For Christians, Lent is a time of repentance, and of preparation for our special annual commemoration of the heart of the Christian message: that our God, in Christ, became human as we are, that he conquered sin and death, and asks us to love him as he loved us. Repentance requires a change in a person – it requires that they develop a new understanding of their actions and themselves. This change in us should make a difference to the people we encounter, and to the society that we are part of.
Volunteering is a precious free resource made available by generous people for the benefit of others, for the Church and our communities. It is giving one's time and personal resources in the service of others. In this it is close to the heart of the Scriptures, where service runs deeply through the history of God's relationship with his people. Are we making the most of this resource, or can we do better?
Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, remains unresponsive to our call that detention
centres safeguard the dignity, wellbeing and personal security of their residents. Click here for our letter; and here for the response from Australia Border Force. Following up on the accountability system outlined in that response, we have now referred the matter to the Ombudsman.