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Pray for Peace 
in Palestine-Israel this Christmas

You are invited to a service of prayer and reflection,

mandala-making and peace dancing,
at Noranda Uniting Church, Camboon Rd, Noranda
Saturday, 13 December, 11am, with lunch to follow.

 

For catering, please RSVP - ph 0427051101

Offering to Act for Peace

 

 

WA

~ A Pilgrimage to Living Stones ~

 

Wellspring Community Deputy Leader and Uniting Church Minister, Janelle Macgregor, will speak about her recent Solidarity trip to Palestine.

 

Saturday 1 November, 2-4pm

St Martins Uniting Church, Hale Road, Forrestfield

 

Statement of Support for Constitutional Reform

Wellspring Community Statement of Support for Constitution Reform

Authored April, 2013, accepted May 2013

Wellspring Community supports the proposed changes to the Australian Constitution which will recognise the First Australians, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as custodians of this land long before European settlement. Wellspring Community also supports the removal of discriminatory and racist clauses from the Constitution which currently allow the Australian Federal and State parliaments to enact laws which could discriminate against people on the basis of their race.

By accepting these changes, Australian citizens will acknowledge the unique languages, cultures and heritages of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their contributions to this nation. Wellspring Community urges Christians to become informed about the proposed amendments to the Australian Constitution, and to show solidarity with First Australians by talking with and listening to them, praying, speaking out, and writing about reforms to achieve healing and justice under the law for all people in our land.


From the Australian Human Rights Commission Fact Sheet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the Constitution

The Australian Constitution was intended to unite Australia under the original and continuing agreement of the Australian people, but the first peoples of Australia were not included in this agreement.

When the Australian Constitution was being drafted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were excluded from the discussions concerning the creation of a new nation to be situated on their ancestral lands and territories. The Australian Constitution also expressly discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Australian Constitution did not - and still does not - make adequate provision for Australia's first peoples.

The Australian Constitution has failed to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights as the first peoples of this country. For example, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA) has been compromised on three occasions: each time it has involved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. Most recently, the Constitution did not prevent the suspension of the RDA for the Northern Territory Emergency Response. Therefore, it was ineffective in protecting our peoples from the most fundamental of all freedoms, the freedom from discrimination.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have consistently fought to have their rights recognised and acknowledged by the Australian Government and the Australian people. Throughout Australia's history, many Australians have supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in these struggles. It is upon this historical foundation that Australians are now realising the need for constitutional change to address the lack of recognition and exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our nation's birth certificate.

At the federal level, bipartisan support for amending the Australian Constitution in this regard has been maintained since 2007.


Western Australia Cell Group

Cell Groups Western Australia

All Wellspring members and friends are encouraged to join cell groups where possible. People interested in joining, are welcome to attend cell groups.

  • WA cell group: Based in Perth area, but all WA members and friends are welcome. The group meets on odd-numbered months and December, sometimes in a public venue, a cafe in summertime, or member's home in colder months. Meetings in a public venue are on a topic relating to Reconciliation, Sustainability, Ecumenism/Interfaith; cafe or home meetings focus on Spirituality, and Hospitality and Healing.  

    For us, Wellspring Community is not about belonging to an organisation. It is a community where we share and support each other in a lifestyle and worldview we have in common.

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