‘Reconciliation week’ took on a new meaning for nine members of the LCANZ when they attended a biblical reconciliation intensive recently. Run by the Reconciliation Ministry department, it was part of the Training to Teach Biblical Reconciliation course.
It’s Reconciliation Week in Australia from 27 May to 3 June and, almost 12 months on from the endorsement of the LCA’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we might ask: ‘Are we there yet?’ Checking our progress, we can see that we have made a start, but there is much more we can do.
In the leadup to Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), LCA/NZ Bishop John Henderson took the opportunity to reflect on the theme for 2020, ‘In this together’. Bishop Henderson encouraged the church to remember that we are ‘one humanity, joined in Christ Jesus’.
The LCA’s vision for reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians is inspired by the gospel of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. It is the good news of Jesus’ saving love that makes reconciliation everybody’s business.
The primary purpose of the LCA RAP is to develop churchwide opportunities for the church to build upon its solid foundation of respectful and dignified relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader LCA community.
Reconciliation. It’s a thoroughly new relationship; an end to estrangement and hostility. For the Apostle Paul, it’s about God’s work in Jesus, the way he died, rose and brought us into a right relationship with God. But there’s more.
In Australia this Saturday is National Sorry Day, followed by Reconciliation Week. We observe National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week because, as a nation, we realise that Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians both share this land and have, therefore, a common future. To be a truly ‘successful’ society we need the courage to confront aspects of… Read more