Signs call for support of asylum seekers

CALL FOR COMPASSION: Georgia Grace, Laura Bain and Fr.  Chris Jackson at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Kurri.
CALL FOR COMPASSION: Georgia Grace, Laura Bain and Fr. Chris Jackson at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Kurri.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Kurri is part of a network of Christian churches that are calling for compassion of asylum seekers through the “Give us a Sign” project.

The project emerged out of conversations within the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches in the Hunter and Central Coast.

It seeks to engage churches and Christian organisations across Australia in displaying positive messages about asylum seekers on their public church notice boards during the six weeks of Lent in 2015.

Anglican Parish of Mt Vincent and Weston parish priest, Fr. Chris Jackson said the campaign is about people, not politics.

“We are a big country, and are people with big hearts,” he said.

“We call for compassion for those who have fled violence and persecution in their homelands. Every asylum seeker has a name and a story.

“As Christians, we remember that Jesus was a refugee too. Our faith teaches us to be compassionate and merciful.

“It’s not about being controversial or political – it’s about speaking out with compassion for those who are vulnerable.”

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See more photos from churches around the region on Facebook at ‘Give us a Sign’.