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Tear 2019 Nswevent 01

Grounded in Hope

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TEAR NSW Gathering

Now is the time for Christians to demonstrate hope. Not a hope that is disconnected from the confronting challenges of our times, but a 'sure and steadfast anchor of the soul' (Hebrews 6:19). A grounded hope that allows us to live in freedom and to move beyond the fear and anxiety of our times towards lives of generosity, justice and peace. A hope that is grounded in the truth that 'there is', and 'we are' a 'new creation' (2 Cor 5:17). We need to be the flag-bearers and demonstrators of this hope.

Come to TEAR NSW Gathering 2019 and be inspired, encouraged and equipped anew to live a life Grounded in Hope today.

The day will include keynote sessions in the morning followed by lunch and workshops focused around climate justice and advocacy, and explore about what it looks like to respond as Christians here in Australia to issues of poverty and injustice.

Keynote Sessions:

Dr Jacqueline Service, TEAR CEO Matthew Maury and TEAR Advocacy Lead Jo Knight

Introducing Dr Jacqueline Service!

Jacqueline is a Lecturer in Theology at Alphacrucis College Sydney where she specialises in Theology of Social Justice, Aid and International Development, Trinitarian Theology, and Theology of Divine Well-Being.

For over a decade, Jacqueline worked at the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID) managing, reviewing and designing aid programs across the Pacific and South West Asia. During her time with AusAID she worked in Suva as the First Secretary for Development Cooperation, responsible for implementing the Australian Government’s bilateral aid program in Fiji.


  • Political advocacy: practical skills to engage your MP on aid & climate - Jo Knight
  • Community organising & how to lead meaningful collective action in your local church - Tim Johnson and Melina Ey
  • Campaign workshop: let's talk rubbish! - Emma Wyndham Chalmers
  • Kingdom economics: money, investment and personal finance as a Christian - Trevor Thomas and Mariela Powell Thomas
  • Transformative Development: stories from the work of TEAR’s partners - Matthew Maury
  • Living a different story: why we disagree about climate change and what we can do - Byron Smith


8:30 - Coffee cart opens!
9:30 - Welcome & acknowledgement of country from Ray Minniecon
10:00 - Session 1: Dr Jacqueline Service
11:10 - Morning tea
11:40 - Worship with Stevie from Water and Light
12pm - Session 2: Matthew Maury and Jo Knight
1:10 - Lunch
2.10 - Workshops (choice of 2 x 1 hour sessions)
4.15 - Closing session with Matthew Maury and Jasmine Wrangles

We will also be running a children's program on the day for children between 5-12 years old.

Spots are limited, register now!

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"Now is the time for Christians to demonstrate hope. Not a hope that is disconnected from the confronting challenges of our times, but a 'sure and steadfast anchor of the soul."

42 Church St, Ryde NSW 2112, Australia