Faith in action
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Throughout the past 18 months, and particularly over the past few days, we have seen an enormous display of compassion pouring out in the community for Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa - in response to the uncaring dismissal they've experienced from our leaders.
We’ve seen the best - and worst - of who we can be.
As people of faith, we know deeply the strength and power of prayer. That’s why we’re inviting you to join a national call to prayer tonight. Let’s gather together and pray for this family. Priya, Nades and their two Australian-born children are right now detained in a maximum security detention centre on Christmas Island. They just want to come home to their community of Biloela.
Adelaide: 6.00pm, Pilgrim Uniting Church (12 Flinders St, Adelaide SA 5000)
Darwin: 7.15pm, Nightcliff Jetty, immediately following DASSAN vigil (Nightcliff Jetty, Nightcliff NT 0810)
Hobart: 5.30pm, St David’s Anglican Cathedral (23 Murray St, Hobart TAS 7000)
Melbourne: 7.00pm, Collins Street Baptist Church (174 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000)
Perth: 6.00pm, Trinity Uniting Church (72 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000)
Sydney - CBD: 6.00pm, St Stephens Uniting (197 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000)
Sydney - Seaforth: 8.00pm, Seaforth Baptist Church (31 Frenchs Forest Rd, Seaforth NSW 2092)
Sydney - North Sydney: 7.00pm, Northside Baptist Church (63 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest NSW 2065)
Following in God's own character, his people have always been called to love the stranger among us -
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners... Fear the Lord your God and serve him. (Deuteronomy 10:18-20)
and so we encourage you to join a national prayer gathering or pray at home for the family.
We want Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa - and the many others like them facing similar situations - to feel loved, supported and held in the midst of the trauma and uncertainty they face.
If you can’t make it in person, please take a moment at home to pray for this beautiful family.
If your church would like to host a prayer service tonight, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and we will add your service to the page above.
Resources for hosting these services or to pray are available here.
Through prose and poetry, Tau’alofa Anga’aelangi challenges us to repent of our sense of separation from the Fonua, and to reconnect with the Earth family.
As record breaking storms threaten to become the new normal, Mahala Grace calls churches to preach about ecological ethics as we ‘follow the one who is our shelter from the heat and the storms.’
Can you gather at a church near you and pray for Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa tonight?
Since 1970, there has been a staggering 60% decline in mammal, bird, fish and reptile populations. Dr Byron Smith reflects on the extinction of the humble Bramble Cay melomys, an indistinct rat living on a tiny sand island in the Torres Strait, inviting us to notice, pause and grieve.