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Hit On Earth festival returns

The hit On Earth festival will return in October, exploring “Embracing Joy” under blossoming jacarandas at St Francis College, with another talented line-up of performers and artists set to help our community raise money for justice initiatives

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Prof. Anne Pattel-Gray urges: “include ancient wisdom and knowledge of First Nations people”

During the World Council of Churches Indigenous People’s Pre-Assembly, Aunty Prof. Anne Pattel-Gray reflected that “Indigenous people from all over the globe bring a rich insight and theological perspective that have not been given the respect and credit that they should. We hold an ancient knowledge and relationship with the Creator that the western churches need to listen to”

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Conserving our native macadamia trees with Cultural Support Worker, Russell

Anglicare SQ Cultural Support Worker, Gubbi Gubbi, Wakka Wakka and Kullilli man, Russell Bennet has played a huge role in the conservation of native macadamia trees in the Gympie Region. The Walk with the Wild Macadamias Track officially opened last month. Located in the Amamoor Valley, the track is open for everyone and will help the track walkers learn all about macadamias and their importance. Russell is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the bush and native Australian species, educating young people about culture, bush tucker and conservation

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We'd love to have more First Nations Peoples join us!

Proud Bundjalung, Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr man and Anglicare Cultural Capability Facilitator, Howie Vandyke, encourages more First Nations Peoples to join the Anglicare Southern Queensland team: “It’s a really responsible role to have and it’s quite significant, actually. If you are looking after elders, you basically have access to hundreds of years of information…it’s a very humbling position to be in”

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Buiyaw Thoethupoegay (The Coming of The Light prayer)

On 1 July annually, Torres Strait Islanders celebrate the anniversary of “The Coming of The Light” when the London Missionary Society and Melanesian leaders landed on Erub in 1871, introducing the Bible to the people who lived there. Hear Saibai Elder Aunty Dr Rose Elu share the Buiyaw Thoethupoegay (The Coming of The Light prayer) in Kalaw Kawaw Ya in this special video