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

Territorial Headquarter
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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
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
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!


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
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.