Justice, Advocacy and Mission
The Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God. (Micah 6:8)
The Justice, Advocacy and Mission group, more commonly referred to as JAM, builds on a substantial history of activism and mission within the AUC church. In recent decades, we successfully brought the first branch of Lifeline, a crisis support service, to Townsville. We also created a women’s shelter for those in need. Serving the community in such practical ways is a part of our DNA and we’re eager to build on that foundation.
A major focus of our meetings now is to establish a relationship with our partner church in Kiribati. Kiribati is an isolated nation in the Pacific with its own unique needs and strengths. If this small country is ever mentioned in the media, it tends to be regarding their low elevation (3m max!) and its susceptibility to climate change. Through this relationship we aim to support the growth of their church and the health of their community. In exchange we hope to build a friendship and be encouraged in our pursuit of God’s kingdom.
We’ve pursued relationships with a number of groups:
- The Bairiki congregation of the Kiribati Uniting Church (formally the Kiribati Protestant Church), our partner church on Tarawa Is in the Republic of Kiribati
- The Tamar Center, a prostitution recovery centre in Thailand
- Bougainville, PNG, where some devoted folk have been sending parcels of medical supplies
- YWAM Townsville and in particular their medial ship that serves remote areas of Papua New Guinea
- International students, especially from Indonesia, who are studying at nearby James Cook University, have made our church home
- TEAR Australia does some amazing work around the world that we love to support
- Indigenous groups
- Uniting Green
- Amnesty International