St Ninian's Uniting Church

cnr Mouat and Brigalow Sts, LYNEHAM, ACT

             Social Justice at St Ninian's

 
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Fri 17th & Sat 18th June, 2016
9am - 1pm

One of the issues presently being discussed at St Ninian's Social Action meetings is


Affordable Housing

What is the issue?

The provision of secure and affordable housing is a basic human right. It is essential to our wellbeing and quality of life as human beings. In NSW and the ACT we are facing a housing crisis and the effects of this are felt across the social spectrum but the most severe consequences fall on low income and disadvantaged households. Without stable housing, it is difficult to care for your family, gain employment or remain engaged with education or training. Some quick facts about housing in NSW and the ACT:

  • More than one million people on low incomes are in housing stress, defined as having to spend more than 30% of income on housing costs.
  • There are 55,000 eligible households on a waiting list for public housing, with a 10-year waiting list in some areas of NSW.
  • From 2000 – 2010 house prices increased by 147% while incomes increased by only 57%.
What is the Uniting Church doing about it?

The Uniting Church Synod of NSW ACT Social Justice Forum identifies affordable housing as a critical social justice issue. It has joined with Sydney Alliance in a campaign calling on the NSW Government to take action on affordable housing. 

In the initial stages of the Uniting Affordable Housing campaign, representatives of the Forum are conducting Table Talks conducted across the Synod to discuss how we as a church respond to this issue. The talks are designed to gather a broad range of stories and experiences of housing stress, and to generate ideas for local action, service development and advocacy.

In March 2014 UnitingCare Children, Young People and Familes contributed a submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Social Housing, Affordable Housing and has developed a policy paper to provide background to the housing affordability crisis in NSW. You can view these in the links section below.

How can I support the campaign?

1. Sign up to receive updates about housing affordability through the Social Justice Forum

2. Follow the action on Facebook and Twitter, and share with your networks to help spread the word.

3. If you are interested in hosting a Table Talk on housing and homelessness in your congregation or would like more information please email: socialjustice@unitingcarenswact.org.au or call Gabe Kavanagh on 0477 717 170.  

 

 

BREAK THE SILENCE ON REFUGEES
Christian Churches join with the Canberra Refugee Action Committee campaign to bring about a just and humane policy towards asylum seekers and refugees.  A public forum -  Refugees: What would Jesus do? What should we do?  was held on 25 February and brought together speakers from the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, The Uniting Church, The Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the Canberra Baptist Church and the Refugee Action Committee. The ACCC was overflowing with concerned people.  We are all asked to add our voice calling for justice and compassion for refugees and asylum seekers 

Link to Refugee Action Committee
Link to UnitingJustice
Uniting Church Assembly media release here

GIVE HOPE CAMPAIGN
END CHILD DETENTION

Contribution of a patch for the quilt to be made up and presented to Federal Parliament as part of the GIVE HOPE campaign of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW, ACT UnitingCare NSW, ACT and Uniting Justice.  This patch was designed by members of St Ninian's Social Action Group and drawn and painted by Beth Roberts.

November, 2013

 

PAST SOCIAL JUSTICE SEMINARS/FORUMS

Living Options for Ageing Canberrans - Thursday 14th April, 2016, 10am - 2.30pm  Program here

INFORMATION EVENING - Blindness and how it affects the vision impaired and those around them - Speaker Katie Brown from the ACT Blind Society - Tues 15th October,2013 5pm

Forced Adoptions - Do Public Apologies Help? -held on Monday 10th September, 2012, 7.30pm  more info

The Church, The State, The Media - Who sets the Nation’s Social Justice Agenda? 

Caring or Carking it: Why we can and must build a more caring economy.

Fresh is Best - Community Gardens and Farmers' Markets, Wednesday 25 August 2010.  
More information  & audio of the evening >>

Senior Years: Be Prepared, Wednesdays 8th and 15th June, 2011

 


 

Service Times

Sundays

9:30 am

  • Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month

  • Worship at the 9:30am service includes a choir anthem and features a pipe organ.