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Christmas Message from the President of the Uniting Church

This Christmas let us be prayerfully mindful of all who currently await assessment of their applications for asylum in Australia.
Seeking to escape persecution and death they live in a difficult limbo space waiting to see if this country will accept them.

Early this year I visited Christmas Island Detention Centre to see firsthand the situation facing this vulnerable group of people.
For many Australians this issue serves as an indicator of our national moral health.

It is pleasing that our government agreed to release children and unaccompanied minors into community-based placement while their claims are assessed.

May Christ be born in us again to soften and warm our hearts in the exercise of compassion; to strengthen our will in the pursuit of justice for all; to sharpen our minds to distinguish truth from expediency; and to move our spirits to respond with praise, gratitude and joy to the presence of the Living God, incarnate in Jesus Christ our Lord.