Faith in action
Explore our range of resources and ideas to help us, and our communities, go deeper in learning more and taking action for justice for people seeking asylum this Refugee Week (18-24 June).Read more
Together, we believe that we can contribute a generous and gracious voice to our nation's public conversation on people seeking asylum, as we imagine and pursue peace, restoration and welcome for all.
As Christians, we must seek to fulfil our calling to challenge society’s injustice. Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said that Christians shouldn’t just be pulling people out of the river – we should be going upstream to find out who’s pushing them in. Structures and systems that keep people in situations of injustice must be changed: this is the work of advocacy.
When you listen deeply and take up meaningful actions, like those listed below, you are helping pursue a nation that looks more like the one God intended.
Refugee Week in Australia is always held from Sunday to Saturday of the week which includes 20 June (World Refugee Day). Refugee Week is a great time to celebrate the rich diversity that refugees bring to Australia and to take action for justice for people seeking asylum. As Refugee Week approaches, you can find a range of events happening at the Refugee Council of Australia webpage.
The Church has a critical role to play in advocating for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. Together, our collective voices can have a powerful impact in calling our nation's leaders to respond in compassion, welcome, love and action to those seeking safety on our shores.
We invite you to send a letter or email to the Minister for Immigration, calling for a just and more compassionate response to those seeking asylum and refuge in Australia, including ending offshore processing, increasing Australia’s humanitarian intake, and Increase Aid to address the Global Refugee Crisis.
Find Common Grace’s template letter here.
We invite you and/or your church community to reflect on powerful and personal stories through a four-part bible study series. Each study includes a story from someone with lived experience of seeking asylum, a bible passage, and a series of discussion questions that will inspire, challenge and encourage you to reflect on the role and opportunity that each of us has in creating communities that love and seek justice for our refugee neighbours.
It is our deep hope and prayer that this series will move you and your community closer towards God’s heart for justice, as we work towards the day when those who come to our shores for safety will be welcomed with kindness and compassion.
Sign up for this Bible Study Series here.
Our Christian communities can be places of deep connection, welcome and support for those seeking asylum in Australia, putting into loving action God’s call for us to “welcome the stranger” (Matt 25:35). The Welcome Home Project is a newly launched pathway for churches and Christians to engage with community sponsorship, offering a series of tools and resources specifically designed for Christians and churches to mobilise their communities across the country.
The community sponsorship programme is a unique opportunity to demonstrate the tangible love of Jesus by helping refugees find a home in local communities across Australia. This is an opportunity for the lives of Australian Christians and refugees to be mutually enriched and transformed.
Read a powerful story from Carrie Unser about the impact and blessing of the community sponsorship programme.
Discover more about the Welcome Home Project here.
Common Grace joined the National #TimeForAHome Campaign calling for a permanent resettlement solution and the end to detention.
We, the Australian Church, are calling on the Federal Government to act swiftly to protect people from Afghanistan, reunite families, and welcome a special refugee intake of 20,000 men, women and children to Australia.
Learn more about people seeking asylum here.
This Palm Sunday (April 2), join with thousands of Australians marching in solidarity for refugees and calling for justice and dignity to be shown towards people seeking asylum here in Australia and around the world.
Please join us in action today by sending an email to your Federal Member of Parliament encouraging them to support the Evacuate to Safety Bill. #JusticeForPeopleSeekingAsylum
This Palm Sunday, join us in calling on our Government to release our refugee neighbours from detention centres and to provide permanent resettlement. #TimeForAHome
Will you join us in your city, as we stand with those held in Manus and Nauru for #SixYearsTooLong?
This Palm Sunday, join with thousands of Australians who are marching in solidarity for refugees who are still being affected by harsh and unfair policies of the Australian Government.
This Palm Sunday, join with thousands of Australians who are standing together to call for justice and dignity to be shown towards refugees here in these lands now called Australia and for people seeking asylum around the world.
This Sunday, can your Church stand in solidarity with the men on Manus Island who are urgently calling for freedom and safety?
Let's ring our politicians and call for the men abandoned on Manus to be brought safely to Australia.
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.
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. #LetThemStay
Now is the time to show the world that the children of Syria are precious in our sight, too.
This letter has now been sent. Thank you.
The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce has put the call out for people to contact Senator Michaelia Cash.
We need as many Australians as possible adding their voice and calling for an end to the detention of children once and for all.
The Government has announced a proposal that would ban any person who has come to Australia by boat as an “asylum seeker” since July 2013 from ever entering Australia.
The proposed permanent ban is almost stopped, now we just need to convince the Nick Xenophon Team to block the bill in the senate.
This Palm Sunday, join with thousands who are walking for justice towards refugees affected by the cruel and harsh policies of the Australian government.
Jump on the phone and tell Mr Dutton’s office to make the fair call to intervene in Saeed’s case seeking asylum in Australia, and stop his deportation.
Host or attend a screening of 'Chasing Asylum' at your local church and change the conversation in your community.
Common Grace is coming alongside the Refugee Council of Australia to #ChooseHumane this Federal Election. Will you show your support by signing this petition?
This World Refugee Day, will you sign the pledge calling for the immediate evacuation of all asylum seekers still on Manus Island and Nauru and for all people under the offshore processing policy to be settled in safety.