Welcome Bianca Manning.
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.
As we enter the acknowledgement of "Always Was, Always Will Be", Pearl Taylor reflects on Listening through Art and Acknowledgement of Country.
Pastor Helen Wright shares her church's journey of seeking to build deeper friendships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Leaders and living out the reality of Always Was Always Will Be.
Amy Hickman shares her experience, as a non-Indigenous person, of learning how to deeply listen as she walks with and learns from Aboriginal Christian Leader Aunty Jean Phillips.