Sustainable Development Goal One – An Australian Focus

The United Nation’s 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 articles looking at each SDG from an Australian, Salvation Army…

Sustainable Development Goal Four – An Australian Focus

The United Nation’s 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 articles looking at each SDG from an Australian, Salvation Army…

Salvo Academy: Snapshots of Justice

Salvo Academy’s ‘Snapshots of Justice’ was an evening to check out snapshots of justice from around the Australia Eastern Territory, and explore how we can create glimpses of justice in our own area of influence. Our guests speakers covered The Salvation Army ministry areas of Chaplaincy, Moneycare, Salvo’s Legal, Multicultural Ministry, a Corps Based ministry engaging…

Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory has published its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). “Reconciliation Action Plans provide a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation. RAPs are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities. RAPs create social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians” (www.reconciliation.org.au/raphub/). The…

Section 18C – Racial Discrimination Act 1975

What is the issue?  It has been proposed by several members of parliament and society that amendments to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA) should be made. Currently section 18C makes it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” a person because of their “race, colour or national or ethnic origin”.   Why is…

A Theology of Mental Illness – Part 2

Meaningful engagement with the Mentally Unwell by Matt Cairns Research shows that one in five Australians will experience a mental illness, and most of us will experience a mental health problem during our lifetime.[1] A mental illness is an acute health problem that significantly affects how a person feels, thinks, behaves, and interacts with other…

Proposed changes to Migration Act

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government would be introducing amendments to the Migration Act 1958. These proposed amendments, if legislated, would have significant consequences for people seeking asylum and refuge who have arrived, or attempted to arrive in Australia by boat. The Salvation Army is extremely concerned  that these amendments…

A Theology of Mental Illness – Part 1

by Matt Cairns A middle-aged man stood up during the testimony time, and shared that he had been feeling so depressed lately that he had even thought about taking his own life, simply to end the mental anguish. Rightly, the officer took time in the service to pray for this man and invited others to…

Social Justice Stream at EQUIP Camp

Last week, a ‘Social Justice’ stream was run at EQUIP NSW & ACT. ‘EQUIP’ is an annual week-long Camp, run by The Salvation Army, which aims to equip youth and young adults in their spiritual lives and in ministry. Campers are given the opportunity to develop themselves in two elective streams, make new friends and enjoy…