This anti-poverty week, we are encouraging our faith communities to devote a church service, bible study, or time of fellowship to raising awareness of poverty in Australia, and committing to prayer and practical responses for those impacted by poverty.
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.
It may surprise you to learn that human trafficking and slavery happens in Australia. This resource kit raises particular awareness about human trafficking and slavery in Australia, and provides practical ways that you can be part of ending slavery.For more information or support for your day of prayer please contact:
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.
When we pray, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, we are praying that God would restore our earth. God’s plan of reconciliation extends to all people and all relationships, and that includes humanity’s relationship with our planet.
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.
Refugee Week runs from 17th-23rd June. We have put together a pack for this year's Refugee Week.
There’s nothing funny about women and children and families and entire communities being forced to seek asylum in foreign lands. There’s nothing funny about greed, religious fanaticism and other evils constantly seeking to feed their own excess and insatiable desire for power.
Just Salvos have developed resources to inform a Christian response to people seeking refuge and asylum, through worship, education, and action!
The Salvation Army National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group are arranging a cultural awareness bus trip. Lead by Uncle Vince, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their engagement with The Salvation Army.
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.
I had a strong faith, which meant a great deal to me. I had strong female role models in my life, whom I admired and respected. I thought deeply about the right way to act in the world. But my behaviour had been shaped by the dominant culture I was in, and I needed Jesus to save me from toxic masculinity.
Jesus was not averse to crying, he wasn’t averse to using the analogy of motherhood; in other accounts he cut across ridged gendered stereotypes. Perhaps it is time for men to reinvent what it means to ‘cry like a girl’ by promoting a way of being in the world that is built on the example of healthy and empowering relationships Jesus had with women.
9 ways your faith community can embrace gender equality
As we decorate our Christmas tree (German tradition), send our Christmas cards (first commercially produced in England) and look adoring at the nativity scene (made popular by St Francis of Assisi, Italy), let us not forget the hospitality of the original multicultural Christmas in the midst of all the traditions we have adapted from other cultures.
In order to begin thinking about this thing that we call ‘privilege’ and its concomitant ‘guilt’ it’s important to point out that privilege is a set of benefits conferred on you without your consent.
What if Halloween is actually an opportunity to share the Good News? What if it is an opportunity to meet with people and see a glimpse of The Kingdom of God?