In early September the federal government announced that Australia would welcome 12,000 refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq on top of the current humanitarian intake. The Social Issues Committee and the Diocese of Sydney welcomes this decision.

Rev. Dr Glenn Davies, the Archbishop of Sydney is calling on all parishes to “step up and be prepared to do whatever is within their power to provide a warm and generous welcome, coupled with practical assistance, to ensure that those who come to find safety in Australia are afforded the best possible chance to make a new start and benefit as fully as possible from the peace, freedom and opportunity that Australia offers.”

A coordinated response has been made by Anglicare, Youthworks, Anglican Deaconess Ministries, Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation and Anglican Retirement Villages. Find out more here.

Anglican Deaconess Ministries is encouraging all parishes to be ready to show a warm and generous welcome to the new arrivals. 1 parish, 1 refugee family is helping parishes to get ready.

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