Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Just Salvos advocates for the development of compassionate and pro-active human rights for all refugees and asylum seekers in need of protection and a home
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.
Lieutenant Ben Clapton, a Devonport (Tas.) corps officer, has become the second Salvation Army officer to be arrested for trespass with the ongoing Loves Makes A Way group, protesting against the cruelty and neglect experienced by asylum seekers, refugees and their children in offshore detention facilities administered by Australia.
The Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) has been working with a number of churches and community groups visiting asylum seekers in Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre (IDC), on the outskirts of Northam since the centre was opened in 2012.
A number of Christian ministers, pastors and laypeople demonstrated in Parliament House this Refugee Week and called for the release of children in detention. This movement, titled Love Makes A Way, seeks an end to Australia's inhumane asylum seeker policies through prayer and nonviolent demonstrations.
The issue might seem resolved for the Government, but for those who deal in the continuing realities of the global refugee crisis, describing the current policy as good is naïve at best and malevolent at worst. In reality, there are almost more asylum seekers than ever.
In collaboration with Spiritual Life Development, Just Salvos has developed a pack of educational resources for Refugee Week 2015.
A Salvo Officer deciding to join a protest movement that leads to arrest? This is not 100 years ago but in October this year. Why get involved and what were the risks? As you reflect on the story, note clearly the purpose of the action – the children themselves. There is a horrific thing happening. Our nation has locked away 726 children behind barbed wire. The most vulnerable and most innocent in our society are incarcerated. The very soul of our nation is damaged by this action. Can we really afford to walk away? Craig Farrell could not - and his action can inspire us to more noble choices. Continue reading...
When the story broke that one of the boatloads of asylum seekers recently intercepted by Australian authorities had been handed over to the Sri Lankan navy, many were horrified.
Suggestions for recognising and participating in Refugee Week: June 15th – 21st 2014.
The theme for Refugee Week from 2012 to 2014 is Restoring Hope. Please continue to join with others in reflection & prayer for restoration of hope:
Refugee Week 2016 (19th - 25th June).
Refugee Week 2016 Resource Pack
Refugee Week 2015 Resource Pack
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
Congregational Prayer - Our Father
Prayer for Asylum Seekers and Refugees based on Refugee Week 2013
Congregational Prayer for Asylum Seekers
Deep Blue Sea Film
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Information Pack: An educational booklet that explains who Refugees and Asylum Seekers are.
Prayer Guide:A prayer guide that can be used in your church or small group.
Sermon Outline: A sermon planned for your Corps Officer that can engage people of all ages.
Meeting Lead:A Sunday meeting planned for your Corps Officer that can engage people of all ages.
Emmaline Rabbit: A beautiful children's story book that teaches us to protect and accept those in need. Contact Just Salvos for a copy.
Think Piece: A theolgical think piece highlighting the Biblical mandate for helping refugees.
Policy on Working Positively with Vulnerable Migrants: The Salvation Army Southern Territory's offical guideline for those working with vulnerable migrants in social programmes and corps welfare.
Position Statment:The offical position of The Salvation Army, and guide for our advocacy for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
Refugee & Asylum Seekers Pack