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Colonialism

Resources & Research Saibai Elder Aunty Dr Rose Elu wearing a dress featuring the crocodile totem of her chieftain clan Resources & Research

My experience navigating the Anglican Church as a Torres Strait Islander person

“I also often invite other Anglicans to see that Torres Strait Islander Christians are Christians in our own way. We seamlessly blend our ancient sovereign ways and knowledges as Traditional Custodians with the wider Church’s ways and knowledges. For example, as part of my baptism as a baby, my mum removed my clothing and nappy and held me up in the sea breeze to be sprayed, to first be blessed, by the malu (ocean). She then took me to the church for the service,” says Aunty Dr Rose Elu

Reflections

A glimpse of the kingdom

“What can we learn from a school gathering that authentically celebrates all its students — Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike? Might it be that if we truly recognise, reconcile and honour the past, it will unify us all?” asks Bishop John Roundhill

Homilies & Addresses

2022 Brisbane Peace Lecture

“Our Country, our land, is integral to who we are. Our culture is a gerontocracy, which means that our Elders, our old people, lead decision making in communities, and are the cultural authority in our communities. The fundamental normative principle is that decision needs to be driven by community. So we designed a process that would enable us to seek advice from communities via a structured, deliberative dialogue process,” says Professor Megan Davis

Reflections

Consultation and consensus: handing back the role of Bishop

“In my culture people have a collective consciousness. This means that I can’t make important decisions impacting my community alone. Just as I couldn’t refuse the role as Bishop, I couldn’t decide as an individual to resign from the role. In order to hand back the role of Bishop, I needed to travel to South Sudan for three months earlier this year so I could consult,” says Resource Church specialist Bishop Daniel Abot

News

A daily memorial to the costs of dispossession

An online monument acknowledging the violent dispossession of Aboriginal peoples features a daily format, partly inspired by the Anglican and Catholic daily reflective offerings. ACSQ Anglican priest The Rev’d Dr Ray Barraclough has compiled the website, which features artwork from Melbourne Anglican priest and Wiradjuri artist The Rev’d Glenn Loughrey