Resources for Churches and Schools

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.

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Movement of the Heart

Movement of the Hear is a Novena of Prayer running from 12 June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart to 20 June, World Refugee Day. Download the document: A Movement of the Heart 2015.

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ACRT Schools and Churches Poster

Download the ACRT Schools and Churches Poster.

The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce is an initiative supported by the National Council of Churches in Australia, and the Board is comprised of 22 leaders who represent nine Christian churches and three ecumenical bodies.

The Taskforce has more than 600 member entities.

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By | September 17th, 2015|Front - Resources, Resources for Churches and Schools|

The Politics of Asylum: Messing with Spirituality

This Refugee week , watch this video, and show it to your congregation.  Courtesy of the Churches of Christ Vic/Tas.

Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts?

Janet Phillips from the Social Policy Section, Parliamentary Library has released the following research paper addressing the facts surrounding refugees and asylum seekers. Download the document here: Parliamentary Library Asylum Seeker Facts March 2015

By | April 15th, 2015|Front - Resources, Resources for Churches and Schools|

English language skills for refugees

Volunteer

Many parishioners have expressed interest in volunteering to support asylum seekers and refugees in the community. Simultaneously, the demand for such services by asylum seekers – especially English language support – has increased exponentially. Find out how you can get involved!

By | March 24th, 2015|Resources, Resources for Churches and Schools|

Uniting Justice Australia’s Advocacy Brief: Children in Detention

This is a resource to help you talk to your local politician, your friends, work colleagues and congregation about why asylum seeker children should not be detained in immigration detention centres.

Download the PDF:UJA-ChildrenInDetention

By | August 22nd, 2014|Resources for Churches and Schools|

Restoring Hope: New Publication from Uniting Justice

UnitingJustice has just published a new resource for Refugee Week 2014, ‘Restoring Hope’. Read it here.

By | June 5th, 2014|Resources for Churches and Schools|

Uniting Care release new report on Asylum Seekers living in the Community.

A new research report outlining emergency relief services and other related support provided by UnitingCare agencies (in Victoria) to asylum seekers living in the community.

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By | May 22nd, 2014|Resources for Churches and Schools|

ERC Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource: Activities for Students

The Edmund Rice Centre’s free publication Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource provides activities for students which are practical, engaging and focused on increasing awareness about human rights and advocacy.

The Education Resource is available to download at no cost and offers 35 cross-curricular activities, adaptable to all year levels in secondary school. Some activities can also be used with primary classes, students with special needs and with community groups.

Students are encouraged to think about asylum seekers and refugees with compassion, to move their understanding from the head to the heart.

We encourage teachers to send images, presentations, exhibitions, speeches, art work etc of their students’ work to share on our website.

Download the PDF here.

For feedback and enquiries regarding this Education Resource contact by email: erc [at] erc.org.au or phone: (02) 8762-4200.

By | May 1st, 2014|Resources for Churches and Schools|