Shopping (War Cry)

Think Piece

Procurement Guide (Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand)

Just Gifts Christmas Projects

Just Gifts has helped increase the health and wellbeing of thousands of families in some of the poorest communities in the world. Giving a gift from the Just Gifts catalogue this Christmas will not only reduce your shopping frustration, it will go a long way in changing the lives of others who so desperately need our help.

As well as purchasing from the catalogue, you can now team up in your church, workplace, family or friendship group and raise money for a specific community development project. With education as our focus, we have selected three Salvation Army projects and created a total target of $30000, and smaller targets within those projects for smaller fundraising teams.

Walter Wants Wings

Our latest Social Justice children's book is now available for purchase at $7.50. It is a beautiful story about a caterpillar named Walter who is looking for a pair of butterfly wings, with a message about how important it is for kids to enjoy the age that they are. For more information please contact us at justsalvos@aus.salvationarmy.org

Coming up In December:

Special Dates:

International Human Rights Day
International Migrants Day
Events:
Friday December 2, from 8am: Christmas Bowl Badge Day, Adelaide

The annual South AustraliaBadge Day is held in the Adelaide city centre and selected suburbs to raise funds forthe Christmas Bowl. If you would like to be involved as a group coordinator for your church or a volunteer collector on the day, please contact Virginia Macaspac, Act for Peace Development Officer, SA & WA, on (08) 8232 7071 or vmacaspac@ncca.org.au.

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Williamstown Church of Christ Christmas Festival

Now in its fifth year, the Williamstown Church of Christ Christmas Festival gives the people of Hobsons Bay, Victoria an opportunity to see past the tinsel and glitter and the busyness of the season to understand the deeper meaning of Christmas. This year, the festival will feature the Act for Peace Christmas Bowl, along with a life sized Advent scene, children’s activities, and more.
The festival runs over seven nights: Wednesday December 14 to Saturday December 17, and Wednesday December 21 to Friday December 23, 6.30 to 9.30pm.

For more information, keep an eye on http://www.willichurch.org.au/index.php.

Know a justice event coming up? Let us know

JUSTSalvos
Territorial Headquarters
95-99 Railway Rd (PO BOX 479) Blackburn Victoria 3130
justsalvos@aus.salvationary.org – +61 3 8878 4781- justsalvos.com

25 November, 2011

Just Salvos Episode 36 - Red Cross



This week the Just Salvos crew talk to Robert Tickner, CEO of the Australian Red Cross.

08 November, 2011

November eNewsletter















Just Salvos E-newsletter – November Edition

Welcome,

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Two important issues for you this month. The much belated sexualisation of children’s pack is here and we hope it is a useful tool when educating yourself and others on this important issue. The packs will be sent in hard copy to all corps, or you can direct people to the website to download the links listed below. The second children’s book ‘Walter Wants Wings’ will be available for purchase from the JustSalvos or Salvationist Supplies in December. The book is a great tool to discuss the issue with children.

The other issue is ethical consumption and will culminate in Abolitionist Sunday on November 20th. There will be more resources coming out on our website throughout the coming weeks, but we wanted to flag the resources out by World Vision for this day (see the links below). We are sorry for the late release of this pack (just waiting on final designs!), but are hoping you will be able to use the information from World Vision on this day, or a day that suits you in the future.

For a quick list of all of our available downloads, please visit http://salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/downloads/

Until next month, we pray you will keep strong your passion for the freedom and security of all peoples.

Captain Gen Peterson
Territorial Social Justice Director


Just Salvos Webcasts:

Poverty

John Falzon (SVDP)

International Social Justice Commission
Bravehearts

Abolitionist Sunday

Resources:

September Pack – Sexualisation of Children

Information Book

Children’s Curriculum
Page 1
Page 2

Prayer Guide

Seniors Group Curriculum

Sermon Outline

Just Salvos Webcast – Collette Smart

Just Salvos Webcast Study Guide

Think Piece

Walter Wants Wings Flyer

October Pack - Violence Against Women & Children

Just Salvos Webcast - Bravehearts

Eliminate Violence Against Women Pamphlet

Understanding Family & Domestic Violence

Referral Services

Prayer Guide

November Pack – Ethical Consumption (Abolitionist Sunday)

Just Salvos Webcast with Steve Cooke

Abolitionist Sunday Video (World Vision)

Church Info & Resource Guide (World Vision)

Bible Study (World Vision)

Sermon Notes (World Vision)

Ethical Shopping (War Cry)

Think Piece

Procurement Guide (Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand)

Just Gifts Christmas Projects

Just Gifts has helped increase the health and wellbeing of thousands of families in some of the poorest communities in the world. Giving a gift from the Just Gifts catalogue this Christmas will not only reduce your shopping frustration, it will go a long way in changing the lives of others who so desperately need our help.

