Posts Tagged ‘Social Justice Week’

Prepare for the Election: Reflect on Catholic social teaching

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
social teaching

With this year’s General Election approaching, voters are preparing and reflecting on who to vote for. Catholic social teaching is an essential body of thought that offers some insight on how to think about today’s social issues. Social Justice Week runs from 6-12 September and is based on the theme of Catholic social teaching. Caritas Read more

Don’t just sit there – do something

Thursday, September 5th, 2019
social justice

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is using this year’s Social Justice Week theme of fairness to ask hard questions of everyone. The call is for everyone to consider what they can do to make workplaces, schools and communities fair places for all. People are challenged to see, hear, and experience the lived reality of people, naming Read more

Workshops about disability and participation – everyone has a role to play

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

People with disabilities want to be treated as people first – rather than by being defined by impairment and everyone has a role to play in helping bring that to fruition. That was the message from the 2018 Social Justice Week Workshop held last Saturday at St Thomas More Parish Church in Mt. Maunganui. Caritas Read more

DHB tells employee not to attend Social Justice forum

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
social justice

MidCentral District Health Board instructed a Palmerston North social worker not to attend a social justice workshop. The forum was run by the Palmerston North Catholic Diocesan Justice, Peace and Development Commission in collaboration with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand as part of Social Justice Week activities. As part of a general election candidates’ debate, social Read more

Is NZ as friendly as we like to think it is? A question for Social Justice week

Thursday, September 7th, 2017
Social Justice

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are inviting people to act on the challenge issued by Pope Francis this coming week – Social Justice week: “Weave bonds of belonging in our local community.” New Zealanders pride themselves on being friendly, but not everyone experiences a sense of community or connection. The 2016 Quality of Life survey reveals Read more

Building community bonds in Dunedin South

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Dunedin South has its share of challenges. Last Saturday over 50 people gathered at the Mercy Parish community centre in Dunedin South to discuss how they could  empower their communities to respond locally and ‘weave bonds of belonging’. They heard about what one participant described as an oncoming “demographic tsunami” of an aging population. Other Read more

Each of us has a migration story

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The Catholic Bishops of New Zealand have set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week. In 2016 it runs from 11-17 September. In 2015 the number of persons living in a country other than where they were born reached 244 million for the world as a whole, a 41 per cent increase compared to Read more

Poverty and Justice Bible launch – a call to action

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Cardinal John Dew challenged the 400 strong congregation attending the launch of the new Poverty and Justice Bible to take up the cross of others who are struggling and to act on God’s Word. Even before the launch Bible Society had sold 220 Bibles which funds the 220 copies that will be given to people Read more

Family poverty – 26,000 kiwi kids in poverty

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

This week is Social Justice week. The focus this year is family poverty. Almost a quarter of all New Zealand families with children experience income poverty. 2014 Child Poverty Monitor That means that these families live on less than 60% of New Zealand’s mean income. Only 37% of the adults in these families are in paid Read more

350 expected at Poverty and Justice Bible launch

Friday, August 21st, 2015

A Poverty and Justice Bible campaign will be officially launched by Cardinal John Dew in Wellington on 13 September to coincide with the start of Social Justice Week. The campaign, jointly developed by Bible Society New Zealand and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, centres around a new catholic Poverty and Justice Bible. It is estimated up to Read more