Uniting Church in Australia
264 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
A progressive faith community of justice-seeking friends in the heart of Sydney.
The Plan for Change - an event held at Pitt Street on 05-Nov-2015 - flyer
Mission and Justice Team - Activities, Policies, Reports
Pitt Street member and tireless advocate for refugees and asylum seekers, Dr Michael Dudley, was one of more than 40 current and former workers at Australia’s detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island who this week challenged Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton to prosecute them under new secrecy laws for speaking out over human rights abuses. They wrote: “If we witness child abuse in Australia we are legally obliged to report it to child protection authorities. If we witness child abuse in detention centres, we can go to prison for attempting to advocate for them effectively.” Read the open letter in The Guardian.
We are so grateful to Michael for his prophetic voice. Please speak out against this draconian law wherever and whenever you can.
Resisting the Border Force Act - Dr Michael Dudley
Recently, the Premier announced that around 8,000 asylum seekers living in Sydney will be able to access transport concessions in NSW. These asylum seekers are not permitted to work and many have faced severe mental health issues and social isolation as they wait in limbo for their claims to be processed. The Uniting Church and UnitingCare offer services such as English Language classes for asylum seekers, but many have not been able to access these crucial ministries because of costs of transport.
Uniting Church leaders in coalition with the Sydney Alliance and many refugee advocates were crucial in successfully campaigning for this issue.
Sydney Alliance - Transport Concessions for Asylum Seekers
Pitt Street Submission
Environment Protection Authority
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Pitt Street supports civil and church marriage equality... read more Pitt Street supports LGBTIQ equality... read more
Pitt Street supports refugees and asylum seekers
Pitt Street supports individual and community actions to respond to climate change
Pitt Street is a member of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.
The inquiry has been prompted by a focused and well constructed legislative Bill, from Senator Larissa Waters, a QLD Senator with the Greens.