As well as purchasing from the catalogue, you can now team up in your church, workplace, family or friendship group and raise money for a specific community development project. With education as our focus, we have selected three Salvation Army projects and created a total target of $30000, and smaller targets within those projects for smaller fundraising teams.

See this link for more information. http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/corpsresources/post.asp?post=905&ref=fp

Abolitionist Sunday – 20th November 2011

http://www.worldvision.com.au/Act/AttendEvents/AbolitionistSunday.aspx

Even though state-sanctioned slavery was outlawed over 200 years ago, human trafficking and slavery remains the third largest illegal industry in the world!

Get your church involved in Abolitionist Sunday this November, by registering online at the link above. Also check out the great resources they have for this upcoming event.

Coming up In November:

Special Dates:

Recycling Week


International Day for Tolerance

World Toilet Day
Universal Children’s Day

White Ribbon Day
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Abolition Sunday

Buy Nothing Day

Events:

Sunday October 30, 2.30pm: Adelaide Benefit Concert Choir

A concert in aid of the Act for Peace Christmas Bowl, at St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, North Adelaide, 2.30pm.Click here for more information!

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Friday December 2, from 8am: Christmas Bowl Badge Day, Adelaide

The annual South AustraliaBadge Day is held in the Adelaide city centre and selected suburbs to raise funds forthe Christmas Bowl. If you would like to be involved as a group coordinator for your church or a volunteer collector on the day, please contact Virginia Macaspac, Act for Peace Development Officer, SA & WA, on (08) 8232 7071 or vmacaspac@ncca.org.au.

________________________________________

Williamstown Church of Christ Christmas Festival

Now in its fifth year, the Williamstown Church of Christ Christmas Festival gives the people of Hobsons Bay, Victoria an opportunity to see past the tinsel and glitter and the busyness of the season to understand the deeper meaning of Christmas. This year, the festival will feature the Act for Peace Christmas Bowl, along with a life sized Advent scene, children’s activities, and more.

The festival runs over seven nights: Wednesday December 14 to Saturday December 17, and Wednesday December 21 to Friday December 23, 6.30 to 9.30pm.
For more information, keep an eye on http://www.willichurch.org.au/index.php.

Know a justice event coming up? Let us know



JUSTSalvos
Territorial Headquarters
95-99 Railway Rd (PO BOX 479) Blackburn Victoria 3130
justsalvos@aus.salvationary.org – +61 3 8878 4781- justsalvos.com

04 November, 2011

Just Salvos Episode 34 - Abolitionist Sunday



This week the Just Salvos crew talk to a regular, Steve Cooke about Abolitionist Sunday which is happening on November 20. You can find out more at: www.worldvision.com.au/churchadvocacy

19 October, 2011

Just Salvos - Episode 32 - International Social Justice Commission



This week the Just Salvos crew talks to Commissioner Christine MacMillan about the International Social Justice Commission.

11 October, 2011

Just Salvos - Episode 30 - Poverty



Did you know there are 1.3 million Australians unable to find enough work (or any at all!)In the lead up to Anti-Poverty Week we chat to the head of the Brotherhood of St Laurence about poverty in an Aussie context and more importantly, how we can fix the problem!

30 September, 2011

eNewsletter - October Edition















Just Salvos E-newsletter – October Edition

Welcome,

"The US is far too focused on expensive and failed military approaches in the drylands – whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia – to pay heed to long-term economic development strategies aimed at addressing the root causes of these countries’ ongoing crises." Jeffrey Sachs

Welcome all to another newsletter. We are still waiting on the release of our sexualisation of children resource pack, but it will be available as soon as we have it! In the meantime, we want to draw your attention to our fourth and final resource pack that will be out in November (Ethical Consumption) as well as our Just Gifts Christmas Appeal project.

As many justice issues as we have here in our local communities, I can never escape the heavy burden of poverty, war and famine that rests on too many in the developing world. Millions are dying from preventable disease and malnourishment, and we must begin to re-examine our own priorities to ensure the lives of so many can be saved. Yes, it is about our own personal decisions about how and where we spend our money, but it is also the pressure we place on our political leaders to take the needs and interests of others into consideration alongside our own. We need individual and collective action to begin to close the ever widening gap between the rich and poor, and if the catalyst is not going to be the complete collapse of the world economy, it might just have to be the good will of both the individual, and of humankind.

I encourage you to check out the blog that includes the quote above (http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/sachs180/English) and let it stir you into action for those you may never meet, but who would really appreciate your attention none the less.

Till next time,

Captain Gen Peterson
Territorial Social Justice Director

Just Salvos Webcasts:

Surrender Conference 2012 – http://youtu.be/ue7QuO5Hff8
Youth Justice - http://youtu.be/dligYNcd2rg
Mission Australia – http://youtu.be/h7FSebTicb4
International Social Justice Commission – http://youtu.be/3rR5iT-fcoU
Inside Christmas Island - http://youtu.be/yA4T30M-ecw

Is there a topic that you would like to see discussed or a potential guest who you’d like us to interview? Email us at justsalvos@aus.salvationarmy.org to send along your ideas.

