Aboriginal Christian Leader Brooke Prentis reflects on her time travelling the nation for the #Jan26 Prayer Services where over 2000 people were in attendance.
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.
Over the last decade, Ann Van Leerdam has been attending Survival Day marches and festivals that have deeply shaped how she now approaches January 26.
Young Aboriginal Christian Leader Bianca Manning reflects on the deeply moving experience at the #ChangeTheHeart Prayer Services as they begin across the country.
Chris De Souza shares his journey learning about the history of January 26 from Aboriginal Christian leaders, and impact within his neighbourhood and beyond.