Faith in action
Host or attend a screening of 'Chasing Asylum' at your local church and change the conversation in your community.Read more
In the past week we have all been shocked by devastating images and messages coming out of Aleppo showing Syrians who are trapped in areas increasingly dominated by hostile government forces. You can find out more about Aleppo and how the conflict developed here, and stay updated on current international attempts to negotiate a ceasefire and evacuation, here.
We are encouraging Christians to do 3 things:
1. Learn - Become aware of what is taking place and help others learn too.
2. Pray - Let us all pray unceasingly for the safety of those at risk and for God's grace and peace to be known in Syria by those in fear.
3. Give - There are many wonderful organisations that do practical work on the ground in the region and one of the most helpful things we can do is support their work financially. For those who are unsure which organisation to give to, we suggest donating to World Vision Australia's Syria Crisis Appeal as they seek to respond with God's grace and compassion through their life-changing development and disaster relief work.
The recent death of a man on Manus Island who had sought asylum in Australia, points to the unacceptable mistreatment of all people who are turned away from our shores.
This Refugee Week, let us reflect on the practical actions we can take in our own lives to welcome those in our midst, and offshore, who are seeking shelter and support in our peaceful and prosperous nation.
Mary Fisher leads us in a journey of unfolding theological reflection on the concept of hospitality and how it just might be our human vocation.
"...My mum gave birth to my big brother on the refugee boat, but faced with no options, she placed him in a bucket, and dodged bullets as she and her two little girls (my big sisters), my dad and granny and waded towards the shore."