NEW HOPE IN THE CHURCH

NEW HOPE IN THE CHURCH

by The Warehouse

Walking into the old church community hall of St Peters Anglican Church in the heart of Mowbray on a Thursday evening, one will be welcomed by a community of people who gather to eat a wholesome hot meal together each week. Many live on the streets, some live in houses nearby and further afield. All want to share this meal and weekly connection. Rather than the traditional ‘soup kitchen’, the church have been gathering to eat together for eight years now. 

But if you walk into that hall today, you will see mattresses, room dividers and a cosy set up that has provided a safe community for ten men who live on the streets to weather the COVID-19 storm. As has been aptly said, we are all facing the same storm, but the boats in which we face the storm are worlds apart. 

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Season of creation

Season of Creation

Introduction

Thank you for bringing your community together for the Season of Creation. Each year from September 1 to October 4, the Christian family unites for this worldwide celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home. As followers of Christ from around the globe, we share a common role as caretakers of God’s creation. We see that our wellbeing is interwoven with its wellbeing. We rejoice in this opportunity to care for our common home and the sisters and brothers who share it.

This year, the theme for the season is “Jubilee for the Earth”. We invite you to consider the integral relationship between rest for the Earth and ecological, economic, social and political ways of living. This particular year, the need for just and sustainable systems has been revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We yearn for the moral imagination that accompanies the Jubilee.

This guide will help you learn about the season and plan to celebrate it. More resources, including webinars and prayer services, a Facebook group, and photos, are available online. Please visit SeasonOfCreation.org to access all the materials.

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MOBLISING THE CHURCH FOR CARE-GIVING

MOBLISING THE CHURCH FOR CARE-GIVING

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Oum Vutha and Rosalie Thompson, Innerchange Sunrise Program

In 2001 CRM/ InnerCHANGE started SUNRISE, a home based care program for HIV/AIDS clients, in response to God's call: To minister holistically to those with HIV/AIDS in Kompong Cham city, by rising up and equipping local church leaders and laity to model the love and restoration of Jesus Christ, through Word and deed. Sunrise was started when it was found there was a need for people who were poor, and had no one to care for them while dying from AIDS. It was called Sunrise because of the scripture in Luke 1:78-79…which says the rising of the sun will shine on those living in the shadow of death. The aim is to love, care and nurture the poor within the city and to give respite care to those who have no one to care for them at home. Read the article
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CONNECTING CHURCHES WORLDWIDE MEANINGFULLY TO COMMUNITY NEEDS

CONNECTING CHURCHES WORLDWIDE MEANINGFULLY TO COMMUNITY NEEDS

By Ida Kaastra Mutoigo, CoDirector for World Renew (CRWRC) This paper and session intends to answer the following questions: What are the 3 major ways that churches can connect to community needs? What are the habits of highly effective partnerships between churches and communities especially at a global level? What criteria can be used by churches to discern whether a service and learning opportunity is suitable for building meaningful partnerships? Read
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CHURCH AND COMMUNITY

CHURCH AND COMMUNITY

By David Coffey
2006

You have asked me to address the subject of Church and Community, and I suggest that we begin by admitting that humanly speaking the task of changing anything in the world is beyond us. This is not the same as the defeatist manner which is overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges. 

There are Christians who see the devastating effects of war and poverty and disease, and think the Church is powerless to do anything. I am not recommending a helpless defeatism which walks away from a wounded world. I am suggesting that a position of vulnerability is a good place for the church to begin. We can’t be partners in God’s work and then insist on doing it our way.

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Church and Community Mobilisation to Build Resilient Communities in SE Asia

Church and Community Mobilisation to Build Resilient Communities in SE Asia

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Debora Suparni - Director, Yayasan Sion - Indonesia

Arshinta Soemarsono - Director, YAKKUM - Indonesia

Norman Franklin C. Agustin - Director, Lingap Pangkabataan - Philippines

Fennelien Stal - Impact & Learning Coordinator – Country lead Indonesia & the Philippines, Tear NL - Netherlands

 October 2016 & September 2018

Since 2016 Yayasan Sion, YAKKUM, LPI and Tear Netherlands have gained valuable experience on establishing a network and a CoP to support churches to build resilient communities through Church and Community Mobilisation processes. They would like to share their experiences to promote this integrated, locally owned and church based approach to resilience building, to make recommendations as well as welcoming discussion and feedback of colleague organisations.  Read the Consultation to Assess possibilities Read the Church and Community Mobilisation in Cooperation Read the Final Report
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Building Resilience with local Churches and Communities

Building Resilience with local Churches and Communities

by Jané Mackenzie - July 2018

This report will unpack some of the learning and reflections gleaned by our staff, peer agencies, partners and community members around how we can partner with churches and communities to build resilience. This is an evolving process. Our aim with this report is to reflect and share where we are at, and to share our learning and plans going forward. Read the paper
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