Seeking a Fairer World:
Peace, Justice and the Environment.
1. Monthly Vigil
Monthly Vigil in support of people seeking asylum in Australia.
On the second Sunday of each month, we meet after the morning church service in the Avenue Centre, to focus on our concerns about Australia's treatment of asylum seekers. We discuss media items on the current situations, spend some time in prayer and frame letters to parliamentarians expressing our concerns and requesting a fairer deal for people seeking our protection.
2. Justice for all, compassion for those in Need.
Support for people seeking asylum in Australia through our participation with nearby Uniting Church congregations in the Outer Eastern Seeker Network. Under the auspices of UnitingCare Lentara Asylum Seeker Project we raise funds to provide accommodation and household expenses for asylum seekers living in our local community.
The Network has operated since 2002, financially supporting and advocating for asylum seekers. Members of the congregation are invited to financially support the project.
We also provide practical assistance by collecting toiletries and household cleaning products and household items for asylum seekers released from detention into the community.
We publicise and act on social and political issues of concern to the Uniting Church in Australia as defined by the Assembly Uniting Justice and the Synod Justice and International Mission Unit.
We seek a fairer world through our support of the Fairtrade initiative. We endeavour to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee from our kitchen and encourage everyone to seek out the Fairtrade logo when purchasing tea, coffee and chocolate.
5. Recognition and Respect.
In the spirit of reconciliation, we honour the original custodians the land on which the Church is built, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, their elders, past and present.
6. Care for the planet and all its inhabitants.
We encourage our congregation to care for our environment by treading lightly on the earth and to live simply, so that others may simply live.
7. Faith in Action.
Each month we focus on a specific project or activity as we seek a fairer world. This could be practical assistance or a special second mile offering for an emergency appeal or a project brought to our notice, example being Wesley Mission Lifeline, Frontier Services and Uniting Care Connections family services.
In addition we conduct special appeals each year for the Christmas Bowl, the SHARE Lenten appeal and SHARE Winter community appeal.
Contact Ken Turner Social Justice co ordinator for more information.
Telephone: 9878 6887