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Seminary of the 3rd Age - Margaret Gunn - A cry went up in the desert

Effective Living Centre

26 King William Road, Wayville, SA 5034

26 March 2023 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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The theme for the Seminary of the 3rd Age March series is "People on the Edge." Please note that these sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons.

What was really going on at the 'coal-face' of Australia's infamous immigration detention centre in the harsh outback town of Woomera in 2000?

Rev Dr Tom Atherton (UCA Minister) privately documented six confronting months of pastoral engagement with an increasingly hostile regime and increasingly desperate people seeking Australia's protection. Margaret Gunn heard about this and exchanged emails with Tom, as he found remarkable ways, despite daunting odds, to offer pastoral care to the detainees (and their guards). Margaret kept this correspondence hidden for over 20 years, but has now received permission to make Tom's story public.

Now retired, Margaret Gunn worked professionally as a teacher, mainly with newly-arrived adult migrants and refugees in three States - Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia. Her contact with Rev Dr Tom Atherton began with a simple letter of encouragement, and exposed her to the hidden human stories behind government immigration policy particularly as it impacted people seeking asylum and refugees.

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