BOUNDLESS PLAINS TO SHARE?because everyone who flees persecution should find refuge
We live in a world which includes governments that persecute their citizens. Faced with death, imprisonment, and discrimination, many people have no option but to flee. Refugees depend on the international community to provide them with protection, but the international community is not stepping up. A handful of nations, such as Turkey, Uganda, and Pakistan, are host to hundreds of thousands of refugees, but are unable to provide the basic services the refugees need. Meanwhile nations such as Australia, that have the capacity to share the responsibility, each year offer protection to less that 1% of the world’s refugees.
BOUNDLESS PLAINS BOOK WITH SMALL GROUP STUDY GUIDE
A short book that covers the things you need to know to make sense of and respond to the global refugee crisis. Small group discussion guide included.
“In an age of border closings, Scott Higgins’ timely book is a powerful antidote to all the myths we hear and read about refugees. It counters the fear-mongering and common lies with a concise, clear-headed, authoritative analysis of the evolution and current shape of the refugee crisis. He explains why our international response is failing and how a Godly view can bring about global transformation. It is critical reading for anyone seeking an honest understanding of the crisis today facing the most vulnerable people on the planet.”
Rev. Tim Costello
A five page overview of the global refugee crisis and what we and our government can do in response. Updated April 2018.
RESPONDING TO REFUGEES IN AUSTRALIA. WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE?
A paper by Tim Costello and Nils Von Kalm in the September 2018 volume of the Christian Journal for Global Health
PEARLS & IRRITATIONS BLOG
John Menadue has held senior positions in the public and private sectors, including a period of time as the Head of the Department of Immigration. He blogs regularly and thoughtfully on refugee issues.
TAKE ACTION DURING rEFUGEE WEEK (SUN JUNE 16 – SAT JUNE 22, 2019)
We encourage churches to participate in Refugee Week, held in the middle of June each year.
Include a focus on refugees in your church services on the Sunday of Refugee Week. We will publish a refugee week worship tool by May 1.
HOST AN EVENT
Host a dinner at which a refugee living in your community shares their story; run a fundraiser for a local refugee support group; conduct a film screening of a refugee-focussed movie.
CONTACT YOUR MP
After the Federal election (expected to be held in May 2019) we will publish an advocacy resource you can use to dialogue with your MP about Australia’s response to refugees