Resources:

Just Gifts Christmas Projects

Just Gifts has helped increase the health and wellbeing of thousands of families in some of the poorest communities in the world. Giving a gift from the Just Gifts catalogue this Christmas will not only reduce your shopping frustration, it will go a long way in changing the lives of others who so desperately need our help.

As well as purchasing from the catalogue, you can now team up in your church, workplace, family or friendship group and raise money for a specific community development project. With education as our focus, we have selected three Salvation Army projects and created a total target of $30000, and smaller targets within those projects for smaller fundraising teams.

Click here for more information.
Knock at the Door (Phil Laeger) - http://youtu.be/XH-ymRrNYxI
Here is the newest edition to our “Songs of Justice”.

Abolitionist Sunday - http://www.worldvision.com.au/Act/AttendEvents/AbolitionistSunday.aspx

Even though state-sanctioned slavery was outlawed over 200 years ago, human trafficking and slavery remains the third largest illegal industry in the world!

Get your church involved in Abolitionist Sunday this coming November, by registering online at the link above. Also check out the great resources they have for this upcoming event.

World Visionwww.worldvision.com.au

For resources on a variety of issues as well as ways to get involved, visit the well resourced World Vision website. Many issues are covered, including Human Trafficking which is linked below.

- Human trafficking

Coming up In October:

Special Dates:

World Mental Health Day
Week Without Violence
World Hunger Relief Week
World Food Day
Anti-Poverty Week
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Events:

1.4 Billion Reasons Faith Presentation - October 5th, Perth

We are excited to be presenting the Global Poverty Project's 1.4 Billion Reasons at the Metro Church of Christ.

142 Beaufort St, Perth, Western Australia at 6:00pm.

1.4 Billion Reasons presentation to Christian youth/young adults. Where we hope to educate and inspire them to put their faith into action and see a world without extreme poverty within a generation.
Big Porn Inc Launch – Brisbane

Friday, 14 October 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spoon Deli Cafe, East Brisbane, Shop 6, Lytton Road, Brisbane

Speakers:

• Co-Editor Melinda Tankard Reist

• Queensland contributors: Clinical Psychologist Dr Robi Sonderegger and Collective Shout’s Melinda Liszewski

• BPI to be launched by: Scott Stephens, Editor, ABC Religion & Ethics Online

• MC: Girl With A Satchel blogger Erica Bartle

Finger food provided, drinks for purchase at bar

Tony Campolo 2 day Seminar
“Putting Faith to Work” – October 13th & 14th in Melbourne


Tony is the well known author and speaker who is much loved and respected in the Christian world. Tony is generously sharing some of his Australia visit with UNOH next year, and we are overjoyed to have him speak in our October seminar. Tony and our other speakers will challenge you to put faith to work, as they explore the Biblical teaching on putting “legs on your beliefs”. Cost: $100 or $70 for those on health care cards (or talk to us: we would rather you come than miss out!) At the UNOH building: factory 2/6-12 Airlie Ave, Dandenong. Booking person: Jim- jim@unoh.org;

Anti-Poverty Week

HUMAN RIGHTS AND POVERTY THE STATE OF THE NATION

Taking a human rights approach to challenging poverty and inequality in Australia ‐ what we can do … today.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011

Hosted by St Vincent de Paul Society

Gerald Ward House, 43 Prospect Street Box Hill

Start: 9.45am

Finish: 11.30am

The forum will be followed by Mass celebrated by Fr Bruce Duncan, starting at midday, all welcome
RSVP ‐ 17 October 2011

Livia Carusi

Mission Integra􀆟on Officer

St Vincent de Paul Society

03 9895 5859

livia.carusi@svdp‐vic.org.au
Keynote address: Dr Cassandra Goldie, Executive Officer, Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)

JUSTSalvos
Territorial Headquarters
95-99 Railway Rd (PO BOX 479) Blackburn Victoria 3130
justsalvos@aus.salvationary.org – +61 3 8878 4781- justsalvos.com

Just Salvos - Episode 29 - John Falzon



The Just Salvos crew talk to John Falzon of St Vincent de Paul.

27 September, 2011

Q&A on Collins: What makes liveable city?

After a hugely successful Q&A on Collins event last year, Urban Seed and Collins St Baptist Church are excited to announce that Q&A on Collins is back in 2011! Jon Faine (ABC Radio 774) is returning as moderator for a diverse panel, including Australian of the Year Simon McKeon, comedian Corinne Grant, CEO of the Committee for Melbourne Andrew MacLeod, Boonerwrung elder Carolyn Briggs, Muslim academic Susan Carland and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt.
Since the Melbourne was recently annouced as the "Most Livable City in the World," we will be asking the question, "What makes a liveable city?" You are invited to take part by submitting questions related to the topic to ask on the night. Send your questions to qandaoncollins@urbanseed.org or submit them via Twitter or Facebook.

