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Week of Prayer for Reconciliation: “a coming together of hearts, minds and souls”

“The focus on prayer during the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation will give us all an opportunity to pray specifically for a building up of the Body of Christ in a coming together of First Nations peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. The power of this is a coming together of hearts, minds and souls,” says The Rev’d Canon Bruce Boase, Chair of the ACSQ Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group

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A surprising letter discovery

“While starting to think about writing this article, the most wonderful thing happened. I was packing up my paperwork, as I am moving house, and to my surprise, I found a letter from the Secretary of the Queensland NAIDOC Week committee asking me to be a judge for the 1976 Miss NAIDOC competition,” says Quandamooka and Bundjalung Elder Aunty Sandra King OAM, while also telling us about continuing NAIDOC Week events planned for early September

Anglicare Cultural Support Worker Lalania Tusa setting up art and cultural activities for children to enjoy and learn with in August 2020
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More than a word: Reconciliation takes action

“Through the Reconciliation process, I believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will have the same life chances and choices as non-Indigenous children, and the length and quality of First Nations peoples’ lives will not be determined by their racial background,” says Anglicare Cultural Support Worker and Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner Lalania Tusa, as National Reconciliation Week continues

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal: contributions to our Diocese

In the course of indexing the Brisbane Diocesan Newsletter, a photograph of a former Archbishop of Brisbane standing next to one of the most prominent First Nation poets of the 20th century sparked a Records and Archives investigation into the connections between Oodgeroo Noonuccal and St Mark’s Church, Dunwich on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)

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Two childhood friends serendipitously reunited through anglican focus

Two Queensland women who grew up together on the Daintree Mission reconnected for the first time in more than 30 years recently, following the publication of a ‘Spotlight Q&A’ in anglican focus. In this special joint reflection, Kuku Yalanji Elder Aunty Janice Walker and Anglicare Administration Officer Veneta Tschumy tell some of their story, along with Aunty Janice’s daughter, Anglicare Cultural Support Worker Lalania Tusa, who serendipitously brought the childhood friends together through her Q&A

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Message for National Sorry Day 2020

“One of the purposes of National Sorry Day each year is to help Australians have the courage to own the truth of our history and to talk about it. Part of that history involves the huge dislocation caused to families and communities by the forced removal of children,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, as he calls us to a minute’s silence on National Sorry Day at 12 noon on Tuesday 26 May