A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’ – Isaiah 40.3
The Rev’d Glenn Loughrey speaking at an Evensong forum prior to the Abundant Justice and
“What Aboriginal people ask is that the modern world now makes the sacrifices necessary to give us a real future. To relax its grip on us. To let us breathe, to let us be free of the determined control exerted on us to make us like you. And you should take that a step further and recognise us for who we are, and not who you want us to be. Let us be who we are – Aboriginal people in a modern world – and be proud of us. Acknowledge that we have survived the worst that the past had thrown at us, and we are here with our songs, our ceremonies, our land, our language and our people – our full identity. What a gift this is that we can give you, if you choose to accept us in a meaningful way.” – Galarrwuy Yunupingu
ABM’s Reconciliation Coordinator Celia Kemp says:
“If the Australian Church wants to know what really happened in Australia’s past, what is really happening now, and where God is speaking into the Australian church – we need to listen to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”
Your support for this project enables ABM to create resources and events which help the Anglican Church and the wider community to hear the voices of First Nations peoples. This includes resources for National Reconciliation Week and support for liturgies developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Last year donations to the Reconciliation Program helped with the production of a major new study resource called A Voice in the Wilderness: Listening to the Statement from the Heart. Donations also made it possible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans to travel and make presentations at the Abundant Justice and Prophetic Imagination conference.
Your support of the project enables ABM to build platforms for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans to speak prophetically to the wider church.
AU021RE needs $12,500 in 2019 (non tax-deductible)
Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission – Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code with your payment details.
Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.
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