To be truly human is to take note of our neighbour, to love our neighbour with the same love God has for us. This is what it means to be whole, healthy and fully human. Karl Barth, a Swiss theologian who lived through World War 2, wrote that being human means truly encountering others as human creatures, made in God’s image. He wrote that “My action is human when the outstretched hand of the other does not grope in the void but finds in mine the support which is asked.”
On Sunday 23rd February, around 15000 people all across Australia took part in candelight vigils to mark the death of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati in the Manus Island detention centre. Sydney Town Hall Square was full of people from different parts of the city, different faiths and life-perspectives, each holding out a hand to the void.
If you would like to be a part of the More than enough shoe campaign, please send wearable shoes (new, if possible) to The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, and ask him to ensure they get to detention centres, so that no asylum seeker in Australia’s care is without shoes. Also ask him to ensure they are not without justice and compassion.