The event will be held on 13 October, at Collins Street Baptist Church. Doors open for finger food at 6:15pm, and the forum will run 7-8:30pm. Entry is by a $12 donation, and all proceeds go to the work of Urban Seed. Join us for Q&A on Collins moderated by Jon Faine.

21 September, 2011

Just Salvos Episode 28 - Inside Christmas Island



As the political fight heats up over Asylum Seekers, we cut through the spin and get real stories from a real person who has seen it all.

An incredibly eye opening and moving JUSTSalvos webcast. We chat with Michelle Dimasi who has lived at Christmas Island, in Malaysia and in Afghanistan.

13 September, 2011

Just Salvos Episode 27 - Amanda Merrett



Melbourne girl Amanda Merrett joins us from New York where she is doing an internship with the The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission


We hear about what TSA is doing around the world and in particular, at the U.N!

Take 15 mins and be inspired by Amanda and her year-out with The Salvo's in New York!

06 September, 2011

Just Salvos Episode 26 - Mission Australia



Want a great start to your week?Be inspired by the visionary leadership of Mission Australia's CEO Toby Hall in this week's 15 min webcast.Toby shares Mission's broad "Transformational vision" for education, indigenous poverty, homelessness and more!

16 August, 2011

Just Salvos Episode 24 - Surrender



Today Gen speaks to Dusk from Surrender about the work of Surrender in our community.

Just Salvos Episode 25 - Youth Justice



Just Salvos Episode 25 - Youth Justice - Kris talks to Viv Benjamin from Tear Australia, Anthony Castle from the Salvation Army and Sam Koh from We Don't Care Inc about youth and how they can be involved in social justice.

03 August, 2011

JUSTSalvos eNewsletter - August Edition


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Just Salvos E-newsletter – August Edition

“…In the early 1780s, slavery was an unquestioned part of the global landscape – and then, astonishingly, within a decade, slavery was at the top of the British national agenda. The tide turned, and Britain banned the slave trade in 1807 and in 1833 became one of the first nations to emancipate its own slaves.

For more than half a century, the British public bore tremendous costs for their moral leadership. On the eve of the British abolition of slave-trading, British ships carried 52 percent of the slaves transported across the Atlantic, and British colonies produce 55 percent of the world’s sugar. Without new slaves, the British colonies in the New World were devastated, and Britain’s great enemy, France, benefited enormously. So did the United States. Sugar production in the British West Indies fell 25 percent in the first thirty-five years after Britain’s abolition of the slave trade, while production in competing slave economics rose by 210 percent…

…Two scholars, Chaim Kaufmann and Robert Pape, calculate that for sixty years Britain sacrificed an annual average of 1.8 percentage points of its GNP because of its moral commitment to ending slavery. That is an astonishing total, cumulatively amounting to more than an entire year’s GNP for Great Britain (for the United States today, it would be the equivalent of sacrificing more than $14 trillion), a significant and sustained sacrifice in the British standard of living. It was a heroic example of a nation placing its values above its interests.” (‘Half The Sky’, Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn)

Sometimes we have to think more ethically than economically. Sometimes the “right” thing isn’t always the “smart” thing, as in the case of Britain sacrificing their standard of living by abolishing the slave trade.

Making the change will require sacrifice.

Just Salvos Webcasts:

Human Trafficking – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDOACEjaZRk

Indigenous Issues (Bob Katter) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFVKtScasIQ

Mission (John Smith) - http://youtu.be/7I5bJhpIM0g

Is there a topic that you would like to see discussed or a potential guest who you’d like us to interview? Email us at justsalvos@aus.salvationarmy.org to send along your ideas.

Human Trafficking Pack

Just Salvos Live Episode - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDOACEjaZRk

Prayer Guide - http://salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/downloads/Human_Trafficking/Human_Trafficking_prayer_.guide.pdf

Information Booklet - http://salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/downloads/Human_Trafficking/acts-pack.pdf

‘Freedom’ by Matt Leeder – http://youtu.be/tl7otYAcjDI

For more resources and downloads please visit our website at justsalvos.com

Suicide Prevention Resources



Hope for Life (Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Support) have put out a lot of helpful resources. Please check out the link for more information and to download resources. http://suicideprevention.salvos.org.au/resources

Half The Sky




“Half the Sky” is a book we’ve been reading at JUSTSalvos lately that is both challenging and informative.

‘Half the Sky lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute. We know there are many worthy causes competing for attention in the world. We focus on this one because this kind of oppression feels transcendent – and so does the opportunity. Outsiders can truly make a difference.’ http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

Visit the above website for more information about this book, and the movement.

