National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June
National Reconciliation Week begins on May 27. The theme for 2023 is Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise. For more information, click here.
National Reconciliation Week first started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first National Reconciliation Week. In 2001, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation.
Common Grace has developed a detailed National Reconciliation Week Church Resources Toolkit which includes materials for worship, prayer, Bible readings, Acknowledgement of Country, action steps, and a video message. You may find some of the material helpful in preparing services. The toolkit can be obtained for free at https://www.commongrace.org.au/reconciliation_week_2023
You may find these resources from TEAR Australia helpful when planning worship, Bible studies or other Reconciliation Week events:
Reconciliation Action Kit
You will find excellent resources around reconciliation at the LCA Reconciliation Action Plan website https://www.rap.lca.org.au/