Sustainable Development Goal Five – An Australian Focus

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of goals that meet the urgent environmental, political, social and economic challenges facing our world. Utilising The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission’s SDG publication Go and Do Something, we have created easy to read focus articles looking at each SDG from an Australian, Salvation…

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).  …

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 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…

Shopping Ethically – Why We Care

We all love a good bargain. But at what cost? The supply and demand nature of our shopping industries can lead to adverse outcomes for many. From slave labour to poor working conditions, unsafe practices through to the consolidation of vast profits to a few individuals, our shopping practices need to be viewed through 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….

How to perform an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’

A ‘Welcome to Country’ or an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ – What’s the difference? A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people to welcome visitors to their traditional land. It can take many forms, depending on the particular  culture of the traditional owners. It can include singing, dancing, smoking…

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…

Pray harder for those…

Pray harder for those… Pray for those who are hungry. Pray harder for those who will not feed them. Pray for those who struggle each week to pay their bills. Pray harder for the wealthy who do not care. Pray for those who are homeless. Pray harder for those who deny them shelter. Pray for…

Agnus Dei – Micah 6:8

Agnus Dei – Micah 6:8 Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, bring justice with your forgiveness. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, we thank you for your mercy. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, may we ask in humble tones……

Prayers about Human Trafficking

PRAYER TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING O God, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend and our hearts feel when we hear of men, women and children deceived, transported to unknown places, force into prostitution or other forms of labour for the financial gain of traffickers – their slaveholders. Our hearts are saddened…