Faith in action
Let us together speak up for grace and compassion to be shown to those in our community who are being coerced by our government to return to danger on Manus and Nauru.Send an email
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.
Jarrod McKenna from First Home Project chatted with Common Grace in light of news the Government is withdrawing support from 100 people seeking asylum settled in Australia.
Timothy McCloud remembers being a Christian in the #LetThemStay actions last year, and shares why its paramount that Christians speak up again for justice to those being coerced back to Nauru and Manus.
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.