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…

The 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…

The 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…

Fairtrade Fondue

At EQUIP Gala Day at Booth College last weekend, EQUIP Campers who had spent the week in the Social Justice Stream held a Fairtrade Fondue stall. The purpose of the stall was to utilise their newly-learned ‘Campaigning through Conversation’ skills. The Campers did a fantastic job of educating purchasers on the importance of buying Fairtrade and…

What is the Moral and Social Issues Council?

MASIC’s website can be found here   WHAT IS MASIC? The Australia Eastern Territory’s Moral and Social Issues Council (MASIC) helps The Salvation Army to think about significant moral, religious and social issues. It comprises Salvationists from a range of backgrounds across New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. On behalf of The Salvation…

Jesus & Justice

  Jesus and Justice is fantastic book-length study that has been developed by The International Social Justice Commission. When we look at the life of Jesus, we find a person whose sole purpose was to bring those around Him closer to His heavenly Father. In looking to His example, we see a life which was wholly…

What is Social Justice?

The Social Justice Department is regularly asked the question – “what exactly is social justice?” This is a difficult question to answer, as the term “social justice” evokes a variety of responses which differ from person to person. We believe that it is impossible and somewhat unwise to pin down a single definition, as to…

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…

2016 Election Issue – Education

Education Education is a powerful tool by which people can lift themselves out of poverty. A lack of education often leads to exclusion from social, economic, and community benefits. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 calls for “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. We urge you to prayerfully consider…

How to contact your local MP

1. Find out who your local MP is: CLICK HERE to search for your local member’s contact details   Type in your postcode and click on search   Click on the name of your local member to find contact details   Contact details will be displayed 2. Choose a medium for contacting the MP Letter/Email…

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…

Book Suggestions

  Looking for a great read or resource? Check out some of these books. We highly recommend them! ‘When Justice is the Measure’ by Christine MacMillan, Don Posterski & James E. Read Information on this book here. Available for purchase from The Trade here.   ‘Jesus & Justice’ by The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission Jesus…

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….

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…