Palm Sunday at the Park Hotel, Melbourne

A Prayer of Hope

by Dorothy Scott

We came together on Palm Sunday, gathering in front of a hotel in which refugees continue to be imprisoned.

The windows had been deliberately tinted so all we could see inside was darkness.

Despair descended upon us.

Suddenly from a window high above, a few faint lights began to move slowly back and forth in an arc.

Oh, the fragility of hope. The refugees were gently waving to us, using their mobile phones.

This was a small but precious gift of hope that they, who had suffered so deeply, gave to us at the start of Holy Week.

Let us gather all the small and precious gifts of hope we can find so they can speak to the condition of the world.

Sisters and brothers of all faiths, the spirit of our age is one of darkness and despair.

May we find within ourselves and within one another the Light to nurture hope and to illuminate the path on which we walk together in peace.

 

Palm Sunday at the Park Hotel, Melbourne

by Dorothy Scott 

Faint lights moving back and forth,

Held by men invisible behind a tinted window,

An arc of light silently communicating with protestors below.

On this day, the start of Holy Week.

 

Seven years imprisoned on a distant land,

Despairing and struggling to comprehend.

And now confined in hotels for over a year.

Some released, but these men left to suffer.

 

Whose idea was it to tint the windows?

Who ordered it to be?

Who did this task

So those in the street should not see?

 

One among countless acts of cruelty,

Oh, the banality of evil.

Faint lights moving back and forth,

Oh, the fragility of hope.

 

Dorothy Scott is an Elder of Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). She wrote this 

prayer and poem in Autumn 2021, inspired by the 150 Days of Action campaign.

Prime Minister’s response to Christian advocates for Afghan refugees is inadequate

In mid-October 2020 several Christian leaders from the Prime Minister’s electorate of Cook wrote to him to urge the Government to do more to support the people fleeing Afghanistan and seeking refuge in Australia. The leaders requested a meeting to explain their deep concern for the people of Afghanistan and how their congregations were willing to support the Government in helping to welcome Afghan refugees who arrive here. In late October the Prime Minister wrote back and despite recognising that the “situation in Afghanistan remains extremely volatile and dangerous, and deeply disturbing” there was no commitment to do anything further to assist the Afghan people still trapped there or those trying to escape. You can read the Prime Minister’s full response here.Continue reading

Imagine this Australia

Omid was the love of his mum’s life, Australia’s cruelty broke the lives of two people the day he died. Last week Queensland Coroner, Terry Ryan, said. “Omid started his journey In 2013 as an optimistic and perhaps naive 22 year old. Within three years he had died a painful death in a Brisbane hospital after struggling to come to terms with the reality of an indefinite period on Nauru.” As Craig Foster says, imagine his pain to be driven to this in Australia.

This short clip shows Craig Foster describing the tragedy of Omid’s death.