Welcome to the web site of Nangami,
the Peace and Justice group of the parish of Our Lady of the Way in North Sydney.
This site is intended to provide articles of interest, news of upcoming events, and links to related sites, for parishioners of Our Lady Of the Way who seek to engage in dialogue and understanding around issues of peace and justice.
Pope Francis in his address for the World Day of Peace says:
Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history. The “house” of which Jesus speaks is every family, community, country and continent, in all their diversity and history. It is first and foremost each individual person, without distinction or discrimination. But it is also our “common home”: the world in which God has placed us and which we are called to care for and cultivate.
We hope that this group and its activities will be a catalyst for engaging parishioners in issues related to peace and justice.
We intend to be inclusive and welcome people from outside our parish and faith to join with us in this journey.
Our initial focus has been on starting a conversation about asylum seekers. To this end, we organised a Table Talk on 8 November 2018 at the Ron Dyer Centre at St Mary’s, on the subject of asylum seekers and refugees. See our Events page for more information on this.
The next two meetings of the Nangami group are on on the theme of showing solidarity with the campaign to provide affordable housing.
On Wednesday 13 February 2019 we attended the North Sydney Affordable Housing Community Forum at the Ron Dyer Centre.
Next month we will attend the March 2019 Assembly at Sydney Town Hall.
See the Meetings page for full details of these meetings and how to register for them.
Evangelli Gaudium paragraph 190:
Sometimes it is a matter of hearing the cry of entire peoples, the poorest peoples of the earth, since “peace is founded not only on respect for human rights, but also on respect for the rights of peoples”. Sadly, even human rights can be used as a justification for an inordinate defense of individual rights or the rights of the richer peoples. With due respect for the autonomy and culture of every nation, we must never forget that the planet belongs to all mankind and is meant for all mankind; the mere fact that some people are born in places with fewer resources or less development does not justify the fact that they are living with less dignity. It must be reiterated that “the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others”. To speak properly of our own rights, we need to broaden our perspective and to hear the plea of other peoples and other regions than those of our own country. We need to grow in a solidarity which “would allow all peoples to become the artisans of their destiny”, since “every person is called to self-fulfilment”.