Reconciliation Week is a time to build mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Achieving reconciliation involves raising awareness and knowledge of Indigenous history and culture, changing attitudes that are often based on myths and misunderstandings, and encouraging action.
It was agreed in November 2006 that the Presbytery establish Reconciliation Sunday in Reconciliation Week annually, to be celebrated across the Church, and request Church Councils to include this day in their worship calendars. Reconciliation Week begins the day after Sorry Day (May 26th) and includes the anniversary of the 1967 referendum (May 27th) and finishes on June 3rd, sometimes known as ‘Mabo Day’, the anniversary of the High Court’s 1992 Mabo judgement which was a major landmark in the recognition of Indigenous land rights in Australia. It also recognizes the covenant relationship with the UAICC (Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress) of the Uniting Church in Australia.
For more information, please contact Congress Resource Officer Ian Dempster via email at email@example.com
Below is a list of resources from previous years. These provide worship planners with alternative options. The resources may also be useful at other appropriate times during the year such as NAIDOC Week (5th – 12th July).
(Resources from 2014, COCU 38A)
Worship Resources for Reconciliation Sunday 2014 (531 kb PDF)
Some Hymns and Songs for Reconciliation Sunday (205 kb PDF)
Music from Songs for Pilgrims (453 kb PDF)
Great South Land (86 kb PDF)
The Gum Tree Couple and Reflection (288 kb PDF)
The Gum Tree Couple (5.3 mb Powerpoint file)
Prayer + Preamble + Story + Prayer (7 mb Powerpoint file)
Intercessory Prayers (11.2 mb Powerpoint file)
Pilgrimage of Healing 2014: Download the flyer here.
(Resources from 2011, COCU 36A)
Lords Prayer in Ngarrindjeri (380 kb MP3 audio file) - recited by Victor Wilson - Kalparrin Aboriginal Community
Worship Resources - Reconciliation Sunday 2011 (1.1 mb PDF)
(Resources from 2008, COCU 44A)
Activity Sheet - Reconciliation Sunday 2008 (30 kb PDF)
The Lost Children narrated - Reconciliation Sunday 2008 (8.2 mb ) - by Aunty Denise
Songs - Reconciliation Sunday 2008 (239 kb PDF)
Worship Resources- Reconciliation Sunday 2008 (193 kb PDF)
(Resources from 2015, COCU 40B)
Below is a link to "The Three Spears" - a Narrunga story told by Nelson Varcoe. This story is available as a
Powerpoint presentation with accompanying text for congregations as a Reconciliation Sunday resource.
The Three Spears (10 mb Powerpoint file)
The3SpearsText (213 kb PDF)
Worship Resources for Reconciliation Sunday 2015 (725 kb PDF)
Pilgrimage of Healing 2015: Download the flyer here.
(Resources from 2012, COCU 39B)
Some Kaurna Words with Sound (4.2 mb )
The Lords Prayer in Kaurna (977 kb MP3 audio file)
Pilgrimage of Healing - Reconciliation Sunday 2012 (304 kb PDF)
Childrens Activity - Reconciliation Sunday 2012 (169 kb PDF)
(Resources from 2009, COCU 39B)
Thukeri Activity Sheet - Reconciliation Sunday 2009 (115 kb PDF)
Thukeri notes - Reconciliation Sunday 2009 (58 kb PDF) - includes suggestions for using the worksheet and questions.
Thukeri narrated (5.9 mb )
Worship Resources Reconciliation Sunday 2009 (958 kb PDF)
(Resources from 2016, COCU 43C)
Reconciliation Sunday is on Sunday 29th of May in 2016. Click on the PDF link below for worship resources.
Reconciliation Worship Resources - 2016 (525 kb PDF)
Pilgrimage of Healing 2016: Download the flyer here.
(Resources from 2013, COCU 40C)
Collected Hymns and Songs 2013 (67 kb PDF)
Whale story - Narrated (2.9 mb )
Whale story - Notes (17 kb PDF)
Pilgrimage of Healing 2013 (318 kb PDF)
Reconciliation Sunday 2013 (232 kb PDF)
Slides from the Whale story
(Resources from 2010, COCU 40C)
Diver and Duck - Reconciliation Sunday 2010 (162 kb PDF)
Worship Resources - Reconciliation Sunday 2010 (371 kb PDF)
(Resources from 2007, COCU 39C)
Worship Resources - Reconciliation Sunday 2007 (123 kb PDF)