Brooke Prentis launches Reconciliation Week with a powerful video message on Rethinking Reconciliation, and offers us an invitation to friendship.
Friends are awesome. They share joy and sorrow; celebration and commemoration; hugs and tears. They listen when you are angry, and when life doesn’t seem fair.
And friends know if something isn’t right.
That’s why for Reconciliation Week this year you're invited into friendship.
We have asked emerging Aboriginal Christian Leaders from the Grasstree Gathering to share their stories, ministries and experiences of Reconciliation. As they share with us, we are invited into friendship, solidarity and understanding with them on the road towards Reconciliation.
Over eight days (starting next Sunday) we will publish stories from Aboriginal Christians Leaders. As we learn their stories, we are invited to share in their joy and sorrow, to celebrate and commemorate together, to acknowledge that which is not right, and commit to the journey together towards Reconciliation.
Reconciliation is more than just a word; it is a journey; it is an action; it affects real people’s lives. And the road towards Reconciliation is paved through friendship.
Aboriginal Christian Leader Sono Leone reflects on the challenges of Reconciliation and shares her heart to see relationships built between Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal Australia.
Aboriginal Christian Leader Adam Gowan reflects on a vision of unity in our diversity and the true reconciliation of all things.
Aboriginal Christian Leader Nicole Velkoski reflects on a vision of Reconciliation where Aboriginal voices are heard and matter.
Aboriginal Christian Leader Rhanee Tsetsakos challenges churches to acknowledge and prioritise the needs of its First Peoples in the hope of true peace & Reconciliation.
Aboriginal Christian Leader Safina Stewart reflects on the ministry of administering God's healing through Reconciliation and a vision of generous hospitality.
This year, The Grasstree Gathering brought together more than 80 Aboriginal Christian Leaders from across the country. In friendship today, watch a video from the Grasstree Gathering and celebrate with them by sharing it on.
Brooke Prentis reflects on National Reconciliation Week 2018 as it comes to a close and thanks the Common Grace community for coming on the journey of friendship.
What is National Reconciliation Week?
National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) is an annual celebration that builds upon the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. During Reconciliation Week all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.
The artwork used with permission in this Reconciliation Week series page was painted by Waka Waka artist Jasmin Roberts for 2016's NAIDOC theme "Songlines: The Living Narrative of Our Nation”
It is titled "Will You?" "Will take my hand? Will you help me find truth? Will you help me seek justice? Will you please, please, please take my hand?"
To view more of Jasmin's amazing artwork visit her Facebook page.