A few years ago I published an interview on YAR with Jarrod McKenna, an Australian Christian and activist. Since then, Jarrod has occasionally participated in discussions on YAR and I’ve had a number of phone conversations with him as part of building a Christian Peacemaker Teams presence in Australia. He’s a committed and passionate advocate of Christian nonviolence.
photo via Indymedia
Today, Jarrod and 3 other Christians are hiding in the Shoalwater Bay military training area in order to stop joint training exercises by Australians and US troops in which they practice invading a Muslim town. Here’s how Simon Moyle, one of the other three involved, described it:
“The military are doing invasion training. They have built a model city inside the base with a mosque in the middle, which the Australians are defending against the Americans,” he said.
From Game on for Christian protest, The Age
There’s a Facebook group where you can follow developments in their action here The Bonhoeffer 4: living a ‘costly grace’ in the face of war. They are currently asking folks to email Australian Defence Minister John Faulkner at firstname.lastname@example.org calling for the games to be stopped. Take a minute to email Mr. Faulkner to support a fellow YARer on the loose. And pray for them all while you’re at it.