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Reflections Reflections

How the churches’ sanctuary offer shone a light on the detention centre regime, turning the tide for people seeking safety

“While preparing for the hastily organised sanctuary liturgy all those years ago, I vividly remember looking for vigil candles. As I picked up a box of 100 candles in the storage room, I looked at them hoping that enough people would turn up to light them all. Later that day, as more and more people arrived at the vigil, I had to keep bringing additional candles out from storage for people to light. In the end, 1,500 people turned up. I have never been happier to be 500 short of anything in my life,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

"Most recently, I became part of a new group, Faith in Climate Action, appealing to rail company Aurizon to reduce their haulage of thermal coal. As well as some lovely liturgies and prayers, the dozen or so of us acted out an extended street theatre piece based on The Wizard of Oz" (Oscar Delaney)

Sowing seeds of change in the footsteps of courageous Christians

“As people of faith and in the tradition of other Christians who have engaged nonviolent approaches, we know that positive change is possible and we seek out the most measured, strategic and effective ways to communicate our message,” says St Andrew’s, South Brisbane parishioner Oscar Delaney