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Coming Home: A Christmas Message from Rev Dr Brian Brown

As defence force families have welcomed home Australian soldiers from Afghanistan just before Christmas, Rev Dr Brian Brown, Moderator of the Synod of New South Wales and the ACT of the Uniting Church, says this strikes a chord with him and for the many people who have experienced separation from family and friends at important […]

By Karen TongMonday 23 Dec 2013FaithReading Time: 2 minutes

As defence force families have welcomed home Australian soldiers from Afghanistan just before Christmas, Rev Dr Brian Brown, Moderator of the Synod of New South Wales and the ACT of the Uniting Church, says this strikes a chord with him and for the many people who have experienced separation from family and friends at important times.

Rev Dr Brian Brown

 
Audio – Uniting Church Christmas Message from Rev Dr Brian Brown 

“Ironically, this happens at a time when people are experiencing the opposite of homecoming,” Rev Dr Brown says, “these include people who have lost their homes in the recent bushfires, the homeless on our streets, those who are in cheap motels waiting for accommodation, and refugees whose homes are being made unlivable through conflict and persecution.”

“Jesus and His family knew the acute discomfort of the ‘No Vacancy sign’ on the inn at the end of their arduous journey, and the plight of the refugee as they fled to Egypt to escape persecution at home.”

Christmas also provides an opportunity for the church to demonstrate generosity and hospitality to all people.

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“Christians don’t own Christmas and a lot people of other faiths or of perhaps no particular faith also want to join in the celebration,” says Rev Dr Brown.

He urges us to share what we value deeply – the safety and security of home – with those who are less fortunate, not forgetting the creatures of this earth that are losing their natural habitat to the exploitation of natural resources.

“What a great Christmas it would be for all if we were to soften our hearts and open our communal purse strings, creating more places for the homeless, welcoming refugees and asylum seekers into the community, and learning to say no to the ongoing destruction of our natural world.”