Can you gather at a church near you and pray for Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa tonight?
As a Common Grace community, we believe that Australia is called to be a generous nation. We long for the day when those who come to our shores for safety are welcomed with that kindness and compassion that the Bible teaches.
Common Grace celebrates the many initiatives seeking justice for asylum seekers and refugees that Christians in Australia are engaged in, including: providing resources and information on the issue; leading our churches in prayer; making public statements that call on our leaders to act justly; public marches for solidarity; arrestable prayer vigils in politicians' offices; and practical campaigns that source and distribute daily necessities for those in detention and on Temporary Protection Visas.
We firmly believe that all these initiatives have a place in our current political and social landscape, and encourage all Christians to pray and advocate as the Lord leads them.
Together, we believe that we can contribute a voice that sounds MORE LIKE JESUS to our nation's public conversation on asylum seekers, as we imagine and nurture a more generous Australia.
As Jesus urged us to care for the abandoned neighbour through the parable of the Good Samaritan, Common Grace calls on the Morrison Government to show the same humanity and respect to the men and women on Manus and Nauru. Keep the Medevac law.
Will you join us in your city, as we stand with those held in Manus and Nauru for #SixYearsTooLong?
As we move from Refugee Week to NAIDOC week, it’s fitting that we listen to Academics Mark Brett and Naomi Wolfe as they explore the roles of guest and host in the Australian context. This piece is an edited excerpt from a NAIITS Conference paper. The full paper will be published in the NAIITS Journal later in the year.