‘Dear burglar, we forgive you’

Share Canberra's trusted news:
Pastor Ken and Chris Perrin outside the Church of Christ Ainslie. Photo by Danielle Nohra

WHEN the Church of Christ Ainslie was burgled recently, its pastor Ken Perrin practised what he preaches and placed a message on the public noticeboard out the front saying: “Dear burglar, we forgive you”.

It’s the third or fourth time someone has broken in during Ken’s 11 years at the church.

“At the time, feelings that run through are ‘why?’” says Ken.

That forgiving church sign.

Even though only a small amount of money was stolen the repairs to a smashed window and jimmied door will be costly.

But, this doesn’t seem to anger Ken, who says: “I learn over time that it’s better for me to forgive than to hold on to something that will make me anxious.

“When you’re at peace with yourself, it’s better for you.”

The following week, the church put up another sign directed at the burglar saying: “If you’d like to come in, the op-shop is open every Friday morning from 10am-2pm.”

“The op-shop isn’t just an op-shop, it’s virtually a drop-in centre,” Ken says.

“Our hope is that people will see the sign and think: ‘Wow, that’s not what we expected’.”

Ken believes that faith is all about looking for the best in people, including the burglar.


Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleGrattan / Morrison rejects pressure for negative gearing to be examined
Next articleReview / Dedicated Luminescence perform quality music
Danielle Nohra
Danielle Nohra is a "CityNews" staff journalist.

Leave a Reply