Monthly Archives: April 2016

National Day of Prayer for the mothers of people in Australia’s offshore detention centres

Church Bulletin Notice

Please consider including this text in your Church bulletin this week.

As we celebrate and spoil our own mothers this Sunday, let’s also pause together to pray for the mothers of people who are in detention, particularly people on Manus Island at this time of great uncertainty. Most of us know how worried and anxious our mums can get!

Mothers and families – who may be across the other side of the world – are the forgotten victims of detention. The uncertainty of knowing when your child will we be free, or safe, or healthy is a debilitating burden to bear.

A prayer for the mothers of people in Australia’s offshore detention centres

Creator God,
Who was with the Mother of Moses as she suffered the loss of her missing child,
Who was with the Mother of Jesus as they fled together through the desert,
And who loves the mothers of the young men who have been treated so cruelly on Manus,
See the fears they carry in their bodies,
See them tossing in their sleep.

Creator of Justice and Mercy,
Who inspires in the heart of every person a desire to be good,
Who weeps about the violence of our collective sins,
And who loves our politicians who are responsible for those young men.
See the fears they carry in their bodies,
See them tossing in their sleep.

Creator of Community,
Who is the embodiment of perfect community,
Who challenges everyone to love their neighbour and their enemy.
And who invites everyone to eat together at the table,
Grant us the vision to see all those mothers who are not in front of us today,
Grant us with courage to welcome the stranger.

By | 2018-01-04T16:13:43+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Front - Resources, Resources for Churches and Schools|

The Moral Compass: should Australian churches be offering sanctuary to asylum seekers?

In open defiance of the government, church leaders around the country are invoking the historical concept of sanctuary by opening their doors to asylum seekers at risk of being returned to Nauru. Do such moral and religious precepts have a place in the control of our borders or is such well intentioned compassion misplaced? Watch this episode from April 10, 2016.

By | 2016-04-14T11:54:18+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Front - Hot Topics, Sanctuary|

From SMH: Nuns, church groups start training for Australian Border Force raids

It is hard to imagine the brawn of the Australian Border Force raiding the convent where Saint Mary MacKillop’s body is entombed.

But that is the scenario North Sydney’s Sisters of St Joseph will be preparing for on Sunday, as they ready to help harbour asylum seekers the Turnbull government tries to force back to Nauru or Manus Island… Read more.

By | 2016-04-04T12:46:10+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, Sanctuary|