Coming up:

Special Dates:

Homeless Persons Week - http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/site/HPW%202011.php

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/

40 Hour Famine - http://www.worldvision.com.au/40HourFamine.aspx

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition - http://www.hrea.org/index.php?doc_id=1097

Events:

Visit http://salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/p/?p=49

Start The Music - Stop The Traffick

27 July, 2011

Just Salvos EP23 - John Smith



Here is this weeks episode of Just Salvos webcast. Watch as John Smith, CEO of Concern Australia, talks about mission.

22 July, 2011

Call to Prayer for Peace

Sunday 18 September 2011


'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God'
Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

General Linda Bond has called The Salvation Army to pray for peace and for victims of sex trade trafficking. A Sunday in September has been set aside for each prayer focus – the fifth year that this has happened.

On Sunday 18 September the international Salvation Army is encouraged to respond to a Call to Prayer for Peace, focusing on the above Bible verse.

Call to Prayer for Victims of Sex Trade Trafficking


Sunday 25 September 2011
'I have come that they may have life'
John 10:10 (NIV)
General Linda Bond has called The Salvation Army to pray for peace and for victims of sex trade trafficking. A Sunday in September has been set aside for each prayer focus – the fifth year that this has happened.
On Sunday 25 September the international Salvation Army is encouraged to respond to a Call to Prayer for Victims of Sex Trade Trafficking, focusing on the above Bible verse.
For more information click here.

Traffickers exploit Myanmar's poor



Only 3 minutes and worth your time. Just another reminder of how trafficking works, and how important it is for us to both care, and act!

19 July, 2011

Resources « Hope for Life


Hope for Life (Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Support) have put out a lot of helpful resources. Please check out the link for more information and to download resources.

Resources « Hope for Life

Human Trafficking and Servitude Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday 26 July 2011

Time: 5.45pm arrival for 6.00pm start
Location: Mallesons Stephens Jaques Level 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free
RSVP: nedamonshat@gmail.com by 21 July 2011

Click Here fore more details

15 July, 2011

Generation Next Conference

Friday 22nd July, 2011 • 9.00am – 5.00pm



Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney

Topics this year include major and current issues

Mental Health Red Flags

Strategies to Keep Kids Safe Online

Violence in the Media and its Impact on Children — The Evidence is In

Boy Culture and its Impact on Wellbeing

Depression-Proofing our Kids

Mental Health Needs of Girls in the 21st Century

Promoting Positive Parent/Child Relationships

Consumerism & Mental Health, What Can We Do?

Australia's leading experts in one event

Dr John Irvine, Psychologist and Teacher

Susan McLean, Cybersafety Expert

Dr Wayne Warburton, Psychologist

Maggie Hamilton, Author & Researcher

Andrew Fuller, MindMatters Ambassador

Steve Biddulph, Psychologist

Jo Lamble, Clinical Psychologist, Relationship Expert Channel 7

Richard Eckersley, Founding Director of Australia 21

For more information click here

John Farnham - "You're The Voice" - ORIGINAL VIDEO - HQ



In the spirit of our 'songs of justice' project, I have been brainstorming awesome songs with a justice theme. Let's start in the 80's :-) John really rocked it with this great message of advocacy, and the need for unity to change the injustice in our world. Good listening!!

12 July, 2011

June Pack - Human Trafficking

The resource pack for June is on the issue of Human Trafficking.

Available resources are:

Just Salvos Live Episode 21 - Trafficking

Human Trafficking Prayer Guide

Song & Clip: Freedom By Matt Leeder

Human Trafficking - Freedom



A song by Matt Leeder, with visual clips to help reflect on the issue of Human Trafficking.

Human Trafficking - Prayer Guide

Scripture, prayers and reflections to help us pray through

the difficult issue of Human Trafficking.

Prayer Guide

Indigenous - Indigenous Issues & Facts

A one page publication put out by The Salvation Army regarding Indigenous Issues and facts.

Indigenous Issues

Indigenous - Policy Statement

The Salvation Army's Policy Statement regarding Australian Aboriginal Peoples Ministries.

Policy Statement

Indigenous - A short History of Army Involvement

A short history of The Salvation Army's involvement in Indigenous Ministries.

History of Army Involvement

Indigenous - Think Piece

A theological think piece highlighting the deep need for the recognition and acceptance of Aboriginal Australians.

Think Piece

Indigenous - Seniors Curriculum

A great resource for Home league, companion clubs, or other seniors groups focusing on the theme ‘The First Australians’

Seniors Curriculum

Famous Indigenous Australians Powerpoint

Indigenous People's Fact Sheet

Pipeline Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Painting

The Salvation Army Media Release for Apology

Indigenous - Children's Curriculum

This material can be used for Sunday School, Kid's church or Kid's club, and will help children understand both the issue, and why they should help.

Children's Curriculum

Indigenous - Sermon Outline

A sermon planned for your Corps Officer that talks through many of the relevant scriptural and social components of Indigenous issues. 

