Friday, July 19, 2013

A day of sharing - but Rudd chooses his moments

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Tomorrow is a special day for the Uniting Church, a day to celebrate diversity, multiculturalism, being host and guest in our country to new people, but certainly our politicians have chosen otherwise with a decision yesterday, a bold one, an inhumane one, to try and stop the leaky boats with asylum seekers. Okay, some are potentially economic migrants, or adventurers but so were many of our ancestors who came to Australia from Europe.

from today's Age: No asylum seeker who comes by boat will ever be resettled in Australia, under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's dramatic and ''hardline'' rewrite of refugee laws.
They will instead be sent to Papua New Guinea for processing and, if found to be refugees, will be resettled in the island nation.
In the strongest line a modern Labor prime minister has yet taken against asylum seekers, Mr Rudd said: ''As of today, asylum seekers who come here by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia.''

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from today's Age:

And from the Uniting church.
One Great Sunday of Sharing is held each year on the 3rd Sunday in July, or another date best suited to the local setting.  
One Great Sunday of Sharing provides an opportunity for Uniting Church congregations, Faith Communities and Fellowship Groups to share time together as both guest and host and to reflect on and to celebrate hospitality and God. Be a host - but not all the time - by spending time together with people whose culture and background is different from your own. Remember that for all of us , all the time God is host.
  • Be a guest and let others embrace you into their world, experiences, stories of journey and faith. Remember too that powerful image of Jesus  in revelation standing at the door of all ofour hearts knocking and awaiting our invitation for him to be our guest.
  • As both host and guest - worship together and share fellowship with neighbours from cultures and languages different from our own.
  • As both guest and host  - discover what it means to live together as people from different cultures and languagesin our worship, witness and service.
  • As both host and guest - celebrate the richness of our diversity as God's people and the wondrous hospitality of God.
  • As both guest and host - share faith and fellowshipwith language, image, songs, dance and artefactsthat speak across our cultures.
One Great Sunday of Sharing is also an opportunity for us to recommit to the vision of actually being a multicultural church where we are, and to celebrate what might be life giving and reassuring about that for Australian society..


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