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"A Christian friend of mine is an academic of First Nations history. In 2018, she shared a post on Facebook about Gondwana Theology, commenting about how impressive the book is historically and theologically" (Peter Branjerdporn)
Faith book reflections

The book I have given away the most and why: Peter Branjerdporn

“The book made me realise how disconnected I am to the land, sea and sky and how much I need to work on being grounded in Creation, which is really the same thing as Country. I now see God’s hand more in Creation and consequently my faith is more embodied rather than primarily abstract. As a city-dweller, this book’s explanation of the Dreaming and its liturgical resources enable me to embody my spirituality in Creation,” says the Justice Unit’s Peter Branjerdporn


Complexity in understanding Country and culture

“Our languages are the most complex in the world, such that even groups within the same language group have difficulty speaking to one another. Language is contextual – we have words for those things that pertain to our space. In the Wiradjuri language, for example, there is no word for ‘sharks’ as they do not exist in our universe,” says Wiradjuri artist and priest The Rev’d Canon Glenn Loughrey


Holmes is where the heart is

“I’ve been a part of many teams in my life, but the one I am most proud of is my family…I do give a big credit to carers out there, big credit to those guys,” says North Queensland Cowboys rising rugby league player Valentine Holmes, as Anglicare partners with the NRL for the second consecutive year


Aboriginal Tent Embassy: the world’s longest ongoing First Nations land rights vigil

“Despite growing up in Canberra, I only first heard about the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1998 at the age of 22. During that year I was employed by an Aboriginal agency to tutor First Nations primary school children…At the end of the final tutoring session, the student’s parents thanked me with hand painted gifts, including a rock featuring the Aboriginal flag on one side and ‘The Aboriginal Tent Embassy 1998’ on the other,” says Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group member, Michelle McDonald


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