Kingdom Come – A Sermon Series

The Salvation Army’s Wollongong Corps recently completed a fantastic 7 week series on Social Justice called ‘Kingdom Come’. Presented by various speakers, including from the Social Justice Department, it covered the biblical call to justice and why it is important, as well as several key principles of Social Justice. Each sermon included a challenge to…

Social Justice Themed Devotionals

Many of us use and appreciate devotional aids to help reflect upon our Christian walk, and we have complied some Social Justice ones for you to explore. Whether by yourself or as a family, we encourage you to think deeply about Scriptures call to “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly…

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…

Sustainable Development Goal Eleven – 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…

Sustainable Development Goal Twelve – 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…

Sustainable Development Goal Seventeen – 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…

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues – Why we care

“The Salvation Army seeks to help people discover, develop and enjoy their God-given capacities for abundant living.”[1]   The statistics we see involving our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters highlight significant inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, including being over represented in prisons and having significantly higher rates of preventable health concerns….

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…

A Prayer for Economic Justice

God of justice and compassion, whose light shines into our hearts and into our nation’s halls of power, strengthen our faith as we acknowledge the enormity of our task: to include all in the prosperity of this land. We pray for your spirit of generosity in challenging greed and neglect. Give us your grace to…

Holy Week & Justice – A Reflection

by Matt Cairns   The time between Palm Sunday to the crucifixion of Jesus was 5 days… What is a working week for most of us was all it took for the crowds of Jerusalem to go from: “Hosanna to the Son of David!”                       …

Living water, liveable communities

Living water, liveable communities BY MATT SEAMAN Why should we as Salvationists be interested or concerned about issues relating to water? There are some strong biblical, ethical, practical and personal reasons for us – as followers of Jesus, as Salvationists – to be sensitive and attentive to the state of this precious, God-given resource. Of…

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….

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……

A Prayer For Courage to do Justice

For Courage to do Justice O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others Open my ears that I may hear their cries; Open my heart so that they need not be without succor; Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong, Nor…

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…

Prayers for Peace

Peace and Justice Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We come before you, Lord, crying out in a violent land, crying for peace. Conflict is tearing people apart. Our brothers and sisters suffer around the world. We share their…

A Prayer of Indigenous Peoples, Refugees, Immigrants, and Pilgrims

A Prayer of Indigenous Peoples, Refugees, Immigrants, and Pilgrims Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we come before you as many parts of a single body. people drawn from every tribe, every nation, every language; some indigenous—peoples of the land; some refugees, immigrants, pilgrims—people on the move; some hosts, some guests, some both hosts…

A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table BY CARLA AND JONATHAN EVANS In our culture, hospitality is a forgotten way of life. Even in our churches, a weak cup of coffee after the morning service is often our only expression of this ancient practice. But hospitality is at the heart of our faith, rooted in God’s welcome…

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…

A Prayer for Asylum Seekers & Refugees

A Prayer for Refugee Week Just Salvos Congregation: Beneath our radiant Southern Cross, we’ll toil with hearts and hands; God, we recognise that it is you who created this land. God, we recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples were the First Nation Peoples of what we now call Australia. We recognise that we…

Short Prayers for Young People

SHORT PRAYERS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE The Jesuit Institute Live Simply Compassionate and loving God, you created a beautiful world for us to share: Give us the desire to live simply, so that our lives show your generosity. You made us responsible for the earth: guide us so that those who come after us may enjoy…

The Lord’s Prayer for Justice 

The Lord’s Prayer for Justice  from The Holy Longing – Ronald Rolheiser OMI Our Father . . .who always stands with the weak, the powerless, the poor, the abandoned, the sick, the aged, the very young, the unborn, and those who, by victim of circumstance, bear the heat of the day. Who art in heaven ….

May God bless you with discomfort – A Franciscan Prayer

A Franciscan Prayer for Justice May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. May God bless you…

For Cities

A prayer for Cities God of heaven and earth, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy city to which the nations of the world bring their glory. Look upon and visit the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard that form our civic life. Send us honest…

On Creation – Walter Bruggemann

On Creation – Walter Bruggemann   Yours – we gladly attest – is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Yours – we gladly assert – are the heavens and the earth.   It is you who has made all that is, sun, moon, stars, rivers, forests, minerals, birds, beasts, fish – and us.  …

Giver of All Good Gifts – Walter Bruggemann

Giver of Good Gifts – Walter Bruggemann You are the God who feeds and nourishes. You are the God who assures that we have more than enough, and we do not doubt that you satisfy the desire of every living thing. Even in such an assurance, however, we scramble for more food. After we have…

‘Prayers for Justice’ Resources

Below you will find a list of Social Justice related prayers for use in meetings or even your personal devotions. We are always looking to add to these resource so we welcome suggestions. Prayers for the Drought – Various Prayers for Peace – Various Prayers for Eradicating Poverty – Various Prayers about Human Trafficking –…

The Ration Challenge Week; a Reflection

By Matt Cairns There are currently almost 23 million refugees in the world – that’s almost the population of Australia! These are people who have had to flee their country due to wars, famines, and other life-threatening issues. They are part of the 66 million people who are currently classed as displaced from their homes….

2018 Ethical Fashion Guide

Baptist World Aid 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide Our friends at Baptist World Aid have released their annual ‘Ethical Fashion Guide.’ “The Ethical Fashion Guide is a companion to the 2018 Ethical Fashion Report. Use it to help you make everyday, ethical purchasing decisions. Take it with you when you shop and buy your clothes from the…

An Ethical Easter

The time has come to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ by eating a lot of chocolate, particularly rabbit-shaped chocolate. And while this tradition does speak to us about the empty tomb, new-life, and freedom in Christ, for some who have provided the cocoa to make your Easter eggs, freedom and life worth living is far…

Salvo Academy: Being a Missional Salvationist

Salvo Academy is back! Put it in your diary – you won’t want to miss out on hearing Lyn Edge (Major Dr.). Salvo Academy is a series of discussions and keynote presentations designed to help you grow as a disciple and learn more about the world around you. It aims to equip believers by providing…

Whose Kingdom – God’s or mine?

Whose Kingdom – God’s or mine? By Matt Cairns Recently I had the opportunity to attend a church in San Francisco known for its ministry to the marginalised. As I lined up to enter the sanctuary, a line of around 100 homeless men and women were entering another part of the building for their Sunday…

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…

Salvo Academy: Justice in 2017

From the #metoo movement to #taketheknee and everything in between, 2017 has been a big year around the world… so let’s catch up! Come and join in a night of conversations and discussion around some of the biggest issues taking place across the globe. Salvo Academy is a series of discussions and keynote presentations designed…

Salvo Academy: Advancing Justice – A National Perspective

Our first Salvo Academy of 2017 saw the Southern Territory’s Social Justice Dept. JUSTSalvos and our own Social Justice Department AUE come together to talk about how we can advance Justice nationally. ‘Salvo Academy: Advancing Justice – A National Perspective’ was a great evening of teaching and discussion and we invite you to watch the recording below….