You are all to be congratulated in limiting the COVID-19 corona virus. Here in Australia, we have done better than most in facing this major crisis that has spread throughout the world. We need to continue our diligence as lockdowns are gradually eased because, as Peter Doherty (Nobel Prize for Medicine 1996) recently said, with proper measures we can hope to avoid a resurgence in the virus and limit the virus to local spotfires. The lockdowns and widespread loss of employment affected many in our community and while there have been important mechanisms of support for those affected by the crisis, many have been left out. We can play our part by providing physical, mental and spiritual support to our families, neighbours and friends as many of the effects of this crisis will continue for some time to come.
We are all feeling isolated, but we must keep in contact with each other whether by phone or skype or just over the back fence, giving each other the support that will allow us to get through this together. Many people are in need locally nationally and internationally: the parable of the Good Samaritan has never more appropriate, we need to see the needs of our “neighbours” where ever they are and do our part in either meeting their needs directly or helping to see that their needs are met. God bless everyone as we stick together helping one another at this time of need.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, face-to-face Forums have been suspended. However, we will still have contributions by those that would have given forums.
In 2020, the theme for the CES forums is “Values and Voices in the Public Sphere”. The first Forum by Ken Crispin was held in February and during March we planned to have a forum by Julie Tongs OAM from the Winnunga Nimitijah Aboriginal Health Service and former ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope. A contribution from Julie Tongs is now on our website under “Past Forums”.
Under “Past Forums”, there is also a contribution from Kasy Chambers, CEO of Anglicare: “COVID-19, An opportunity to reshape Australian society and its values”
For details of previous forums and related materials, please visit our Past Forums page.
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