#LetThemStay – 6 ways to get involved
The Synod of NSW and the ACT affirms and supports the actions of churches offering sanctuary in response to The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan agreeing to offer sanctuary to asylum-seeker families affected by the recent High Court decision. The recent High Court decision upheld the Government’s right to detain people in immigration detention centres, with 267 people including 37 babies facing imminent removal from Australia.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene directly to prevent the return of more than 250 asylum seekers, including children and babies, to offshore detention.
“Mr Turnbull, I appeal to your sense of compassion. Please step in and make the moral decision to protect these vulnerable people,” said Mr McMillan.
“Returning families and babies to Nauru and Manus may be legal, but it is not humane. To send people, especially children and Australian-born babies, back to the place that has caused them such harm would be an outrage against human dignity.”
Every human being is made in the image of God. As a Church we have a responsibility to protect and care for those fleeing persecution. The Synod affirms and supports the actions of churches offering sanctuary which include; Kippax Uniting Church, Balmain Uniting Church, Pitt Street Uniting Church and Wayside Chapel.
Six ways your Church can become involved in the “Fast and pray to #LetThemStay” campaign.
- Watch the video from Director of UnitingJustice Rev. Elenie Poulos
- Join the growing list of Congregations in NSW and the ACT to offer your Church as a place of sanctuary and email Unitingjustice@nat.uca.org.au
- Order a banner from our print portal to display on your Church building to show your support for the campaign
- Uniting Church members are encouraged to contact their local members of Parliament to make their views known to Mr Turnbull and his Government by supporting this petition
- Sign the petition by the Social Justice Forum
- Download this graphic and share on social media
Photo courtesy of Siobhan Marren