Faith in action
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17 Australian Churches have offered sanctuary to the 267 people who face deportation to Nauru (including 70 children with 37 recently born in Australia) after the High Court's decision on the 3rd of February.
Something deeply powerful is happening. Churches and cathedrals across Australia are making headlines by offering sanctuary to asylum seekers facing deportation to Nauru.
The profound moral leadership of these churches speaks to the core of our nation’s soul. Imagine if the culture of Australia could be transformed and led by Christian compassion, to be a place not of persecution but of sanctuary for people seeking asylum.
Right now, 267 vulnerable people risk deportation to Nauru, including about 37 babies who were born in Australia. In response, at least 17 churches have invoked the ancient Christian tradition of declaring themselves as Sanctuaries for people seeking asylum, and more churches continue to join.
The Anglican Dean of Brisbane, Dr Peter Catt, said the risk of further harm to traumatised people "fundamentally goes against our faith, so our church community is compelled to act, despite the possibility of individual penalty against us."
As Christians, we know the power of finding sanctuary in God’s saving grace. Let’s transform Australia into a place of sanctuary for people seeking asylum.
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."