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World Refugee Day, 20 June

"We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for ... displaced persons." (Chapter Statement)

This year, World Refugee Day focuses on solidarity with refugees – for a world where refugees are welcomed. 

Refugees need our solidarity now more than ever. Solidarity means keeping our doors open, celebrating their strengths and achievements, and reflecting on the challenges they face. 

Solidarity with people forced to flee also means finding solutions to their plight – ending conflicts so they can return home in safety, ensuring they have opportunities to thrive in the communities that have welcomed them, and providing countries with the resources they need to include and support refugees. 

  • At the end of 2023, an estimated 117.3 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations and events seriously disturbing the public order. That figure is now estimated toexceed 120 million.
  • One in every 69 people, or 1.5 per cent of the entire world’s population, is now forcibly displaced.
  • Visit the UNHCR global site to learn ways to assist refugees

World Refugee Day, 20 June

"We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for ... displaced persons." (Chapter Statement)

This year, World Refugee Day focuses on solidarity with refugees – for a world where refugees are welcomed. 

Refugees need our solidarity now more than ever. Solidarity means keeping our doors open, celebrating their strengths and achievements, and reflecting on the challenges they face. 

Solidarity with people forced to flee also means finding solutions to their plight – ending conflicts so they can return home in safety, ensuring they have opportunities to thrive in the communities that have welcomed them, and providing countries with the resources they need to include and support refugees. 

  • At the end of 2023, an estimated 117.3 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations and events seriously disturbing the public order. That figure is now estimated toexceed 120 million.
  • One in every 69 people, or 1.5 per cent of the entire world’s population, is now forcibly displaced.
  • Visit the UNHCR global site to learn ways to assist refugees

Promote the ULURU Statement from the Heart

"We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for... Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples..." (Chapter Statement)

The Dialogue Team want  to establish a direct line of communication with as many YES voters as possible so that they are less reliant on paid media and social media algorithms.

They are asking for help to get people to sign up to receive email updates.

The link to sign up on is:https://ulurustatement.org/newsletter-sign-up/

Be inspired by the video

Uluru_Dialogues_Thank_You_6.2_Million_Friends from Uluru Statement from the Heart on Vimeo.

World Environment Day, 5 June 2024

"We, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, will protect the rights of the natural world and make practical efforts to stem the hurtful effects of climate change, pollution and the ‘throw away’ mentality." (Chapter Statement).

World Environment Day (5 June) this year invites us all to join in the global effort for #GenerationRestoration.

We cannot turn back time, but we can grow forests, revive water sources, and bring back soils. We are the generation that can make peace with land.



Message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is “land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience.” 

Humanity depends on land. Yet, all over the world, a toxic cocktail of pollution, climate chaos, and biodiversity decimation are turning healthy lands into deserts, and thriving ecosystems into dead zones. They are annihilating forests and grasslands, and sapping the strength of land to support ecosystems, agriculture, and communities.

Read the full message

Reconciliation Week 2024

"We, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples..." (Chapter Statement)

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) in Australia (27 May - 3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates 27 May and 3 June commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2024, Now More Than Ever, is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will —and must —continue.

Now more than ever, we need to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation. We know that the 6.2 million Australians who voted YES are committed to better outcomes for First Nations people...

  • Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation is committed to Reconciliation with First Nations Peoples