This year at Synod 2019 we have three events for the whole Church to attend. Find out more about Living Church Synod 2019.
The first Synod 2019 event is the premiere of the ‘Half a Million Steps’ and a Q&A panel.
In 2016 Synod membership endorsed a plan to look at Australia’s growing drug problem. In October 2018, the Uniting Church and Uniting sought a new path for drug reform with the launch of the Fair Treatment Campaign. The campaign gained national recognition with Sir Richard Branson in attendance. Following the launch, the Long Walk to Treatment again raised awareness of the lack of services in regional NSW. It takes half a million steps to walk from Dubbo to Sydney – the distance a person in regional New South Wales may have to travel just to reach the drug treatment they need. A long and lonely road to recovery.
Step by step, participants walked from Dubbo to Sydney to deliver a letter signed by people across NSW to bring care closer to home. Along the way, stories and signatures were gathered to support our cause with one purpose: making sure that all Australians can access the care they need. These stories and the walk have been collected in a powerful documentary called ‘Half a Million Steps’. Join with members of the Church for the premiere of this documentary at Synod, followed by a panel to discuss the issue.
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