What to do with leftovers – Easter Edition

This article has divided our team right down the middle into two camps – one side who cannot fathom the possibility of chocolate leftovers in any form, and the other side who are, well, hoarders, and still find little eggs in the pantry right up until Christmas. Whichever camp you are in, if you do…

How to Have An Ethical Easter

Easter. If you ask my children, they will tell you it is all about Jesus and chocolate. The hollow inside of the Easter Egg is supposed to remind us of the empty tomb, and the signature cross of a hot cross bun alludes to the death and resurrection of the Son of God, but let’s…

The Political Perspective of Social Justice

Sometimes when people talk about something being ‘political’ they mean it is topical or controversial.  Actually, ‘politics’ just involves any of the activities or issues associated with governing a group (in this case a country or a state).  In Australia, and most other liberal democracies, politics involves a certain amount of conflict between ideas, and…

The Social Work Perspective of Social Justice

Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social…

The Economic Perspective of Social Justice

“Everyone, as a member of society, . . . is entitled to realization. . . of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality” “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against…

The Legal Perspective of Social Justice

Justice is a famously hard thing to define. It is beyond fairness, it is more than equality. It is a jumble of values, perspectives and outside factors which evolve over time. ‘The Law’ is used interchangeably with ‘justice’. But it is wrong to say that when something has a legal outcome, it is a ‘just’…

The Theological Perspective of Social Justice

Justice is a biblically defined, theological, Christian issue. It is not a human construct. So, it is Scripture that determines what the justice issues are. This gives a distinct authority and delineates what justice is, and what it is not. This is so integral to humans that we carry within us an innate sense of…

Perspectives of Social Justice

World Social Justice Day is coming up on Saturday the 20th of February and it has got us thinking about the many different perspectives of social justice there are depending on your background and line of influence. For example, how I, as an Ordained Minister, think about social justice, may be very different to how…

What Does it Mean to be Australian – In Conversation with Sue Hodges

Sue Hodges is a proud Wiradjuri woman and is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Coordinator for The Salvation Army NSW and ACT Division. As we have with all our participants, we asked Sue what her thoughts were on January 26 and this is what she said: If all Australians could show empathy for…

What Does it Mean to be Australian – In Conversation with Andrew Lee

Captain (Capitano) Andrew Lee is an Australian Officer currently serving as Finance Officer at The Salvation Army Command for Italy and Greece in Rome. He has also served before officership in Pakistan and as an officer in Bangladesh. As a man who has called many places “home”, and yet identifies as Australian, we asked Andrew…

What Does it Mean to be Australian – In Conversation with Blessing Maduka

Blessing Maduka is an Inclusion Engagement Coordinator for Victoria and comes to Australia from Nigeria. She has not yet received her permanent citizenship status, and yet her understanding of what it means to be Australian certainly makes us proud to have her here and calling Australia home. We had a conversation with Blessing and she…

What Does it Mean to be Australian – In Conversation with Major Andrew Craib

Major Andrew Craib is the General Manager for Client Information and Contract Services. Whilst being born and raised in Australia, Andrew’s background is that of an Anglo-Australian with Scottish ancestry. We had a conversation with Andrew and asked him the following questions: Q: What cultural background do you, or your family, identify as? My parents…

What Does it Mean to be Australian?

Our history is an interwoven tapestry of cultures and languages, rituals and song, love and struggle, stories and dreamings. To be Australian is as rich as the bright red soil of the outback, and as flowing as the rivers that etch through our great land. So why then is celebrating our identity as Australians, at…

How Kids can do Social Justice – Part 4

When it comes to making a positive difference in the world, sometimes young people say ‘What can I do – I’m just a kid!’ The answer to that is LOTS! Kids from all around the world have made a difference to the other people’s lives and continue to do so right now. So don’t think…

How Kids can do Social Justice – Part 3

When it comes to making a positive difference in the world, sometimes young people say ‘What can I do – I’m just a kid!’ The answer to that is LOTS! Kids from all around the world have made a difference to the other people’s lives and continue to do so right now. So don’t think…

How Kids can do Social Justice – Part 2

When it comes to making a positive difference in the world, sometimes young people say ‘What can I do – I’m just a kid!’ The answer to that is LOTS! Kids from all around the world have made a difference to the other people’s lives and continue to do so right now. So don’t think…

How Kids can do Social Justice – Part 1

When it comes to making a positive difference in the world, sometimes young people say ‘What can I do – I’m just a kid!’ The answer to that is LOTS! Kids from all around the world have made a difference to other people’s lives and continue to do so right now. So don’t think just…

Reconciliation Action Plan Artwork

Our vision for reconciliation is to be a faith movement committed to social justice, equity and freedom. We aim to respect, value and acknowledge the unique cultures, spiritualities, histories and languages of the oldest surviving culture in the world, and to engage in a unified and positive relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples…

