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NEW! Simply Sharing 2012 – Peace and Development website and ‘app’

What is the relationship between conflict and poverty?
Can community development be a tool for peace?
Explore these questions and more with the new 2012 Simply Sharing ‘app’ and website. The ‘app’ can be downloaded or viewed online. The website has many more resources to assist your community to learn, pray and act for peace. Use with your community now or to mark the International Day of Peace on 21st September.

Visit the Simply Sharing website. www.simplysharing.org.au
Watch the Simply Sharing 2012 promo video

  Simply Sharing is an annual ecumenical social justice education initiative that communities can use at any time of the year to celebrate Christian unity, learn about aid and development and ultimately share their passion for justice.
The relaunched Simply Sharing (previously Simply Sharing Week) marks the new online-only initiative. It features a new App for iphone, ipad, ipod touch and android. Apps can be downloaded from the website or the Apple store. 2012 also marks the Simply Sharing’s theme for 2012 is Peace and Development. It is an interactive and informative resource about the role of peace and the improvement of livelihoods for impoverished communities around the globe. It is an ecumenical initiative of aid and development agencies Caritas Australia, Anglican Board of Mission, UnitingWorld, Anglicord (who have changed their name this week to Anglican Overseas Aid) and Act for Peace.
Simply Sharing 2012 will help Australians in parish and school communities to understand that:
– conflict is often about inequality
– peace is not just about an absence of violence, but living in a just society
– effective development can address some of the causes of conflict and explore development as a way of reinforcing peace
– in response to our faith, peace-building is an active process that we can and should engage in.

Participants will not only learn about these realities but be given the tools to act on these issues. The website will feature the photos and reflections of participants who can also take action by advocating government leaders to declare a ceasefire on the International Day for Peace, September 21st.

All the usual features including case studies, prayers and reflections and a selection of toolkits to utilise in schools and parish groups, are available via the website.

Please enjoy the resource, promote it wherever you can and if you are aware of any communities engaged in Simply Sharing 2012 do encourage them to drop us a line to share what they are doing.
Nicole Dobrohotoff
Caritas Australia- Resource development
Email: nicoled@caritas.org.au

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