Australia’s response to asylum seekers and refugees is one of the most significant issues of our age. It is a vexed and very complex issue, muddled by incorrect information and political manoeuvring. As a Christian people, we are called to provide care and comfort to people who come to this country seeking refuge.
The Uniting Church approaches the issue of asylum seekers and refugees in the context of the words of Jesus. He spoke of a new community established on righteousness and love, and based on a fellowship of reconciliation — a community in which all members work together for the good of the whole. In essence, working for this kind of society is our contribution to civil society. When we work for freedom, human rights and the common good of the community we are expressing our faith. It is an outworking of the community of God.
The new worship songLove Makes a Way. Get the lyrics, guitar chords and piano music. This song encourages us to think about how our faith in Jesus informs our response to refugees, especially children, fleeing persecution to Australia.
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce promotes a shared Christian vision of compassion and hospitality for asylum seekers and refugees. The Uniting Church is well represented on the Taskforce who produced a foundation paper Why Churches Care About Asylum Seekers.
BRASS Network (Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network) produced Walking Together for people wanting to support asylum seekers in Brisbane. The Uniting Church in Queensland belongs to the BRASS Network.
UnitingJustice Australia produces papers, submissions and resources to inform the Christian response to asylum seekers and refugees, including Asylum Seekers Myths & Facts and Justice for Asylum Seekers: Prayer Resources.
Crowd cheers Uniting Church
UnitingJustice director Rev Elenie Poulos addressed a recent Let Them Stay rally, speaking to church and non-church people. The words and actions of the Uniting Church received a very warm reception.
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