On Sunday 7 February. Father Constantine Osuchukwu of Saint Paul's Anglican Church on historic Bakery Hill, #Ballarat, announced that he would be consulting with Saint Paul's Parish Council and office-bearers within the parish with a view to establishing Saint Paul's as a place of Sanctuary for refugees.
Yesterday, Sunday 14 February, Father Constantine announced that St Paul's is to become a place of Sanctuary for refugees in conjunction with Christ Church Cathedral, Ballarat.
The joint Sanctuary of both churches with the support of their respective congregations is a most practical application. While St Paul's heart is in the right place, it is not well equipped to provide shelter to refugees on an ongoing basis. St Paul's has no accommodation, for instance, and limited food preparation facilities. However, Christ Church Cathedral has better practical facilities at its disposal.
The joint Sanctuary decision makes quite practical sense based on the combined energies of both congregations.