58 is a new film from Compassion Australia exploring the challenges and opportunities in global extreme poverty.
The Tasmanian premier of 58 takes place Friday night June 1st in Hobart. Get along, see the film, find out how you can be involved. Here’s the info from Compassion:
58: The Film screenings are FREE events so bring your friends, family and church!
When: Friday 1st June, 2012
Where: Abundant Life Church, 490 South Arm Rd, Lauderdale
Time: Doors open at 6:45pm. Film starts at 7:00 PM. Evening concludes at 9.00 PM
Count me in! If you would like to attend a 58: The Film screening please email your name, city and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you include your state in the subject line.
Promote 58: The Film in your community and church: download posters and invitations or order from your state’s CAN Relations Manager.
58: The Film is the inspiring true story of the global Church in action. On this journey from the slums of Kenya to the quarries of India, the gangs of Brazil, the streets of New York and the shopping malls of the UK, see the evidence and inspiration behind the conviction that we CAN end extreme poverty in our lifetime—and that we all have a role to play.
Not able to make it? Live too far away? No problem! At the close of the 58: premiere tour you can host your own screening of 58: The Film with the FREE screening kit available in June from www.live58.org.au
The Uniting Church gathered from across Tasmania last week for one of it’s regular presbytery meetings.
These gatherings are often filled with good news stories that we want to share. Here’s a magazine style newsletter capturing some of the highlights from this gathering. We’d love you to read it online, or print and read then pass on to others.
Now somebody has really done it. The life-sized LEGO style church called Abondantus Gigantus has been put up in the Netherlands for a festival. It’s not quite what I was thinking, but it’s fantastic nontheless.
Imagine how many 8 year old boys would be in this church?
Hit this link to see lots of great photos (including inside, in action) or watch the video (I hope your Dutch language skills are up to the task!) for the story of how it came to be.
This film has gone viral on the internet in the last 48 hours – now seen (as I write) by over 10 million on youtube plus millions more on other forums. At the current rate it will be seen by tens, perhaps hundreds of millions in the weeks ahead.
The subject of the film is Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord who leads a rebel army originally in Uganda and now spread into neighbouring countries. Kony is by all accounts a ruthless criminal. Among his actions are the abduction of children, forcing them into his service as armed ‘child soliders’ and worse.
The film comes from US based activitists Invisible Children. The IC team first encountered the story nearly 10 years ago, and released the original Invisible Children film a couple of years later. Since that time they’ve been on the dual mission of on the ground action in Africa, and raising awareness and support in the US are the rest of the world.
Before you watch the film you should know that Invisible Children have their critics. Here’s a good summary of those who suggest thinking carefully about the issues, and the approach of IC and their Kony 2012 project.
Nevertheless, the film is powerful and it raises questions about issues many of us in Australia would rather not have to think about. The solutions are not simple, nor immediately obvious. Invisible Children do raise the question, and the importance of this issue for those whose lives are damaged or lost.
It’s worth 30 minutes of your time to watch the film and think about your response.
Over the summer, there’s been a music video that has gone “viral”, racking up well over 40 million youtube views in just four weeks, and collecting imitations, live performances on US television shows and more.
It’s five people (a Canadian band called Walk off the Earth) playing a cover version of Gotye’s “Somebody that I used to Know”. And yep, they’re all playing on the one guitar. If you haven’t seen it, take a look:
Now I’m no musician, so I don’t know technically how hard it is to do what Walk off the Earth have done, but I find it impressive, compelling even.
We’re gradually ramping up the on-line presence of the Uniting Church in Tasmania.
The Derwent Cluster of UCA congregations (northern part of Hobart including Claremont-Bagdad, Glenorchy, New Norfolk and Bridgewater-Gagebrook) have joined the fold with their new website at derwentcluster.unitingchurch.org.au.
The site has been built with the support of the UCA Vic/Tas Communications & Media Services team using wordpress software. It’s a relatively easy product to get to grips with, and the team at Derwent are doing a great job finding their way.