Faith in action
Host or attend a screening of 'Chasing Asylum' at your local church and change the conversation in your community.Read more
These last few weeks we’ve been rocked by revelations of abuse within Australian run detention centres. First, we were horrified at the grave mistreatment of #DonDaleKids in the Northern Territory juvenile detention system, and now the #NauruFiles—published by the Guardian and documenting 2,116 ‘incidents’ experienced by the people detained in immigration detention on Nauru—have revealed yet another heartbreaking account of our country’s systemic failure to recognise the inherent value of each human being.
As Christians we know that all humans are made in the image of God, and that in the face of such injustice, our faith calls us to respond.
And that is exactly what’s happened. This week, Christians from around Australia joined together in vigils organised by our friends at Love Makes a Way. Together, we covered local MP’s offices with countless paper dolls symbolising each of the individuals who have sought safe asylum in our country and have instead been detained in our immigration centres.
Now, we’re asking Australian churches to join with us this Sunday. As you meet in your communities across Australia, we invite you to publicly pray with your church community that our country and our leaders will be convicted about the value of every human life, in light of these recent revelations. We’ve put together some reference prayers, but invite you to bring your own words and reflection as appropriate within your church communities.
We would also love you to consider being a part of the ongoing action that is taking place in response to the #NauruFiles. We continue to post paper dolls at our local MP offices, and invite you to join us. You can download the paper doll template and find instructions on how to get involved on the Love Makes a Way website.
As we pray this weekend, individually and within our church communities, we ask that God sends us to call on our nation’s leaders in such a way that real change follows.
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."