Sustainable Development Goal Nine – 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 Fifteen- 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 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…

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…

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…

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.  …

‘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 –…

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…

Voices for Justice 2016

Voices for Justice 2016 In mid-November, Social Justice Team members Rebecca Percival and Matt Cairns joined with 200 other Christians in Canberra to learn about advocating in the political sphere. Joining Bec and Matt were Emma, Damon, and Elise from Tuggeranong Corps, and Southern Territory Social Justice members Amanda and Simone. The three days, from November…

Salvo Academy: Being a Missional Salvationist

We were privileged to have Lt. Col (Dr) Lyn Edge present at our Salvo Academy ‘Being a Missional Salvationist’ evening. Lyn explore what it means to engage in mission in our context, the intersection between mission and justice, and how this is related to the Kingdom of God. It was a great evening and we…

Christmas!

Christmas can be a stressful time of year with presents to buy, events to attend, food to prepare and family to negotiate. But amongst the crazy chaos of this festive season, we can also ensure that the choices we make contribute to making the world look more like the Kingdom of God. Author Anne Lappe…

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…

Lest We Forget

by Casey O’Brien Machado Today is November 11th – Remembrance Day. It’s a day when many Australians will pause for a minute’s silence to remember those who have passed in the service of their country. At 11am, school halls will go relatively silent, some workplaces will cease to echo the sounds of typing, and 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…

International day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES 2016 Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education   ‘International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples’ was established in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations on August 9 1982. This meeting focused on the promotion and protection of Human Rights for Indigenous peoples. 2016’s theme…

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…