What is Poverty?

Rich and poor – it’s a strange dichotomy that describes and divides our world. Surely, however, there is more to humanity than our economic condition and more to our story than being defined by one or the other. Poverty describes the everyday experience of people who are struggling to have their basic needs of food,…

Economic & Social Impact Survey 2018

The Salvation Army Australia has released the key findings from its annual Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS Report), which surveyed 1267 people across Australia who have come to The Salvos for assistance. Some of the key findings of this report show a drastic need for an increase to the NewStart allowance. The report showed that…

The Language of Justice

by Matt Cairns Injustice rightly gets our blood boiling, and engaging in conversations with those who perpetrate or support those acts of injustice can get quite heated. “How can you….?!?!? How dare you treat them like….!!!! You heartless so and so….!!!” In messy and painful conversations about social justice issues, it doesn’t take much for…

The Salvation Army’s Response to the Federal Budget 2018-19

The Salvation Army’s response to the Federal Budget 2018-19: “While some low-income earners gain a little from taxation changes in this budget, there’s nothing for those surviving on the lowest income support payments. It’s this group who are most in need, who are driven by desperation to the doors of The Salvation Army for help,…

The Salvation Army’s Policy Statements 2017-18

The Salvation Army’s official Policy Statements for 2017-2018 can be found here. These are the statements which clearly set out the Army’s recommendations for government on various social issues.

Holy Week & Justice – A Reflection

by Matt Cairns   The time between Palm Sunday to the crucifixion of Jesus was 5 days… What is a working week for most of us was all it took for the crowds of Jerusalem to go from: “Hosanna to the Son of David!”                       …

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…

Women in The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has understood the value of women, and particularly the value of women and men working together, since its very beginnings. Right from the start, our Founders saw women as having equality within the leadership and ministry of the Church, which resulted in women being some of the most influential people of the…

Not Just Australia Day – How to engage with Indigenous issues every day

The ongoing struggles faced by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters are often highlighted on specific days such as Australia Day, or through NAIDOC Week events. However, as time moves on and the highlights die down, we often forget about these issues until the next time they are in the public spotlight….

Salvo Academy: ‘Our Shared History’ Discussion Questions

Our most recent Salvo Academy Event featured The Salvation Army’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group. We enjoyed learning from them, and joining them as they had a yarn. Below are some of the key points that came out of the discussion. How can we engage our Indigenous brothers and sisters in our…

A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table BY CARLA AND JONATHAN EVANS In our culture, hospitality is a forgotten way of life. Even in our churches, a weak cup of coffee after the morning service is often our only expression of this ancient practice. But hospitality is at the heart of our faith, rooted in God’s welcome…