‘Christ of the Breadlines’

“Jesus says in the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew: ‘I was hungry; did you feed me? I was naked; did you clothe me? I was sick; did you care for me? I was an alien; did you take me in? What you failed to do to the least of these, you failed to do to Me,…

Stewardship

Stewardship by Casey O’Brien Machado Fifteen years ago, when looking for a part-time, after-school job, I approached one of my favourite clothing stores to ask for an application form. I was surprised when the Manager mentioned that I would also need to attach a photo of myself to the application. I enquired about why a…

Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week starts today. The theme for 2016 is ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’. “Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.” JUSTSalvos has put together a bunch of Meeting resources to help you recognise Reconciliation Week in…

Rich v Poor: My place in the world as a Christian

by Matt Cairns I’m a middle-aged Australian male who lives in Sydney. I don’t consider myself rich but after 20 years of working, my wife and three kids live comfortably enough. We don’t earn heaps of money but enough to probably own 2 bedrooms and a bathroom in our house, and while the bank owns…

Fence or ambulance

  A friend of mine, a teenager, recently fell off his skateboard and grazed his leg badly. There was gravel and dirt stuck inside the wound, yet being a typical, stubborn teenager, this friend decided that the best course of action was to put a bandage over the wound so that it would stop bleeding…

Be the light

  by Casey O’Brien Machado When I was at school, “Religious Education” classes were compulsory. Twice a week, we would file into a classroom where a teacher who had likely been drafted into teaching this as a second subject would spend 90 minutes with us playing Bible Board Games or “Guess who – Bible Characters…

The Kingdom of God on Earth

The Kingdom of God on Earth by Casey O’Brien Machado The beautiful thing about being an advocate for Social Justice is that while our focus is on this world, our hope is in another. The bringing about of Social Justice is “The Kingdom of God on earth”. When we pray the Lord’s prayer, we ask “Thy…

Economic & Social Impact Survey 2016

Today The Salvation Army Australia released its annual Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS Report), which surveyed 1600 people across Australia who have come to The Salvos for assistance. The full report can be viewed here.  

Community needs? – Look around you

Community needs? – Look around you The Territorial Social Justice Department is often approached by individuals and Corps asking which campaigns they can get on board with, or what issues they can champion. However this is not always the right question to be asking. Sure, we could recite a list of Campaigns of which we…

Social Justice – Not an optional extra

Social Justice: Not an optional extra by Casey O’Brien Machado Recently, at a multi-denominational meeting, I introduced myself to a fellow attendee. Upon explaining my role to him, he responded “Oh, you’re a Social Justice person. I suppose that’s a given – you do belong to The Salvation Army. I am more of a Bible-type…

Who is my neighbour?

Who is my Neighbour? I live in a battle-axe block. There are four houses in close proximity to mine with many people living in each. I have a lot of neighbours – none of whom I know particularly well. I know that the lady out the front loves gardening. I know that there’s a grumpy…

Reflection: Live Below the Line Challenge

Rebecca from the Social Justice Department has been doing the Live Below the Line Challenge this week, living off only $2 for five days. You can show your support to Bec in her Challenge here. Reflection by Rebecca Percival The ‘Live Below the Line’ challenge involves having only $2 per day to spend on food. For…

The Salvation Army’s response to the Federal Budget 2016-17

The Salvation Army’s response to the Federal Budget 2016-17: “Whilst welcoming some of the major initiatives in this year’s Federal Budget, The Salvation Army says Australia’s most vulnerable remain inadequately supported” Details here.

ANZAC Day

by Casey O’Brien Machado On 25th April, many Australians will take to the streets to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have passed in the service of their country. What exactly is it that you will be remembering this ANZAC Day? Is it a person you knew? Is it images from a war…

Earth Day Reflections

Earth Day by Territorial Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Capt. Melanie-Anne Holland The reality is that our earth is in crisis – we are participants in a time when environmental degradation, species extinction, soil depletion, climate change and pollution are pushing ecological systems to a point from which they may never recover. Against the scale of this…

How Diverse is your suburb?

Our society is full of distractions which cause us to disengage with the world around us. This results in a failure to see how we can be helping to improve our local communities. We must start finding new and innovative ways to re-engage with the people around us in order to work towards positive change….

Look to the Cross

“We cannot begin a conversation about justice anywhere but at the cross of Jesus” (We thank She Reads Truth for this Good Friday reminder). What happened at the cross was the great inversion of justice. Jesus took the punishment that we deserved and in return we received a brand new life; we received hope; we…

Blood Diamonds: Healing the wound

Blood Diamonds: Healing the wound Not many people knew about where diamonds came from prior to the gripping 2006 movie “Blood Diamonds”. Set in war torn Sierra Leone, Africa, it tells the story of a man forced to mine diamonds for a local warlord and his desperate struggle to flea with his family to a…

The World for God

The World for God I love The Salvation Army Yearbook. Many of my friends tease me for my over-excitement at receiving a Yearbook on my desk. For those of you who have not yet experienced this gem, the Yearbook is a publication which includes statistics, details of programs and success stories from The Salvation Army…

Hope in the Midst of Despair

Hope in the Midst of Despair 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, last year – just days before our first carol service for the…