St Matthews Anglican Church of Glenroy are holding an ecumenical Christian public Prayer Vigil for a more compassionate and humane asylum seeker policy .
At Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH) and St Matthews Anglican Church of Glenroy, we have become increasingly saddened, and outraged, by the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers.
Many of the people being so maltreated by our Government have come to be our friends, and we care for them deeply. We feel despair at the way they are being harmed, and the how we as a nation are loosing our moral compass in the midst of it. We long to see Australia uphold it’s obligations under international law. But moreover, we long for a change in policy; one that is based on welcome and compassion, rather than hostility and fear.
As such, we feel we must demonstrate this publicly, so as to be a sign of another way and ask that God would show us a way out of the darkness.
We would like to invite you to join us at a Prayer Vigil on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne City on Good Friday, between 4 – 6pm.
Through the Prayer Vigil, we hope to connect the issue of seeking asylum to our faith, and in particular the events that took place on Good Friday some 2000 years ago. We seek to highlight the Biblical response to the stranger, and in doing so, encourage other Christians to engage in the issue.
We will carry out an ecumenical public liturgy, as well as carry signs with our key messages on them:
(1) “Forgive us, Father, for we know not what we do”,
(2) “What you do for the least of these you do for me”, and
(3) “I was a stranger and you welcomed me”.
We will also engage in other creative expressions of hope, including songs, art and poetry.
We will also all be wearing a shade of blue, so as to be recognizable as a group.
If this sounds like something you feel you and your church would like to be involved in, please register your interest with Ashlee Planck, contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you would like to contribute to the event on the day, please email email@example.com.
UNOH Melbourne and St Matthews Anglican Church Glenroy