Date(s) - 20/05/2018
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Blackheath Community Centre
In the up-coming Blackheath Community Conversation the testimonies of refugees and asylum seekers – along with the collaborating evidence of a refugee expert – can be heard and the faces of individuals seen. With this input, it is planned that genuine conversations and dialogue among attendees will ensue – the purpose being to affirm a community and political culture that values fair and compassionate treatment of people seeking refuge and asylum in Australia.
The overall aims of the event are to
• share first hand information about the authentic experience of asylum seekers;
• provide relevant expert information; and
• consider what we as a community can do to positively impact the welfare of people seeking protection in Australia.
The event will be held in the Phillips Hall, Blackheath Community Centre, on Sunday 20 May, from 2pm to 4.30pm.
This Community Conversationis hosted by Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Blackheath in collaboration with other local faith groups, the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group and the Sydney Alliance. The initiative is part of a wider program, Walking with Refugees and People Seeking Protection, launched late last year by Vincent Long Van Nguyen, the Catholic Bishop of Parramatta. At the launch, referring to himself as a “queue jumper and former Vietnamese Boatperson”, Bishop Long observed that: “In a generation we have gone from the universally admired, generous, hospitable, daring, courageous country to one of the most pilloried nations in terms of our policy towards asylum seekers”.
Based on this he asked the question: “Where has the decent, fair-dinkum batting for-the-battler gone?” This question is relevant to assumptions and values that trouble many of us – as such, we believe, it deserves a searching response in thought and action.
People with diverse opinions on these matters are encouraged to attend and share insights and points of view. Afternoon tea will be served.
For more information and to RSVP call Celia: 0499 077 511 or David: 0400 208 707.