Millions of people cannot access basic medical care, clean water, schools or receive the Good News of God’s love, simply because it’s too dangerous or time-consuming to reach them. We provide flights for 2,000 aid, development and mission organisations to enable them to transform lives. It’s a great partnership – and you can help make it possible.
Watoto Child Care Ministries has cared for more than 4,000 orphaned and vulnerable children since it was established in 1994, with over 3,000 currently receiving care. Some are former child soldiers and some were born to rebel leaders during the civil war. Many of these children have gone on to become lawyers, teachers, computer scientists, journalists, farmers and doctors. As a result of the care and education they have received, they are now impacting society in a positive way.
Beyond is a justice festival.
We believe that our world can be a better, more loving, more inclusive place where all have the opportunity to grow and flourish.
We believe we need to celebrate what binds us together: so Beyond is a genuine community that embraces a mixture of genders, ages, cultures and traditions.
We are committed to being people of justice and working for justice in Australia - Indigenous Justice, Gender Equality, Employment Justice, Housing Justice, Climate and Refugee Justice are just a few of the areas that we engage.
We work alongside some of our nation's most influential artists and thinkers: Katie Noonan, Archie Roach, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Tim Costello, Prof. Gillian Triggs, Shane Howard, Lior and many, many more to inspire us to greater involvement in our country's future.
Beyond Festival is a place of creativity, celebration, education and empowerment across the generations - because real change comes when regular people start living it out.
St Mary’s House of Welcome opens a door to people who are homeless or living in poverty in Melbourne. We have an open door policy; we work with people who have been excluded from other services, have complex problems, are isolated and are most at risk of falling through the gaps.If you’re lucky enough to have your own home, a job, supportive family and friends, you’ll probably never need the services of St Mary’s House of Welcome. But not everyone is that lucky. There are many men and women in Melbourne who find themselves disconnected and confused, looking for a safe place and help to access services. St Mary’s works with these people, and anyone who needs help.We open our doors to those in need, six days a week. Our centre provides emergency relief, showers and meals for people in need as well as information and referrals. Longer-term programs and activities assist people to develop work, life and social skills and enable them to participate more positively in our community.
The Sutherland Shire Sydney, had a great need for a Church for many years with some 7,000 Parishioners distanced from surrounding Parishes.
The inauguration of the Parish was by Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia at Sutherland Entertainment Centre where some 900 interested people met on Sunday the 19th of March 1995 under the guidance of His Eminence.
The Sutherland Shire was now an independent Parish. It was grateful to the Parish of the Resurrection of Christ, Kogarah for helping to service the area previously.
After Easter 1995 Services began in Gymea Technology High School Auditorium, Princes Highway, Gymea, once a month depending on the availability of a Priest. A 16 member Committee was established with Mr Stylianos Pambris as the President. This Committee took care of the initial coordination and early fund raising for the Parish to whom the Parish is very grateful.
On the 15th December, 1996 Father Constantine Varipatis was appointed as the Parish Priest by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos. He began the difficult but blessed task with his Presbytera Eleni of starting a new Parish. Services were now held every Sunday and even during weekdays where the school permitted. Services are bilingual. The High School Auditorium served as a Church for another 5 years. Credit has to go to those few dedicated faithful who would set up chairs, icons, alter, etc. every week so that Services could happen. The difficulties that the Parish faced in these early stages were like gold being purified in fire. They were a blessing!
Parish Committees – Men’s, Ladies and Youth were re-organized. They met on a monthly basis at a small hall at Sylvania Heights Primary School under the guidance of our Holy Archdiocese. Greek Schools were established under the Parish in 1997. Sunday Schools, Youth Groups, a Playgroup and a Seniors Group were established. A Children’s Choir was established and chants every Sunday. Religious Instruction in Public Schools and some High Schools was organized. Also hospital visits and Pastoral visits to the elderly in their homes began. Coffee was organized every Sunday after Church. Also the wheels of fundraising were in full swing with afternoon teas, raffles, an Annual Dance, and sweets and chocolates sold every week after Church. Many thanks go to our Ladies.
The landmark of the Parish was the purchase of 4,400 square meters of a prime parcel of land consisting of 5 houses on The Kingsway, Gymea by the end of 1998. One of the houses purchased was renovated and used for weekday services and an office. The architectural and building plans for a Church were set into motion by Architects John Horiatopoulos, Gregory Koutoulas and Engineers Peter Douroudis and Luke Tsougranis. For the latter we always said this would be done in memory of his late wife Rodoula. All of this was coordinated in a very mature and professional manner by Mr Harry Exikanas, the current President, to whom, together with his gracious wife Maria, the Parish will be eternally grateful.
The Parish was dedicated to Saint Stylianos on the 21st of June, 1998 by his Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias. It was also designated a Tri-Hypostatic Church. This means apart from the main Altar dedicated to Saint Stylianos (feast day 26th November) it will have two Chapels dedicated to Sts. Peter & Paul (feast day 29th June) and St.Gregory Palamas (feast day 2nd Sunday of Lent).
The building of the Church was completed in a record time of 6 months . This was made possible by many faithful Christians who donated and worked extremely hard. In particular, our Parish Committee and Ladies Committee deserve a special mention.
Also we can’t thank enough those self-sacrificial and often anonymous donors that helped in the critical stage of building our Church.
The opening of the Church was on the 16th of December 2001 by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos in the presence of the Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Bob Carr, the Mayor of Sutherland, other distinguished guests and 1000’s of our Faithful.Today the Parish is vibrant and runs many programs in various areas of faith.
