Poverty, domestic violence, slavery, environmental sustainability and ethical consumerism are very real issues in our world. Its easy to get overwhelmed or feel powerless to do anything significant, considering the weight and complexity of these challenges, because – what can one person do? However the power of one, or some, is better than none.
Our Catalyst Group (above), in partnership with Baptist World Aid explore areas of social justice and how we can be the change in them. While ‘social justice’ can be a catch-all buzz word that is ascribed to many things, we see it as a movement towards a socially just world in light of Jesus’s great love, care and justice towards us – and his encouragement to go and do likewise for others.
There are two social justice areas that we will be focusing on collaboratively as a community at GBC: Domestic Violence and Ethical Consumerism. Both are complex topics which we are beginning to unpack and understand what it means to speak up and act for justice in them.
In 2018, almost 210,000 women living in Australia will experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner. We believe that all people are created in God’s image, loved and valued by their Creator, and should be treated with equal regard – without violence, or controlling abusive behaviour. At GBC we are ‘creating a place of safety and respect’. In partnership with Australian Baptist Ministries, we are seeking to be actively involved in eliminating Domestic Violence within our local community and the Sutherland Shire.
We have been involved in the Sutherland Shire White Ribbon Walk since its inception and we are engaging in ongoing learning, conversation and strategic discussions on how we can be the change in our community.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and you need assistance:
If you are in immediate danger call: 000
1800 Respect National Helpline: 1800 737 732
Lifeline: 13 11 14
We recognise that our every day purchasing decisions matter. Whilst mostly unseen, everything we buy (food, clothes, electronics, products) is connected to a complex chain of economic, environmental, political and social networks around the globe. Nearly 25 million people are trapped in forced labour: the majority being women and children (International Labour Organisation, 2016). They pay the unseen price for our ‘cheap’ products. We are seeking to become conscious consumers so that love & justice prevails for everyone. Since 2012, Gymea Baptist Church hosts the Fair Trade Market, which supports projects in over 30 nations, providing communities with a living wage & hope beyond the injustices of poverty.
Fair Trade Market
For the past several years, we have also been running the a Fair Trade Market to support fair trade projects in over 30 nations, which gives people a living wage, hope and life. Our next GBC Fair Trade Market is on at 9-2pm Saturday 2nd November 2019.