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 Five – 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 Six- 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 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 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 Ten – 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 the Drought

Prayer for the Drought We pray for the land we hear the promise you have spoken in Isaiah of the refreshment of the creation; of water in the desert, of renewal for the land, of hope, of life. We name our simple need – rain for our thirsty land. Our tanks and dams are nearly…

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 Thirteen – 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 Fourteen – 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…

War & Peace – Why We Care

When we tune in to the news, sometimes it can feel like war is everywhere and there is nothing we can do about it. We live in a broken world where we experience and contribute to conflict on a daily basis. While military conflict may not directly affect your life, on a smaller scale there…

NAIDOC Week 2018 – Interview with Sue Hodges

Sue Hodges is part of The Salvation Army’s Indigenous Ministries team as The Divisional Indigenous Engagement Coordinator (NSW/ACT). We had the pleasure of interviewing her to hear more from her about NAIDOC Week 2018 and how The Salvation Army engages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Thanks for being willing to share with us,…

Politics – Why We Care

“Social Justice necessarily involves politics because it takes place in a polis – in organised groups of people attempting to live together. Even when Christians agree on the end of biblical justice that protects the vulnerable and allows for shalom, there is still the question of how that end is best achieved” (Ken Wytsma).  …

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…

The Environment – Why We Care

The Salvation Army believes people are made in the image of God and have been entrusted with the care of the Earth and everything in it. The Salvation Army recognises environmental degradation as one of the most pressing issues facing the world today with its effects felt disproportionately by the most vulnerable communities, particularly in…

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…

The Salvation Army’s Policy Statements 2017-18

The Salvation Army’s official Policy Statements for 2017-2018 can be found here. These are the statements which clearly set out the Army’s recommendations for government on various social issues.

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…

How to perform an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’

A ‘Welcome to Country’ or an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ – What’s the difference? A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people to welcome visitors to their traditional land. It can take many forms, depending on the particular  culture of the traditional owners. It can include singing, dancing, smoking…

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…