Laurieton resident comments on government survey

As Community of Christ it is our desire to become a people who reflect God's love for us.

Our principles of the Worth of all Persons, Unity in Diversity, and Blessings of Community, are values we believe also reflect Australian values, where our community strives to create a place where respect, fairness ad compassion are deep in our conscience.

Recent debate in the Australian community has caused many to feel distressed and concerned about their worth as equals in our society, and some debate has been contrary to our values. In the forthcoming survey it is important to recognise that although there may be varying perspectives among us, we must respect each other in a way that upholds the worth of each individual.

Jesus stood for justice and compassion. When he saw acts of government or religious leaders preventing humanity to be at one with each other and with God, he spoke out.

Although it was unpopular at times, he wept with those who wept, he sat with those who hurt, and represented those who were persecuted.

We would encourage (you) to contemplate how your actions will promote a community embodying joy, hope, love and peace. Recent words from our Leader state “ it is not pleasing to God when any passage of scripture is used to diminish or oppress races, genders, or classes of human beings. Much physical and emotional violence has been done to some of God's beloved childen through the misuse of scripture”

We trust that responses to the government survey will reflect compassion showing our neighbours that they are loved.

Beryl Ferrett , Laurieton