The Ration Challenge Week; a Reflection

By Matt Cairns There are currently almost 23 million refugees in the world – that’s almost the population of Australia! These are people who have had to flee their country due to wars, famines, and other life-threatening issues. They are part of the 66 million people who are currently classed as displaced from their homes….

Economic & Social Impact Survey 2017

Today The Salvation Army Australia released its annual Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS Report), which surveyed 1380 people across Australia who have come to The Salvos for assistance. Some of the key findings of this report show that a significant number of families and individuals who accessed Salvation Army Emergency Relief support experienced some…

Salvo Academy: The Salvation Army and Contemporary Social Issues

Have you ever wondered what a Positional Statement is and why we have them? Do you know what the Moral and Social Issues Council (MASIC) does? Come and find out at our next Salvo Academy event as we discuss ‘The Salvation Army and Contemporary Social Issues’. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Lt. Col. Geanette Seymour,…

The Salvation Army’s Response to the Federal Budget 2017-18

The Salvation Army’s response to the Federal Budget 2017-18: “The Salvation Army has concerns that for Australians already living on the margins this year’s federal budget will lead to greater hardship, despite positive new initiatives that will benefit some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.” Details can be found here

2018 Ethical Fashion Guide

Baptist World Aid 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide Our friends at Baptist World Aid have released their annual ‘Ethical Fashion Guide.’ “The Ethical Fashion Guide is a companion to the 2018 Ethical Fashion Report. Use it to help you make everyday, ethical purchasing decisions. Take it with you when you shop and buy your clothes from the…

An Ethical Easter

The time has come to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ by eating a lot of chocolate, particularly rabbit-shaped chocolate. And while this tradition does speak to us about the empty tomb, new-life, and freedom in Christ, for some who have provided the cocoa to make your Easter eggs, freedom and life worth living is far…

Salvo Academy: Being a Missional Salvationist

Salvo Academy is back! Put it in your diary – you won’t want to miss out on hearing Lyn Edge (Major Dr.). Salvo Academy is a series of discussions and keynote presentations designed to help you grow as a disciple and learn more about the world around you. It aims to equip believers by providing…

National Apology Day 2017

By Caitlin Brown On 10th December 1992, Paul Keating challenged Australians’ to create racial equality through mutual understanding. For the first time in Australian history, he encouraged the nation to empathise and reconcile with Indigenous Australians. However, with the “Redfern Speech” remaining one of the most progressive speeches in Australian History, there was one key…

Whose Kingdom – God’s or mine?

Whose Kingdom – God’s or mine? By Matt Cairns Recently I had the opportunity to attend a church in San Francisco known for its ministry to the marginalised. As I lined up to enter the sanctuary, a line of around 100 homeless men and women were entering another part of the building for their Sunday…

Voices for Justice 2016

Voices for Justice 2016 In mid-November, Social Justice Team members Rebecca Percival and Matt Cairns joined with 200 other Christians in Canberra to learn about advocating in the political sphere. Joining Bec and Matt were Emma, Damon, and Elise from Tuggeranong Corps, and Southern Territory Social Justice members Amanda and Simone. The three days, from November…

A reflection on Martin Place

by Casey O’Brien Machado Each year, Sydney Congress Hall Corps leads a Carol Service at the Martin Place Christmas Tree in the nights leading up to Christmas. These services are loud, joyful and full of life. However, two years ago – just days before our first carol service for the year was scheduled – a man…

Christmas!

Christmas can be a stressful time of year with presents to buy, events to attend, food to prepare and family to negotiate. But amongst the crazy chaos of this festive season, we can also ensure that the choices we make contribute to making the world look more like the Kingdom of God. Author Anne Lappe…