National Aboriginal Bishop Chris McLeod articulates a way forward for the Church, based on attentive listening and genuine action:
“We in the church have a blindness to our own racism in the church. I want to say that if the church is really going to speak with integrity about ‘Black Lives Matter’, and speak with integrity about any issues around social justice, then we actually have to look at ourselves as well.”
Bishop Chris McLeod did not hold back when he released his statement about the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign. Bishop Chris, a man of Gurindji descent, whose own mother and grandmother were part of the Stolen Generations, challenged the Church and the nation to confront systematic racism.
The Anglican Board of Mission – Australia publicised the statement from Bishop Chris and have followed up with an interview in which he further articulates both the problem and a possible way forward.
Bishop Chris and the members of NATSIAC (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council) are senior leaders within many Indigenous communities. Theirs are the voices that can lead the Church into a new relationship with the First Peoples of Australia.Jump to next article