11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today's Gospel, Jesus describes the hidden growth of seeds. One wonders if he had an outrageous sense of humour or had no clue about farming as mustard sabotages whatever crops are in its path. But the parable is meant to stimulate our curiosity and upend preconceptions.  It is about the reign or ‘reigning of God’ which has no geography takes over like an invasive weed because it is a force or power inherent in and permeating creation and God’s reign occurs out of sight of the powerful.

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World Environment Day

On World Environment Day 2024, our Senior Manager Advocacy and Research Corinne Fagueret has shared some of her thoughts below. But what are your reflections about World Environment Day? What are your thoughts, feelings and hopes? We'd love you to share on our Facebook page.
"Today is World Environment Day and I'm pretty sure i'm not the only one who believes that human beings , especially those of us living completely unsustainable, privileged lives in the Global North, are not at all where we should be in terms of our relationship with nature. Not only are we not anywhere near living sustainable lives that won't rob other species as well as our own future generations, but from where I sit, we' re not even having the right discussions about it. There is no doubt that an urgent transition from fossil fuels to renewables is absolutely critical but I can't help wondering- are we just replacing one problem with another? As well as being an energy crisis, the climate crisis is fundamentally a crisis of values- Greed v contentment, individualism v. Interconnectedness, profit v.the common good, infinite growth v. Finite resources. My hope for this World Environment Day is for a revolution of values."

Help asylum seekers like Amir to fight for their basic human rights

Amir* fled Iran in fear of his life. He came to Australia in search of freedom and safely. Instead, he was locked up in detention. Will you donate to help asylum seekers like Amir* fight for their basic human rights? Despite committing no crime, he spent many years behind bars. Without face-to-face contact with the people who he loves. Without access to the medical care that he needs. Please donate before June 30 to help make sure asylum seekers like Amir* get the fair and humane treatment they deserve in Australia: https://donate.erc.org.au/appeal24
*Story indicative of the experience of many asylum seekers. Name and image have been changed for privacy reasons.

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