For over 130 years, The Salvation Army has been offering support and care to some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in our communities. We believe that no one should have to go it alone and journey with our clients for the long run. Today, The Salvation Army is one of the largest providers of social and welfare services in Australia.
Every week, thousands of Australians turn to us for help – for shelter, food, a refuge from domestic violence, for counselling and many other needs. Our areas of focus are youth, homelessness and emergency assistance, recovery services (drug and alcohol rehabilitation), rural and emergency (disaster) services.
This Benojo profile relates to the work of The Salvation Army nationally and covers all Australian States and Territories.
To connect LGBTIQA+ people and advocates across the Australian church, resourcing and equipping them and their churches to be a truly welcoming and affirming Australian church; one which acknowledges, respects and utilises the gifts of all, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender.
The Membership of Equal Voices undertakes to:
*Boldly proclaim Christ’s love for all people, regardless of their gender, sex, and sexual orientation;*Value the voices of all in the church, especially those not usually heard;*Honour the value and equality of committed, life-long, life-giving adult relationships, regardless of sexuality, gender identity or physical gender traits;*Understand that moral expectations in committed relationships for heterosexual and LGBTIQ+ Christians are the same;*Welcome all believers in Christ to fellowship;*Promote the value of listening and respectful conversation;*Welcome the value of learning and growing in our understanding of the Word of God;
Who We Are
Equal Voices is an alliance of LGBTIQA+ Christians and allies. It supports, sustains and empowers LGBTIQA+ Christians to express their religious identity in community with others and in the public domain.
At great personal cost and in violation of their human rights, LGBTIQA+ people of faith are often forced to choose between essential parts of their identity. They face varying degrees of exclusion, rejection and ignorance from both LGBTIQA+ and faith-based communities of identity.
In the public domain religious rights are often pitted against the rights of LGBTIQA+ people, erasing LGBTIQ people of faith from consideration in public policies and impoverishing the public conversation.
Launched in April 2017, Equal Voices works for the inclusion and recognition of religious LGBTIQA+ people in both their communities of identity. Equal Voices brings LGBTIQA+ Christians together.
Equal Voices recognises and affirms their dual identities. It gives them a united voice to speak to their communities of identity and to public debates that often divide what they have reconciled.
Equal Voices advocates on behalf of LGBTIQA+ people of faith within faith communities (primarily Christian) and in public policy. It develops and provides educational and other resources for LGBTIQA+ people of faith, their communities and their families.
Equal Voices offers support, care and encouragement by facilitating, branches, faith networks and task forces – particularly among religious communities, running events and operating in online spaces. It makes submissions and contributions to public policy and law reform issues and engages with government at all levels.
Why We Exist
Within contemporary Australian churches, the body of Christ is divided over issues of sex, sexuality and gender. There remains division and debate over the acceptance, welcome, affirmation and full inclusion of Christians who are LGBTIQA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual or other).
There remains an ongoing failure to recognise and honour LGBTIQA+ experiences and gifts.
Parts of the Christian community have been unloving and exclusionary. In other churches and communities, LGBTIQA+ people are treated as ‘clients’ in need of ‘healing’ and ‘fixing’ and are dehumanised by this.
Parts of the church continue to either operate or condone ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ which have done and do tremendous harm in peoples’ lives.
We have promoted stereotypes about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and have failed to become educated about LGBTIQA+ people. We have put LGBTIQA+ people outside the family, using terms such as ‘family values’ to suggest that they are not part of community. We have ‘othered’.
Equal Voices is convicted of the urgent need to repair the breach.
For over 200 years Wesley Mission’s commitment has been to support and advocate for the most vulnerable members of our society.
Thanks to more than 2,000 staff, almost 6,000 volunteers and many supporters—in addition to strong Federal and New South Wales Government partnerships — these services now cater to a broad spectrum of the community, from children, youth, and families, to older people and carers, to anyone struggling with financial or domestic challenges, homelessness, addiction or mental health issues.
With a variety of volunteering opportunities across 12 services, there's something for everyone.
Habitat for humanity is a global non-profit organisation working in local communities across 70 countries. Since 1976, Habitat has helped more than 22 million people obtain safe decent housing, along with the strength, stability and independence to build better lives.
In Australia we partner with low income families in Vic, SA, NSW and QLD. We provide them with affordable, safe and adequate housing. We build on average 10 homes per year nationally and repair and restore crisis accommodation for vulnerable groups including women escaping domestic violence.
Our volunteer program allows individuals and community employees to participate in the building, restoring and repairing of these homes and accommodations.
Mercy Health Foundation supports Mercy Health by advancing care and improving life outcomes for people in need. Since it was established in 2006, Mercy Health Foundation has worked closely with our many varied donors, including large philanthropic and family donors, corporate partners, event participants, community fundraisers and Mercy Health staff.
Mercy Health is an organisaiton grounded in a 2,000-year tradition of caring for others. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Health employs more than 8,500 people who provide acute and subacute hospital care, aged care, mental health programs, maternity and specialist women’s health services, early parenting services, hme and community care services and health worker training and development.
Mercy Health cares for communities in Victoria, southern New South Wales, northern Queensland, Western Australia and the Australin Capital Territory.
The Foundation activites echo the Mercy Health values of Compassion, Hospitality, Respect, Innovation, Stewardship and Teamwork. Mercy Health Foundation’s main purpose is to support Mercy Health in advancing and improving life outcomes of those in need.
The Foundation works closely with everyone across Mercy Health to ensure funds are used in accordance with donor wishes. Equally importantly, we seek to fulfill the strategic, research, clinical and care priorities of Mercy Health and the community it serves.