• North Sydney kicks off Finish the Race events

    Posted by Jasmin

    9 May, 2013

    "Justice Sunday", held at Northside Baptist Church on 28 April, was the first, of what we hope to be many collaborative and catalytic Finish the Race events in the lead up to the election.

    The aim of the event was to bring together representation from different churches in the North Sydney electorate, as well as different agencies, all working together as a collective voice for justice in the lead up to the election.

    The event was preceded by a dinner on the Saturday night, hosted by World Vision Australia's CEO, Tim Costello. This really set the tone for the rest of the weekend, with a great feel of camaraderie and unity felt as there was a sense of the electorate coming together to achieve the same goal.

    The following day's events strengthened this positive atmosphere, with Tim Costello speaking at the church service about the role of Christians promoting social change throughout history, followed by a two-hour training session lead by Jody Lightfoot from World Vision's campaigns team.

    The group discussed effective strategies about how they could engage with their MP, Joe Hockey, and a strategy group was formed to plan future engagement with him. There were many exciting elements to the event, but according to Jody Lightfoot the key highlight was seeing such a strong coalition between churches and organisations within the electorate.

    "It was a beautiful example of what could happen in electorates across Australia if individuals and churches working towards the same goal banned together to be a voice for justice in their community", said Jody.

    "My encouragement would be for church groups and agencies to come together to utilise our skills and resources to have a larger impact on this election, and create attitudinal and behavioural change in our communities", he said.

    Events like this form the core of this year's national Finish the Race campaign. By gathering people in your community together for a Finish the Race event you are helping to highlight the needs of the worlds poorest and call on the government to finish well in the run up to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline.

    Events like Justice Sunday provide wonderful opportunities to highlight how fundamental justice must be to the Christian faith, and the responsibility we have as the body of Christ to live that out together.

    If you are interested in hosting a Finish the Race event in your local church, school or community, then check our the action guides that are available to show you how easy and effective running an event can be. Also, remember to keep an eye on our interactive events map, which will show you all the Finish the Race events that are happening near you. 

    Jasmin Howorth is Micah Challenge's Communications Intern.