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Social Responsibility Review – 14 August 2018

What’s coming up

September is the season of creation

From 1 September to 4 October Christians around the world celebrate the Season of Creation, uniting to pray and care for creation. This year’s theme is “Walking together”, and there are endless ways for your community to journey towards better care of our common home. How about hosting a prayer service, organising a litter clean-up, meditative walk, participating in a campaign or pledging to live more sustainably? The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania offer liturgies and other resources to help. 

Concert supports refugees

A concert is being presented by Teachers for Refugees and People seeking Asylum and the Refugee Action Collective featuring Rivermouth, The Hinterlanders, Phil Monsour, speakers and more. All proceeds from this benefit concert will provide refugee assistance through the Romero Centre and the Refugee Action Collective Queensland. Tickets are limited; book here. Kurilpa Hall, 1 September, 7 pm; $20/$10 concession (kids under 12 free).

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) lunch and seminar

The University of Queensland Centre for Children’s Health Research invites you to this free seminar on 7 September. Lunch is at 12 pm and the seminar starts at 1 pm. September is International FASD Awareness Month, and the seminar will draw attention to this important issue. There will be presentations from caregivers, clinicians and researchers who are all experts in the FASD field. Please RSVP here.

Week in review

Building a community, one English class at a time

Read about Zita, an immigrant from Hungary who settled in Chinchilla and has made a fabulous difference to the community as well as nearby towns. A great story. Watch the short video.

How parents can help prevent violence against women

Given the prevalence of gender-based violence in our communities, we must address traditional, rigid gender roles and stereotypes as a key action. This article discusses the importance of starting early, at home, to teach children about gender-appropriate attitudes and behaviours. It includes practical suggestions and resources.

Is your coffee Fairtrade?

Rev John Martin explores the link between Fairtrade and the Gospel, focusing on ways that congregations can be involved.

Female inmates being “sold out” to private prison industry

Brisbane Times reports that private prisons operator Serco has been given access to vulnerable female inmates inside the state-run Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre in Wacol in a bid to “directly market” its new private prison to them, according to a prison advocacy group.

Do not miss this!

Filthy Rich & Homeless is an honest and compassionate exploration of what it’s like to be homeless in Australia today as it shines a light on a part of our society often overlooked and ignored. Season Two is a special three-night event on SBS from 14 to 16 August.

Call to action

What do we do with our old batteries?

Apparently only three per cent of our used batteries are recycled in Australia. You can take household batteries to Aldi (AAA, AA, C, D and 9V). Battery World takes all kinds of dead batteries. They will even give you a cute mini bin to collect them at home or the office. We have one at home, sitting proudly on the bench. It is surprising just how many batteries we go through! Only a small action, but we need to keep used batteries out of landfill!

The future of food

TEAR has produced The Future of Food report to help you understand more about food, hunger, climate change and the part we can play in transforming our food system to be more sustainable.

Sign up to take action and download the report.

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