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The Reverend Lorna Green, ChairRector, Parish of Serpentine Jarrahdale, 2012 – present
Lorna was a hospital chaplain for some years, and then Chaplaincy Coordinator for the Anglican Diocese of Perth before going into parish work. She visits Kartner Prison Farm which is in her parish every couple of weeks. Lorna represented Archbishop Roger Herft and visited the Christmas Island Detention Centres in 2012. Meeting asylum seekers in person gave her an understanding of their situation, which she tries to communicate to as many people as possible. Getting to know prisoners and the justice system also helped her to understand the many difficulties faced by prisoners, and the reasons why people get in trouble with the law.
Lorna has a passion for social justice, believing that it is a gospel imperative for Christians to work to relieve suffering, injustice and oppression. She has also been involved with ‘Love Makes a Way’ and supports non-violent direct action as a way to bring intolerable situations to the attention of those with the power to make changes.
Dr Carolyn Tan, Convenor, Diocesan Council Aboriginal Ministry Policy Working Group
Carolyn is a native title lawyer with an Aboriginal land council. Her particular interests are in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal issues as well as equal opportunity and human rights. She is a member of the national Anglican Public Affairs Commission and the WA Law Society’s committees for Human Rights and Equal Opportunity and also Indigenous Legal issues. Carolyn is also a theology student and lay pastoral minister and is passionate about relating faith and social justice.
The Reverend Chris Bedding
The Reverend Chris Bedding is Rector of Darlington-Bellevue. He is involved in advocacy for refugees and people seeking asylum, particular through the Love Makes A Way movement. He is vocal advocate for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the life of the church. Chris is also an advocate for the rights of workers, supporting unions in campaigns for safe workplaces. He is often called upon to offer media comment about issues of social justice, most regularly on ABC radio. Chris believes that his faith in Christ compels him to strive to transform unjust structures of society. As practitioners of nonviolence and peacemaking, he believes that Christians have a unique contribution to make to public discourse, advocacy and activism.
Coming to Australia as a refugee, James Jegasothy has worked in both professional and volunteer capacities to support vulnerable people in Australia. Having studied Law and Politics, he worked in refugee advocacy in Sydney before moving to Perth in 2012. As Team Leader and then State Program Coordinator at Australian Red Cross Migration Support Programs, he provided leadership, quality assurance and strategic planning to a multicultural team working with vulnerable asylum seekers and new migrants. James now works in Community Engagement and Funding at the Office of Multicultural Interests. Heavily involved in community organisations both in NSW and WA, James has held many leadership positions and is currently on the Management Committee of the CARAD and the Director of Welcome to Australia (WA Branch). Having worked in sensitive and challenging political environments, across NGOs, community organisations and government, James is an innovative and positive community-minded leader.