Uniting held its second Interfaith Prayer Service to promote justice and treatment for people living with drug and alcohol dependency. It was held on June 19 at the State Library of NSW. Religious leaders across a range of different faiths united for a common purpose and extended their compassion and support.
We’d like to thank everyone who came to the prayer service. Special thanks also goes to our speakers – Rev Simon Hansford, Moderator of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW & ACT, Brendan Kerin from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Rabbi Mendel Kastel from Jewish House and The Great Synagogue Sydney, Marion McConnell a Uniting Church member, Imam Mahmoud Alazhari from the Australian National Imams Council, Rev Mata Havea Hiliau, Moderator Elect of the Uniting Church Synod NSW.ACT, Fr Matthew Smedley from the Anglican Church, Major Robyn Black from the Salvation Army.
Drug policy and treatment is being reconsidered across Australia and around the world. Consequently, this Service was a timely opportunity to affirm the inherent dignity and value of all people.