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Reconciliation - Now More Than Ever

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

It’s inspiring to see local churches play a role in acknowledging and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians. One example is Steeple Church, Victoria. They have recently opened a new church and community centre in Balwyn.

Indigenous Ministries Australia Coordinator Nick Wight attended the ‘housewarming" party in April. He reported the service included a significant acknowledgement of the Indigenous community.

"Steeple Church has been on a profound journey," Nick said. "Listening, learning and walking with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters in Melbourne."

The opening of the community centre included a performance by the Djirri Djirri’s Wurundjeri women’s dance and cultural group. Uncle Norm Terrick facilitated Welcome to Country. He is a Wurundjeri Elder and a member of the Melbourne Indigenous Church.

Nick shared that including these Indigenous contributions was powerful. "Honour and respect, true to the Steeple Church values of humility and hospitality.” 

Nick also reflected that Steeple Church is participating in practical restoration and reconciliation. Providing a space for our first peoples, "who have for so long been overlooked, not seen or heard," he said.

Steeple Church, established in 2017, has already formed strong connections with their community, particularly with Aboriginal Christians in Melbourne. Nick believes, "This is a testament to what can be achieved in a relatively short time, which is so encouraging.”

This year, the theme of Reconciliation Week is Now More Than Ever

There is a sense of importance and urgency to listen and learn from our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. "To walk towards true reconciliation in Australia,” Nick said.

Would your church like to prepare for Reconciliation Week or connect with our Indigenous partners? Get in touch with Nick to begin this conversation. Email nick@gmp.org.au.  

To learn more, visit www.reconciliation.org.au/our-work/national-reconciliation-week/  

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