Sermon Outline

Sermon Powerpoint

Indigenous - Prayer Guide


Scripture, prayers and reflections to help us pray through God’s reconciliation for our nation.

Prayer Guide

Brothel Support Teams - Information Session

Interested in attending an information morning to find out about how you can get involved with The Salvation Army’s Brothel Support Teams and ministry to women connected with the Sex Industry in Australia?

Saturday 6th August, 10:00-1230.
Campberwell Salvation Army

Click here for more information.

08 July, 2011

JustSalvos Live - 2011 Ep 21 - Trafficking



Today Just Salvos talk about Trafficking with Jarrod McKenna and Ruth Constantine

Indigenous Pack




The JUSTSalvos Indigenous Pack is now available online.

Visit the downloads section of justsalvos.com for a complete list of what is available.

Prayer Guide: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/Indigenous/JSA021_Prayer_Guide_-_indigenous_v3.pdf
Sermon Outline: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/Indigenous/SermonOutline_NAIDOC.pdf
Sermon Powerpoint: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/Indigenous/SermonPres_indigenous.ppt
Children's Curriculum: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/Indigenous/JSA023_Kids_-_Indigenous_v2.pdf
Seniors Curriculum: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/Indigenous/JSA021_Seniors_-_Indigenous_v1.pdf
Think Piece: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/Indigenous/JSA021Think_piece_-_Indigenous_v3.pdf
Policy Statement: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/Indigenous/policy_statement_australian_aboriginal_peoples_ministries.pdf
Indigenous Ministries History: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/Indigenous/indigenous_ministry_history.pdf
Just Salvos Live Episode 9 (with Tim Costello): http://youtu.be/jfK9VEholrY

JUSTSalvos Enewsletter - July Edition

JUSTSalvos
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Blackburn Victoria 3130

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Just Salvos E-newsletter – July Edition
Hello again to you all,
The following newsletter is packed full of resources, updates and events that you can get involved in.  We hope you take a few minutes to work your way through the information, and hope too that it helps you in your journey towards a fairer world.
Just Salvos Live Episodes:
Tear Australia – http://youtu.be/dseJmCS4aUY
Indigenous Pack
Website 
Our new website is up and running. New features include a search bar to scan through what’s available, a “Take Action” section which includes JustLose, Events, and ways to get involved, and a “Links” section where we list some helpful places to find out more information about various issues.
Our blog (www.justsalvosaus.blogspot.com) has also been updated and has a search bar as well as a list of labels to help with searching through our archived blogs.
Visit our website at www.justsalvos.com to catch up on the blog, video and facebook feed, to order Just Gifts, and to download any of our resources.
Sally Ann
The Salvation Army is partnering with some of the world’s poorest people and providing the hand-up for them to trade their way out of poverty. ‘Sally Ann’ Fair Trade by The Salvation Army provides a fair and sustainable income allowing developing world producers to lift themselves out of the poverty trap.
We are currently selling some of the Sally Ann Fairtrade products through out website. Visit http://salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/p/?p=45 for more information about Sally Ann, to view the products, and to put through an order.
Just Gifts
We have recently received a report from the Zambia Territory in regards to how their community has been transformed due to the purchasing of some pigs.

The funds were sent to Chikankata high school, where they were able to purchase four new pigs, as well as food and medicine for them.  This project has helped the school by acting as an income generating projects to meet some of their needs.

This is but one example of how your funds are transforming communities around the world. Thank you for those who have bought pigs that have gone to supporting the Chikankata high school.
To see photos visit justsalvosaus.blogspot.com or to order Just Gifts visit https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/justgifts/
New resource: 
Surrender:11 DVD and MP3 is now available. Watch all the main session PLUS audio of the main sessions, Bible studies and selected workshops. A great study or service resource presented by SURRENDER.
For more information, and to place your orders visit the Surrender website: http://surrender.org.au/
“Go Back to Where You Came From”
‘Six ordinary Australians agree to challenge their preconceived notions about refugees and asylum seekers by embarking on a confronting 25-day journey. Tracing in reverse the journeys that refugees have taken to reach Australia, they travel to some of the most dangerous and desperate corners of the world, with no idea what is in store for them along the way.’
View this fantastic documentary on the SBS website at www.sbs.com.au/go-back
Coming up:
Special Dates:
Nelson Mandela International Day - http://www.nelsonmandela.org/mandeladay/index.html
International Day of Prayer for Children - http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/corpsresources/post.asp?post=862
Events:
Mick is a New Zealander who has had decades of ministry both overseas, and locally. He is a radical disciple for Christ, who will challenge, provoke, ruffle, and inspire you. Cost: $60 or $40 for those on health care cards (or talk to us!) At the UNOH building: factory 2/6-12 Airlie Ave, Dandenong. Booking person: jim- jim@unoh.org; (Stay around for the evening as well: an “Open night” with Mick at the same location.)

