Australians are about to spend $8.3 billion on Christmas presents alone, plus a whopping $1.3 billion on Christmas groceries! Yet, globally, over 836 million people still live in extreme poverty!
We contacted officers who are, or have previously served in international appointments. Read on to find out how this experience has shaped their engagement with our global neighbours.
Australians are about to spend $8.3 billion on Christmas presents alone, plus a whopping $1.3 billion on Christmas groceries! Yet, globally, over 836 million people still live in extreme poverty! How can we love our global neighbours in a time of increasing globalisation and inequality?
The Salvation Army is deeply committed to fighting human trafficking in all of its
forms. We seek to exercise care in restoring the freedom and dignity of those
affected. Jesus taught that nobody should live in physical or spiritual bondage. Every year, The Salvation Army lives out its commitment to fighting human trafficking
with a day of prayer. Globally, on this day, The Salvation Army unites to pray for
victims of human trafficking. This year’s theme is ‘Speak Out, Give Hope’ and draws on four ideas – Fear, Truth, Hope and Restoration – from Genesis 20.
Every year, The Salvation Army commits to praying for those experiencing human trafficking. Specifically on September 27th, Salvationists unite to pray for victims of Human Trafficking. The theme is ‘We Will Not Be Silent’ and is based on Isaiah 42:22.
Follow the link to find a list of actions to take that raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking, and provide action points specifically for an Australian context.
As followers of Christ, as Salvationists, one of our basic aims is to partner with God in the process of restoration and healing. This includes extending our care to that of our earthly surroundings.
The United Nations World Environment Day is being celebrated on 5th June. This is an international day where people are being challenged to do “something positive for the environment”. For some this may be seen as a day for the “tree huggers”, however, for Christians this could be a day where we celebrate God’s creation and look for ways that we can care for it.
...Our neighbours are those experiencing consequences from the unsustainable use of our earth. Read Amanda's article on sustainable development.
Just Salvos have developed resources to inform a Christian response to people seeking refuge and asylum, through worship, education, and action!
There is an irony that for Christians in Australia today, our perspective is from the opposite side to the Jewish exiles in Psalm 137. We may not be the tormentors who forcibly displace others, but we do ask them to sing their songs of joy in a foreign land, and expect a grateful response when we “encourage” those who settle in our land to be more like us
Love your neighbour isn’t a sentiment. This command means meeting the physical needs of others, even enemies, in times of need.
When the Australian Constitution was written more than a century ago it failed to recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had lived on this land for over 40,000 years. The only reference made to Indigenous Australians was to discriminate and to exclude them from being counted as citizens.
Reconciliation Week is from 27th May - June 3rd and ‘celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians’. We encourage you to engage with these resources and consider how you can be an agent of reconciliation and restoration.
My hope is for the truth of Australian history and the contemporary impacts on our First Nations People to be heard, and acknowledged for our nation to move to a place of healing, peace and unity.
In our “lucky country”, Australia, women are accorded equality; they are assuming leadership in every sphere of life and excelling in the education stakes.
This International Women's Day, it is time for Australian Christians to consider their privilege and how it may be a barrier to women experiencing freedom and equality?
Did you know that the most dangerous place for a woman is her home? Violence against women, as well as family and domestic violence is a serious issue impacting thousands of Australians.
—a winter’s day in Hobart or snippets from the day of a Street to Home worker
Every person has the right to an adequate standard of living, which includes the right to adequate housing. The right to housing is more than simply a right to shelter. It is a right to have somewhere to live that is adequate.
Society is full of stigma about mental illness, and the church is no different. How should the church respond to mental illness?