Bishop Greg Bennet has asked people to consider supporting a petition to the Federal Government calling for a special intake of an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees.

“I draw your kind attention to an on-line initiative from the National Council of Churches in response to the crisis in Afghanistan.

The Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, and Bishops Commission for Christian Unity and Inter-religious Dialogue, have given their support to the initiative and have invited us to join with other Christians in calling for a special intake of Afghan refugees. Christians from across the Church, alongside a wider public movement, are being moved to speak boldly to our national government leaders to provide urgent action for the wellbeing of Afghan refugees. This is a moment which calls for solidarity by the Australian Church as one.

The call is simple:

We, the Australian Church, are calling on the Federal Government to welcome a special intake of an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees, and support the ongoing well-being of all Afghan refugees and their families.

[Sign the urgent call]

This is a loud and urgent call from Christians across all walks of life and perspectives, united in concern for the well-being of the Afghan community.

You are invited to take the simple step to sign up your to this call today, and show solidarity for this important issue.

It is the hope that as we unite as the Church, and show our government that we believe we are called to reach out and care for the vulnerable, that they will respond with a just and compassionate commitment to help the most vulnerable Afghan refugees.

I encourage you to review the website and to bring this invitation to the attention of our people.”