Grail women strive to be women of living faith, transforming the world to a place of peace and justice.
We do this by raising awareness about societal issues through hosting public seminars and workshops, through supporting the social justice and peace initiatives of our members and through our networks.
If you would like to find out more about any of the works below, please Contact Us
The Grail Sydney Centre holds a number of public seminars or workshops each year on a range of topical issues. Recent themes have been:
- new ways of engaging with democracy
- ecological sustainability in a capitalist system
- reforming the Catholic Church
- shortcomings of the prison system
- should Australia have a Bill of Rights
Watch the Events calendar for upcoming seminars or contact us to be added to the Sydney Events mailing list.
Training for Transformation
The Training for Transformation program is a Popular Education model for community change based on the philosophy of renowned Brazilian educationist: Paulo Freire. Freire's methodology has been used effectively in countries of the global 'south', but is helpful in any context where people living on the margins of society can come to understand how their society is organised and what local and global elements prevent their communities from fully participating in decisions which affect them. The marginalised find their voice.
The Grail Sydney centre runs bi-monthly TfT workshops where community development workers learn to create an atmosphere for dialogue and participatory learning with their group, and acquire different methods of critical analysis to understand why certain situations arise and why people find themselves disadvantaged.
The Grail and a group of experienced colleagues in Cape Town (South Africa) run a one year Certificate or Diploma course for anyone who wishes to gain a qualification in TFT. www.grailprogrammes.org.za. Please contact us to find out more.
Watch the Events Calendar for upcoming TFT programs or contact us to be added to the TfT mailing list.
Partnerships with Aboriginal groups
Inspired by the Peace Prayer of St Francis and by the healing power of restorative justice, a group of Sydney Grail women have been meeting to explore ways to restore broken relationships.
Days for Girls project
DfG is an international initiative which provides washable feminine hygiene kits to girls and women who would otherwise go without. Their DfG kit enables them not to miss valuable days from their education or employment.
Women volunteer time to the project to sew the components for the DfG kits: 2 waterproof shields, 8 liners and a string bag. The kits are completed by the addition of a face washer, 2 pairs of undies, a small cake of soap and a zip lock plastic bag (used to wash the liners).
Brisbane Grail members act as co-ordinators, packers and liaison with local parish women who undertake a large part of the sewing tasks. Grail members have also taken kits to Papua New Guinea and have promoted the project at other Grail gatherings. The Brisbane and Australian National Grail provided a small amount of funding to begin this program.