Uniting Church in NSW and ACT calls for community action for fire affected areas

11 November, 2019, 4:00pm

The Rev. Simon Hansford, Moderator of the NSW and ACT Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia called for support of communities affected by catastrophic fires.

“We need people to offer financial support as they are able, to The Moderator’s Appeal, to the RFS, or their chosen emergency response.” The Moderator’s Appeal distributes funds immediately to those affected by the fires. Funds are directed to areas that are need the most.

“Our initial call, as always, is to invite people to pray for those communities affected.” “For those communities, their friends and family, we will keep you up to date as to where chaplaincy services are available. We encourage communities to listen for further updates on the ABC and stay tuned to the RFS updates.”

“We also acknowledge this is the new normal. Advocacy for structural change regarding global warming would also be a much-needed help.”

Ecumenical chaplains are staffing evacuation centres across the state.

“They have the time to listen to and support affected people and we encourage the community to seek out their services in this difficult time,” Rev. Hansford said. Chaplains are available in evacuation centres. Find out more here.

The NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network is a ministry of the Uniting Church in Australia (Synod of NSW and ACT). Headed up by Rev. Stephen Robinson, it is a multi-faith, multicultural network of chaplains. It has decades of experience working with communities through the most difficult of times.

NSW ACT Moderator Simon Hansford is available for comment.

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