Just Dates February

Supporting Febfast 2018

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

1-7 World Interfaith Harmony Week

2 World Wetlands Day

4 World Cancer Day

6 Waitangi Day Aotearoa New Zealand /  Safer Internet Day

12 Indigenous Freedom Ride Anniversary 1965  

12-18 Smart Eating Week

13 Stolen Generations Apology 2008 / World Radio Day

14 National Condom Day  / Ash Wednesday / Project Compassion

16 Chinese New Year [2018] [Year of the Earth Dog]

18 International Asperger’s Day

20 World Day of Social Justice / World Harmony Day

21  International Mother Language Day

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Just Dates January

 

Reflections for the 12 Days of Christmas

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During the 2017 Christmas Season I have published my series of reflections originally posted in 2012 . I hope you enjoy them and invite your response. Come back each of the 12 Days to read a new post.

First Day of Christmas

Second Day of Christmas: St Stephen

Third Day of Christmas

Fourth Day of Christmas

Fifth Day of Christmas

Sixth Day of Christmas

Seventh Day of Christmas

Eighth Day of Christmas

Ninth Day of Christmas

Tenth Day of Christmas

Eleventh Day of Christmas

Twelfth Day of Christmas

 

 

Celebrating Our Faith In Same Sex Commitment

On the day that the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing for same sex marriage it is worth remembering and celebrating the diversity of queer friendships that punctuate our religious history and heritage.

D1015D04-814F-4258-8962-2C14224CCCF8To honour this day I publish two of my fave icons of Saints Perpetua and Felicity next to Saints Sergius and Bacchus. These ancient martyrs have been revered and honoured for their witness to same sex affection, commitment and devotion.

My thanks to FB friend Paul Halsall who in 1997 published a comprehensive Calendar of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Saints

We who are people of faith celebrating our diverse sexuality can look back to a rich history of mentors and witnesses to the grace of love among our LGBTIQ ancestors.

On this historic day let us unite in prayerful thanks for this legislation and invite our Church to begin a new journey of affirmation of our love and commitment.

 

How can our government better support and foster human values?

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In the lead-up to the Queensland State elections on 25th November the Archdiocese of Brisbane has  launched a public forum inviting  discussion on public policy and Catholic values.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge encourages participation in these words:

” I warmly invite you to contribute your thoughts on the ways you believe the future Queensland Government could better support families, particularly those who support Catholic values. We would like to see improvements in learning and education from a future government that reflects the core values of decency towards Queenslanders. 

Your feedback can help to continue shaping an environment for our children, anchored among Catholic values that include respect for others”

 
The heading for the online forum points to “human values” yet the blurb invites a reflection on “Catholic values” This itself is a good starting point for conversation.  So, away you go. Let’s build this conversation. The link is here

Yes, November 2017

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“Yes” to Marriage Equality
“Yes” to Treaty with First Nations Peoples
“Yes” to ending off shore processing of refugees and asylum seekers
“Yes” to prison reform and restorative justice practices
“Yes” to economic justice and a living wage
“Yes” to environmental integrity and care for creation
“Yes” to inclusion and respect for differing abilities
“Yes” to a political culture that works for the common good
“Yes” to peace making rather than weapons and alliances with war makers
“Yes” to education that is creative, diverse and lifelong

Just Dates September

September is

27 August- 2 September  Legacy  Week 

1-7   Spina Bifeda Awareness Week

     Fathers Day

3 – 9 Child Protection Week

3-10 National Threatened Species Week

4 – 10 National Stroke Week

6      Indigenous Literacy Day

8     International Literacy Day /    White Balloon Day

10   World Suicide Prevention Day / RUOK Day

10 – 16  Disability Action Week Queensland

15 International Day of Democracy

16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

17-24 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

21 International Day of Peace

29 Death of John Pat in Roeburne Prison (1983) prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

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