Uniting Church in Australia
264 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
A progressive faith community of justice-seeking friends in the heart of Sydney.
Given at our 10:00 am service on Sundays
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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
Last week 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
Organised by the Faith Ecology Network (FEN) this multi-faith forum will feature keynote speaker, Dr Haydn Washington, scientist and author, Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW, as well as responses from the Hindu, Buddhists, Muslim, Jewish and Christians faith tradition on the issue of growth economy.
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney.
Cost: $10 donation to assist with costs.
Healthy Earth, Endless Growth - Are they Compatible?
06:30 pm for 07:00 pm start, Thursday, 23-Jul-2015
As part of his national tour to launch his book The Jihad of Jesus, Dave Andrews, Christian anarchist author, speaker, social activist, community worker, will discuss Christian Muslim relations and how we can build a peaceful society through understanding what we share in common.
Public event Hosted by The Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ).
Dave Andrews - Seeking Peace Through Dialogue
06:00 to 07:30 pm, Sunday, 02-Aug-2015, Pitt Street Uniting Church