NAIDOC Week, 5-12 July 2015
3 Jul 2015
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Uniting Church in South Australia recently celebrated the ordination of South Australia’s very first female Aboriginal minister. It was a historic occasion and one that highlighted the
ongoing work of Rev Denise Champion as she continues to facilitate reconciliation between First and Second Peoples.
The ordination of Denise has been a timely occasion with NAIDOC week fast approaching. The week
begins this Sunday 5 July and concludes on Sunday 12 July.
It is a week which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, providing an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous
Australians make to Australia and society. This year, NAIDOC will highlight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea with the theme “We all stand on Sacred Ground.”
South Australia is blessed to have NAIDOC appoint Adelaide as the main city for 2015 celebrations. As we participate as churches during NAIDOC events this coming week, we are
reminded of God’s reconciling love and compassion. This love gives birth to hope in us, as we work towards justice and reconciliation between First and Second Peoples in Australia.
The Recognise Campaign
www.recognise.org.au is one way we can contribute to reconciliation. I encourage you
to become informed about this campaign and learn what constitutional recognition might mean for all Australians.
I also invite you all to attend the NAIDOC Ecumenical Church Service to be held at Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders Street Adelaide on July 5 at 6pm. For more details please
refer to the event page here.
Grace and Peace,
Dr Deidre Palmer
Uniting Church in South Australia