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Friends, it is with disappointment that we let you know of our decision to cancel our TEAR Queensland Conference as a face-to-face event, and RECONVENE ON-LINE, due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 crisis.
Life has suddenly become a series of cancellations, and clouds of uncertainty hang over our lives. With clouds come opportunities to find or create “silver linings”, and we are taking Water of Life, to the “cloud”. There is no replacement for the joy and challenge of spending the day together, but we can at least enjoy some of the learning and interaction on-line instead.
The re-convened conference will take place as four Zoom webinars on Saturday 28th March.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL TIMES ARE IN QLD TIME.
The webinar's are free and you can register for one or all of the sessions. Each webinar will include interaction with other participants, time for questions and discussion, and suggested ways you can join with TEAR in partnering with others.
Catalysing Change for Future Flourishing – Matthew Maury
Matthew will present an update and overview of TEAR’s work, including the strategic thinking behind current priorities and focus areas for the future. This will be a lively tour of what makes TEAR tick, including some scripture integration and also stories of our partner’s work to give tangible examples of what we mean.
Time: 10am – 11:15am
Transforming poor communities and all of society – Mony (with Helen Beazley)
Tackling poverty and environmental problems in local communities is absolutely essential but more is needed to create just, peaceful and sustainable societies. Som Chanmony (Mony) will join us from Cambodia to discuss how long-term TEAR partner Peace Bridges endeavours to work at different levels of Cambodian society to bring about its vision of just peace for all people and all of creation.
Time: 11:30am – 12:45pm
Home Truths: Christian Witness, Ecological Responsibility and Economic Justice – Jonathan Cornford
Our household economies are the base from which we nurture families, pursue vocations and build community. It is also the sphere which most shapes our use of the earth and our connections within a global economy. In a time of ecological crisis, radical inequalities and deep social malaise, our homes are a site crying out for faithful embodied witness of the gospel. And guess what, the Bible has lots to say about what this might look like!
Time: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Partnering in Hard Places – Helen Fernandes
Helen has recently visited Pakistan and Kenya, facilitating workshops with TEAR partners based in Pakistan, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, and South Sudan! These visits are designed to build partners’ effectiveness in responding to the needs and opportunities of their context. Helen will help us understand the challenges of organisational development, social inclusion, mental health and physical disabilities in very difficult contexts where our partners work.
Time: 3pm – 4:15pm
Date and Time: Saturday 28th March - Join us for one or all of the available sessions.
Location: Online via Zoom
Following registration, we will send you a Zoom link which will give you access to the session. Please note, sessions will need to reach a minimum number of participants to run and may be cancelled if numbers are low. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] if you have any questions.