The Southern Cross : September 2010
The Southern Cross September 2010 Page 9 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010 Dates: 20, 21, 22, 23 September Venue: Adelaide Festival Theatre Time: 7.30pm Tickets: Adult $31.85 Concession $22.65 Available through Bass from 27 August. Group bookings: special pricing for group bookings available through participating schools from 13 August. ̨ A three-course meal prepared by Muslims and Christians was served to more than 100 of Adelaide's homeless and disadvantaged at the Saint Mary Magdalene Centre in the city recently. The initiative is part of Building Bridges, a collaboration between the Adelaide Archdiocese and Ayn Academy, a local Muslim organisation. "The success of the Building Bridges program is proof that Muslims and Christians can work together constructively for the greater good," said program spokesperson Catherine Voumard. "Both religions see compassion as important. Here we are working together to show compassion to those who need it most." Ayn Academy director Sumeja Skaka said the project to help feed the homeless would continue into 2011. ̨ Regional OHS&W coordinators met in Port Pirie in July to discuss a range of safety issues. Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ opened the forum which was attended by co-ordinators from Riverton, Jamestown, Gladstone, Kapunda, Yorketown, Sevenhills, Peterborough, Barmera and Adelaide. There were many topics discussed such as preparations for events to celebrate the canonisation of Mary MacKillop and the need for risk assessments for events, the National Code of Practice for First Aid, the checking of the structural integrity of choir lofts and the new Work Health and Safety Act which will become law in January 2012. ̨ The Office for the Participation of Women, an agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in collaboration with Australian Catholic University, will hold the fourth Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship between January and May 2011 in Canberra. The Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship program aims to enhance the participation of young women in the Catholic Church, and foster both academic and faith formation for future female Church leaders. The fellowship is a live-in experience which includes academic, theological and spiritual formation components. The program is delivered through the Australian Catholic University's Signadou Campus in Canberra and fellowship recipients upon successful completion receive a Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Relations from the ACU. All accommodation, food and tuition are covered as part of this program, which is sponsored by some religious orders, Catholic agencies and foundations. Applications are open from now until October 8, 2010, for young Catholic women from mid-20's to mid-30's who are passionate about the involvement of women in Church. The flyer, application form and referee form are now available for download on the OPW website www.opw.catholic. org.au. ̨ The South Australian Government is providing $100,000 to promote and improve sites of significance relating to Mary MacKillop's life and work in South Australia. "South Australia is at the heart of Mary MacKillop's inspiring story," said Tourism Minister John Rau. "We have the greatest number of significant sites related to her life, including the establishment of the order of the Sisters of St Joseph and, of course, this is where her excommunication and re- nunciation took place." The South Australian Tourism Commission is working with tour operators to create holiday packages incorporating Mary MacKillop sites of significance and has been providing strategic event advice to ensure the events celebrating the canonisation are managed well for visitors and the community. By Rebecca DiGirolamo Bec Taylor first noticed Fair- trade coffee being offered at her university cafeteria last year. Within months the 19-year-old had campaigned to have the righteous coffee beans sold as the exclusive blend offered at three of Adelaide University's cafes. It means most of the thousands of dollars students spend annually on campus coffee will reach producers, mainly in third world countries, and producer co-operatives. The co-operatives fund community development in health, housing and education. "It's about making people realise consumer power is enormous and can help make people's living conditions more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable," says Bec. Now she is working on gaining Fair- trade accreditation for the entire university. Bec is one of four young people chosen as ambassadors for recipients of the St Vincent de Paul Social Justice Awards on September 1. Bec was nominated by the University of Adelaide and was chosen from 15 recipients of the St Louise de Marillac Award. The award recognises advocacy for social justice through service and leadership among 18 to 30-year- olds. "It's nice to be recognised," says fellow ambassador Jessica Wright, 19. Jessica is a senior and fund- raising co-ordinator with St Vinnies Youth. "There are so many young people out there doing great things that don't get recognised." Spokesman for the social justice awards, Tim Taylor, says this year's awards recognise and celebrate the good work of more than 200 young South Australians. "The awards stand against the idea that we should regard our young people as the leaders of tomorrow (because) young people are making a difference in the world today," he says. Twenty-two-year-old Lucky Giirre, also nominated by Adelaide University, has been advocating for the empowerment of refugee and Muslim young women in Adelaide. She has secured over $200,000 from the university to upgrade the Islamic prayer rooms and co-founded the Muslim Girls Kollective SA. "I've always been involved with advocacy in one way or another," says Lucky, also an ambassador. "In my personal opinion, young people can make a meaningful impact on the lives of others through advocacy, volunteering and community work." Ambassador Laura Heathfield, 23, said teaching English in a Cambodian orphanage last year changed her life. The marketing assistant and public relations coordinator says: "I felt empty and quite lost after Cambodia." She began volunteering at the St Vincent de Paul Croydon conference and spends most of her weekends helping the poor and disadvantaged across Adelaide. "I was completely honoured," she says of the award. "I was blown away." IN BRIEF Bec's moral brew MAKING A DIFFERENCE: St Vincent de Paul Social Justice award winners and ambassadors (L-R) Bec Taylor and Jessica Wright. Research into Bible habits The Bible Society in South Australia has initiated the most comprehensive national research ever undertaken into how and why young people engage with the Bible. With a group of partner organisations, the Bible Society SA has commissioned Philip Hughes (Christian Research Australia) to research a number of critical issues regarding youth culture and Bible engagement in Australia. "We know that amongst Australian young people (aged 13-24) about 70 per cent never read the Bible," says Adrian Blenkinsop from Bible Society SA. "Those who read it frequently are mostly involved in Protestant Evangelical or Charismatic denominations, such as the Pentecostals, Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Seventh Day Adventists." For the majority of young Australians however, Adrian says the Bible is simply 'not on their radar'. "It is not something they think about. Many of these young people feel the stories in the Bible are 'unbelievable', he said. "They are not sure that God exists, let alone the likelihood that he acts within our world. Therefore they find the Bible difficult to understand, and sometimes contradictory," he says. In the next stage of the research, focus group interviews will be conducted with young people across the country -- in every state, in both city and country areas, and covering most major denominations. ̨ For further information, contact Adrian at firstname.lastname@example.org.