United Kingdom

The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on life across the UK has been immense. It has posed a series of challenges for individuals and families, as well as the public, private, faith and charitable sectors, which are likely to be among some of the most the significant we ever face.Yet, despite the magnitude of these challenges,…

New Zealand

These are unusual times. New Zealand, like every nation has experienced National Lockdown and continues to address the global pandemic. The Government has responded swiftly and strongly with various economic packages, health advice and new measures and health-based restrictions that have created a new normal in Aotearoa. As we adjust to this new normal, The…

Australia

Disaster doesn’t discriminate, and The Salvation Army Australia believes opportunity shouldn’t either. Sudden job losses, unexpected health crises or a natural disaster can strike at any time and we believe that opportunity, recovery and hope for the future. The Salvation Army believes we can use the lessons of 2020 to address the drivers of disadvantage…

Homelessness – Why We Care

Homelessness is a widespread and serious issue in our country. It is not someone else’s issue. It impacts all of us, whether or not we experience it ourselves. People experiencing homelessness sleep on the street, in cars, in shelters, and in overcrowded dwellings. They live in every jurisdiction in Australia, representing both a personal hardship…

Racism: Why We Care

 by Alphonse Mulumba It was lunch time on an ordinary Thursday. Famished as he was and tired from a long Launceston-Hobart drive, the 26-year-old African stopped by McDonald’s Bridgewater (a northern Suburb in Hobart) to have his favourite take-away meal: a Big Mac. For this piece, we’ll call him Tatenda. Tatenda gently parked his car,…

Family & Domestic Violence – Why We Care

By Deborah Tkalcevic – Policy & Advocacy Adviser ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE AND BE RECOGNISED FOR WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY BRING TO THE WORLD The Salvation Army wholeheartedly supports efforts to eliminate violence within families as human life is sacred and all people should be treated with dignity and…

What is Poverty

By Yvonne Kwan – Policy and Advocacy Adviser Most of us have an intuitive understanding of what it means to be poor. Perhaps it looks like a child in tattered clothes. Or a bare pantry. Or perhaps an adult shivering on a cold winter’s night. Poverty describes the everyday experience of people who are struggling…

Jesus and Feminism

By Major Christine Faragher One of the challenges in speaking about the relationship between Jesus and feminism is defining the terms. We need to ask, “whose Jesus?” and “which feminism?”. From the very beginning of the early church, and ever since, Christians have had very different perspectives on the meanings of what Jesus said and…

A stranger sat at my dining table

This is my dinner table. It was gifted to me as a hand-me-down when I first moved out of home eight years ago. It has specs of glitter embedded in it; streaks of green and red paint have stained the wood, and there is a water-mark from a plant that adorned the table top for…

“How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?”

The sounds of Boney M echoed through our lecture room. Some of the younger cadets looked a little lost (what sort of old music is this?), but everyone (even the Training Principal) grooved to the reggae beats of “By the Rivers of Babylon”. Our guest lecturer, Lt. Colin Reynolds (Corps Officer at Sunshine), while discussing…

‘Women of Justice’ Bible Study

This four-part bible study explores how we can work to see God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Produced for the Salvos Women Resource Manual 2019 (NSW/ACT Division), this study challenges us to look at our own lives and question how we can be more like Jesus. Based upon the social justice principles…

Poverty – Why We Care

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your…

War & Peace – Why We Care

When we tune in to the news, sometimes it can feel like war is everywhere and there is nothing we can do about it. We live in a broken world where we experience and contribute to conflict on a daily basis. While military conflict may not directly affect your life, on a smaller scale there…

Politics – Why We Care

“Social Justice necessarily involves politics because it takes place in a polis – in organised groups of people attempting to live together. Even when Christians agree on the end of biblical justice that protects the vulnerable and allows for shalom, there is still the question of how that end is best achieved” (Ken Wytsma). Those…

The Environment – Why We Care

The Salvation Army believes people are made in the image of God and have been entrusted with the care of the Earth and everything in it. The Salvation Army recognises environmental degradation as one of the most pressing issues facing the world today with its effects felt disproportionately by the most vulnerable communities, particularly in…

Living water, liveable communities

Living water, liveable communities BY MATT SEAMAN Why should we as Salvationists be interested or concerned about issues relating to water? There are some strong biblical, ethical, practical and personal reasons for us – as followers of Jesus, as Salvationists – to be sensitive and attentive to the state of this precious, God-given resource. Of…

Prayers for Justice

Prayer for Justice God, you have given all peoples on common origin. It is your will that they be gathered together as one family in yourself. Fill the hearts of humankind with the fire of your love and with the desire to ensure justice for all. By sharing the good things you give us, may…

Justice Themed Song List

Social Justice Songs Below are some great songs to consider if you are organising a justice-themed worship service. We are constantly updating this list  so if you know of a great one we’ve missed, let us know at socialjustice@aue.salvationarmy.org or comment below! Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) – Chris Tomlin As it is in Heaven…