This two day discernment time is a most valuable experience for all who do it. You spend time reflecting on:
- where you have come from, what/who has shaped you and made you
- where you are now
- where you might be headed
- who you might want to travel with in the days ahead
Sydney: Sep 30th and Oct 1st (a Friday and Saturday)
Questions or bookings, contact Jon Owen: jonowen@unoh.org;
Melbourne:August 26th and 27th (a Friday and Saturday)
Questions or bookings, contact Naomi Dekker: naomi@unoh.org;
Auckland:August 5th and 6th (a Friday and Saturday)
Questions or bookings, contact Dave Tims: d.tims@unoh.org

Thought Matters Conference – 2-4 September (Booth College)
Brought to you by The Salvation Army Tri-Territorial Theological Forum

The conference organisers invite Salvationists from New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Australia to explore biblical, historical and missions-based perspectives and to engage together in the development of our theologies of social justice. This is an interactive conference including presentations of papers, question and answer times, facilitated discussion, worship and debate. Join us in the conversation!

http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/explore-connect/community-hub/thought-matters/

MICAH CHALLENGE NATIONAL GATHERING
17-20 September 2011, CANBERRA
For more information and to register, please click here.

Tony is the well known author and speaker who is much loved and respected in the Christian world. Tony is generously sharing some of his Australia visit with UNOH next year, and we are overjoyed to have him speak in our October seminar. Tony and our other speakers will challenge you to put faith to work, as they explore the Biblical teaching on putting “legs on your beliefs”. Cost: $100 or $70 for those on health care cards (or talk to us: we would rather you come than miss out!) At the UNOH building: factory 2/6-12 Airlie Ave, Dandenong. Booking person: Jim- jim@unoh.org
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May God fill you with the passion, grace, skills and inclination to love your neighbours, regardless of the personal cost.  I pray that you have the eyes to see where God is moving, and the heart to follow him wherever he leads you.  

06 July, 2011

Should Christians be at the forefront?

This is a blog written by JUSTSalvos friend Steve Cooke, taken from http://www.voteforothers.com/

"Recently I've been involved in a series of discussions around faith and activism - how the Christian faith is involved in bringing about social change. The conversations that spurred from these events have been really encouraging and I've loved delving a little deeper into questions of Christian activism, especially with those who would not label themselves as Christian.

I suspect I will write a number of posts relating to this topic, but today, I want to reflect a little on one of the most common questions that came up in these conversations. The question is whether there is particular reason that Christians should be more involved in confronting social injustice than people of different faiths and world views.

In other words, do Christians make better activists than those who aren't Christians? Will social change will not come about unless "the church" is involved?

I often wish that this was true, especially in my own life, but it's actually not what I mean at all.

I do, however, believe that Christians should be at the forefront of bringing about social change. Why? Because that's what discipleship calls for.

When I look at the example of Jesus, he was constantly challenging the unjust systems of society; unjust systems that flourished because relationship between neighbours had been broken and relationships between levels of power had been abused. The practice of living a "religious" life in Jesus' culture had been so corrupted that the very act of doing good actually meant you needed to break religious rules!

In the opening chapters of the book of Mark you see Jesus healing people and doing acts of mercy and justice, but he was breaking the laws of the sabbath to do so. Immediately he becomes an "enemy" of the religious leaders because of his breaking of these laws, and his claim of authority to do so.

Jesus was not a social activist who ran around looking for things to complain about, things to change. Instead, he was ushering in the Kingdom of God and challenging things that were not in-line with what God would want for this world. As it says in Ephesians, he was walking with the full armour of God and standing against the devils schemes - both personally and publicly.

If Christians are disciples of Jesus, do we have much choice but to walk the same beautiful path?

Do Christians inherently make the best social activists? No. But if they are disciples of Jesus, they will be at the forefront of seeking out injustice that doesn't exist in God's Kingdom and will take actions to end it.

When injustice exists, Christians should be amongst the first to discover it, the first the shed light on it, and the first to declare that in the midst of a narrative of pain, loss and anger, that there is good news! This is not the end of the story!

What's more, the bible says that Christians will also be empowered to challenge those things. Paul says that God's power is at work in the lives of Christ's followers (Eph 3:7 & 20 for example) as they live life according to God's will.

As Christians seek to follow Jesus they will inevitably find things that do not align with God's will for this world, and they will also be empowered to challenge those things, both personally and publicly.

If this is true, why would we expect Christians to be anywhere but on the front lines against injustice?"

- Steve Cooke

01 July, 2011

40 Day Justice Bible Reading Plan


It's the first of July! Could be a great day to start your 40 days on Justice Bible Reading Plan...

Just Salvos Live - 2011 Ep 20 - Just Lose





Our excessive pleasures enslave millions of people in the world"s largest slave trade in history, and enslave us to unhealthy and unfulfilled lives. Join us for a conversation on how to get healthy while also engaging in justice for others as we invite you into the Just Lose initiative.

