Poverty – Why We Care

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your…

Sustainable Development Goal Seven – 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…

Prayers for Eradicating Poverty

Prayers for Eradicating Poverty Creator God, Your image is alive in every human person giving to each of us an inviolable dignity. Create in us a desire to act in solidarity, the ability to work together, and a willingness to share with others our time, our energy, our skills and talents and our wealth. As…

‘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,…

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 – Overseas Aid

Overseas Aid Almost half of the world’s population survives on less than AUD$2 a day, and about 20% live on less than AUD$1 a day. Meanwhile, in Australia the average weekly earnings in November 2015 was $1,145.70 which equals just over $160 per day. As a wealthier nation, we are therefore in a position to be…

2016 Election Issue – Poverty and Disadvantage

Poverty and Disadvantage Despite our national wealth, thousands of Australians still struggle every day to meet their basic daily needs. The Australian Government provides welfare and partners with many organisations such as The Salvation Army in doing this. We urge you to prayerfully consider your important vote this election. The Salvation Army’s Policy Statement on ‘Poverty…

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…