Rev Dr Geoff Broughton reflects on ministering alongside Waka Waka woman Brooke Prentis at this year's Surrender Conference, and ending the Great Australian Silence by listening and amplifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.
The history of our nation deeply affects the present and our future.
For over 60,000 years, 300 Aboriginal nations with over 600 dialects of language dwelt on the continent we now call Australia. Over 2,000 generations of Aboriginal people lived and died here.
In 1770 Captain Cook landed on Possession Island and began the dangerous story of Australia, which for Aboriginal peoples is filled with dispossession, disease, death and ongoing disadvantage.
As Christians we know the reach of sin, how it smothers its way into everything. All Australians are harmed by what has happened to Aboriginal Australians.
Only together, with lament and grief, apologies and forgiveness, friendship and solidarity, can we build a strong reconciled Australia.
Brooke Prentis reflects on the national statistics of incarceration rates of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people and invites you to take action for a better tomorrow.
At some point, I became faintly aware that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples didn’t feel the same way about January 26 as I did.
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Spokesperson, Brooke Prentis, and team member, Tanya Riches, recently caught up with Dave from PEACEcast - the new podcast by the PEACEtalks team at Paddington Anglican in Sydney - for a good chat about all things Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice and January 26 - including THAT lamb ad!
... It was a moment of honesty between two Aussie men. One of them was me – a guy often accused of being a ‘tree-hugging-bleeding-heart-lefty’ (of the specific Jesus-freak variety). The other was a cashed-up tradie. The kind of guy that you expect to have Southern Cross tattoo.
January 2017. My family moved to Brisbane Australia four years ago, and this year, we plan to start the process of becoming Australian citizens... It is likely that I will need to understand what Australia Day is all about.
I am a white Australian. On one side of my family I have a convict grandfather who arrived in 1812 having poached a rabbit in England. He made quite a life for himself in the new Sydney colony and I have grown up spotting the buildings he built and owned in the early settlement. I am a beneficiary of his arrival.
Brooke Prentis brought a challenging and inspiring message at Surrender Conference this year on the 2016 conference theme of what it means to love God, our neighbours and our enemies in Australia in 2016.