28 June, 2011

Just Gifts - Pig Report

Thank you to the many who continue to give to Just Gifts.

We have recently received a report from the Zambia Territory in regards to how their community has been transformed due to the purchasing of some pigs.

The funds were sent to Chikankata high school, where they were able to purchase four new pigs, as well as food and medicine for them.  This project has helped the school by acting as an income generating projects to meet some of their needs.

This is but one example of how your funds are transforming communities around the world. Thank you for those who have bought pigs that have gone to supporting the Chikankata high school.


Shiny Happy People

Posing a parable

The Salvation Army’s international mission acknowledges that it is ‘an international movement [and] an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church’. ‘Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination.’

In consideration of an understanding of the final clause, meeting ‘human needs in [Christ’s] name without discrimination’, we offer a modern parable.

A parable of us and them

Once upon a time, deep inside a forest, long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there lived a tribe of shiny happy people. They called themselves, duly inspired, the Shiny Happy People.
The Shiny Happy People dug in the rich loamy soil of the forest floor for mushrooms, grubs and dewlip berries dropped on the forest floor. They hunted from the top of the forest’s leafy bowers (for the flighty yet meaty breadfruitgobbler birds) to the surrounding plains (for the succulent little honeybee hogs). The Shinies knew they had it good. They felt blessed by their richness of their lives, the closeness of their familial ties, and the Great Spirit whom they worshipped in the best possible way.

Upon the face of this best of all possible worlds, there lived in the neighbouring forest a tribe of similarly shiny happy people who also called themselves, without qualm or concern, the Shiny Happy People. These other ‘Shinies’ (for thusly they also abbreviated themselves) were fewer in number, but just as Shiny. They knew in their hearts of hearts that they were truly blessed by the richness of their lives, the closeness of their familial ties, and the Great Spirit whom they worshipped in the best possible way.
They, too, were keen on shrooms and grubs and dewlip berries dropped on the forest floor. They also hunted those meaty breadfruitgobbler birds and the afore-mentioned succulent honeybee hogs.

There were few discernible differences between these happy tribes. They all cared for their own. They all hunted and gathered conscientiously. They all sought the happy guidance of the Great Spirit. The distinguishing feature? One clan had very pretty vestigial tails, which they wagged stumpily as they ate their dinners. The other clan had long, cute, prehensile tails from which they swung merrily as they chowed down.

Conflict arose, as it tends to do in all such sagas, over the primacy of ‘Shininess’. Who was more righteous in the Great Spirit’s eyes, and therefore more worthy of the plumpest little honeybee hogs and the ripest of the dewlip berries? While there was plenty to go around, was either group more worthy to receive it?

There was no doubt in the minds of both parties that they were who they were because of the Great Spirit’s largesse, and that they had received their natures from a benevolent provider of grace and gifts. A nasty little war ensued.

Toes were crushed, fur flew, noses were bloodied and tails were tweaked, singed, jumped on and broken. In many cases lives were lost.

Once the forest had resounded with the sounds of laughter, industry and the happy munching, slurping and gobbling sounds of contented folk. Now there was the noise of bitter tears, the wails of mourning and the crackling of funereal pyres.

Shinies were dulled, clobbered by grief. They seemed unable, or unwilling, to unearth a common truth: each other’s tails were equally valid.

Welcome but long past due, a forlorn peace broke out; stumbling forth like welcome birdsong on a cold morning. There was but a handful of ‘lesser Shinies’ present to greet and enjoy it. The majority of their set-upon families were killed or long gone, choosing exile over terror.

When two tribes go to war there are no victors. All fall victim to hatred’s flames and the life-denying pettiness of fear.

The bottom line? The forest floor is big enough for all Shiny Happy Peoples.

Barry Gittins, territorial social programme and policy consultant – researcher/writer, The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory’s Social Programme Department.

24 June, 2011

Faith and Activism Roadshow Victoria


Coming up next Thursday 30th of June at North Fitzroy Community Church, 75 Reid Street, Fitzroy, Victoria.

Speakers are:

Jarrod McKenna, World Vision Australia Advisor Faith Youth Activism


Steven Cooke, World Vision Australia Campaign Leader – Christian Advocacy

Brett Louise Woods, National Director, Vision Generation

For more information visit:
http://www.vgen.org/2011/06/what%E2%80%99s-faith-got-to-do-with-activism/
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=191867377528423

22 June, 2011

JustSalvos Live - 2011 Ep 19 - Child Health




This week, Gen is joined by Steve Cooke and Esther Indriani from World Vision to discuss Child Health in the Asia Pacific region and the Millennium Development Goals.

Surrender:11 DVD & MP3

Surrender: 11 DVD & MP3 now available.


Watch all the main session PLUS audio of the main sessions, Bible studies and selected workshops. A great study or service resource presented by SURRENDER.

Click here for an order form.

Place your orders at http://www.surrender.org.au/