June 2015

Aurora Magazine

Featured articles from the June Aurora

Home Wasn't Built In A Day

Home Wasn't Built In A Day

Article by Geri Williams

Moving out of home is a milestone of independence for Nigel Bates, a 33 year old Newcastle resident living with an intellectual disability. Nigel described himself as, “a little birdy who didn’t want to leave his mother’s nest”, however is now a ‘house-proud’ tenant, settled into his new home and encouraging others living with disability to move towards an independent lifestyle.

Affordable Housing: A National Issue That Requires a National Response

Affordable Housing: A National Issue That Requires a National Response

Article by Liz de Chastel

As our cover story this month highlights, the importance of affordable housing and the impact it has on people’s wellbeing, is of major significance. Senior Policy Officer at Catholic Social Services Australia, Liz de Chastel, examines the affordable housing crisis in Australia in light of the Federal Budget.

The Federal Budget and The Vulnerable

The Federal Budget and The Vulnerable

Article by Helga Smit

Director of CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning, Helga Smit, reflects on the 2015-16 Budget and how it will impact on the most vulnerable in our local community.

Responding To The Suffering Of Others

Responding To The Suffering Of Others

Article by John Kearsley

One of our most difficult and confronting tasks as human beings is to respond effectively to those who are suffering. Sensitivity and gentleness on our part may play a crucial role in transforming brokenness and suffering into wholeness and healing. Yet, despite our sincere and best intentions to help, inappropriate responses may sometimes only make someone’s suffering worse.

Unforgettable Nepal

Unforgettable Nepal

Article by Paul Maguire

Many Australians have experienced the unique nature of Nepal. Paul Maguire reflects on the recently earthquake-ravaged nation, which some see as a kind of spiritual cradle, and wonders who amongst us will not just remember, but contribute to its longterm reconstruction.

Two-Storey Love

Two-Storey Love

Article by Michael O’Connor

Imagine a young woman arriving alone in Australia from the Middle East on the first day of 1980. Her reason? To see if she had a future with a young man she had met and fallen in love with on a kibbutz in Israel only a few months prior.

There's No Stopping Jacob

There's No Stopping Jacob

Article by Emma Blackford

Today, thousands of high school students in the Hunter will head off to school. It would be fair to say that a small percentage, if not today then another day, will battle it out with their parents about not wanting to go; fighting from the comfort of their bed, a safe-haven from which to surf Facebook, avoid incomplete homework or perhaps just to get some extra sleep.

Lessons Learned On The Shores Of Gallipoli

Lessons Learned On The Shores Of Gallipoli

Article by Anna Hennessy

Teacher at St Paul’s High School, Booragul, Anna Hennessy, recalls the special moments she and her son Ike shared whilst in Gallipoli for the Anzac centenary.

Keeping The Great Australian Pastime Great

Keeping The Great Australian Pastime Great

Article by Helene O'Neill

No stranger to the sporting field herself, Helene O’Neill reflects on the power of sport on the collective Australian consciousness and how we can overcome the negative influences.

Coal Not Good For Humanity In The Pacific Islands

Coal Not Good For Humanity In The Pacific Islands

Article by David Whitson

In March this year Pelenise Alofa from Kiribati Climate Action Network addressed the United Nations in Geneva about climate change. She was calling for climate change to be recognised as a human rights issue.

Public Forum: Transitioning To Renewable Energy

Public Forum: Transitioning To Renewable Energy

Article by Shirley McHugh

The weather is a daily topic of conversation. If we are travelling, we pack for the weather; if we are going out for a social occasion, the question is – shall I take a coat?

The CATHOLIC THING: Thinking Through the Death Penalty - Can It Be Justified?

The CATHOLIC THING: Thinking Through the Death Penalty - Can It Be Justified?

Article by Dan Fleming

There has been a myriad of commentary about the death penalty in recent weeks. Dan Fleming provides a perspective based on insights from the Catholic tradition.

Happiness is Home-Made

Happiness is Home-Made

Article by John Murray

On 18 June the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout will be held and Director of CatholicCare Social Services, Helga Smit, and Director of the Catholic Schools Office, Ray Collins, will participate. John Murray offers a lyrical reflection on the meaning of home; so much more than a roof over one’s head or an address to cite.

CARE TALK: Dealing With Conflict in the Workplace

CARE TALK: Dealing With Conflict in the Workplace

Article by Tanya Russell

CARE TALK is a monthly advice column in Aurora Magazine where a registered psychologist offers answers to common questions around mental health and counselling.

Loving The Stranger

Loving The Stranger

Article by Adam Mayers

Two Year 12 students from St Clare’s High School, Taree share their own personal experiences of attempting to offer hope to those in detention – and challenge us all to campaign alongside them.

A Crisis Of Humanity

A Crisis Of Humanity

Article by Amy Maguire

In August 2001, the Norwegian ship the MV Tampa rescued 440 asylum seekers stranded north of Australia after their boat sank. Then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, refused the ship access to an Australian port. His government won the 2001 federal election, having pledged its commitment to the ‘war on terror’ and the defence of our borders against ‘illegal’ asylum seekers.

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