Category Archives: Social Justice

Domestic Violence in the Church

The Church of Christ Wembley Downs has expressed abhorrence of domestic violence in the community and has from time to time campaigned to raise awareness. As the spotlight falls this week on different expressions of the Australian church, this church’s leaders say there is absolutely no defence – theologically, pastorally, or biblically – for its support or perpetuation. We call to account its perpetrators and offer support and nurture to its victims and survivors.

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A call for a new multilateral refugee policy

Notwithstanding today’s welcome news of a reprieve for 31 Australian born babies and their families destined for Nauru detention, and that they will now remain in Australia for processing of claims to asylum, this church’s leaders issue the following statement:

“The Elders and Board of the Church of Christ Wembley Downs acknowledge this church’s history of welcoming and assisting asylum seekers received by Australia for resettlement under the Community Resettlement Scheme. The refugees with which this church and other community organisations have been involved have become full, contributing members of the Australian community. When the Australian government discontinued the scheme, replacing it with its own resettlement regime, including a more severe detention  system, our role began to move to advocacy for individuals and families with whom we had contact. It is with dismay that, over the years, we have seen even harsher measures employed as a deterrent to asylum seekers.  Members of our church have expressed their concerns through writing to Members of Parliament, Senators and Government Ministers. The result has been even more severe policies against those seeking asylum, affecting family cohesion, mental health, and suicide risk. Accordingly, this church aligns itself with the philosophy of the Love Makes A Way movement and endorses its actions in seeking to bring about justice for refugees, particularly in the seeking of release of children with their families from detention. We call on Parliament to adopt a multilateral approach to creating regional solutions for humane treatment of asylum seekers according to the standards of the United Nations Refugee Convention of which Australia is both a drafter and a signatory.”

Entering Holy Week – did we pass through the Golden or Jaffa Gate?

Palm Sunday gave followers of the Way a choice between entering Jerusalem’s Golden Gate with the Prince of Peace or the Jaffa Gate, through which Pontius Pilate and his soldiers arrived to “keep the peace” of Empire.

We have a daily choice of which gate to enter. Accordingly we call on our government to end hostilities against asylum seekers through indefinite offshore detention  immediately. We also call for the reinstatement of bridging visas for community asylum claimants, no matter their manner of arrival.

Give them back their names

Give them back their names

 

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A Palm Sunday Opportunity…

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CARAD waiting list grows

The Coalition for Asylum Seekers Refugees and Detainees was established to fill a gap when there were no services available to refugees who were released into the community. Many were condemned to live on the streets with little income and local knowledge. CARAD began as a group of volunteers to help with food, housing, health and education.

CARAD has now run out of funds to help while the need becomes more pronounced as the weather grows colder.

Blankets, warm clothing and funding ideas would be of immediate help.

Visit www.carad.org.au for more information

 

Anniversary Greetings from Cusco

On this church’s 47th anniversary, Robyn Quintana sends greetings and a big thank you from her hospital patients in Cusco.