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Justice & Advocacy Aunty Dr Rose Elu by the Red Sea in November 2022 Justice & Advocacy

To the Red Sea and back again: representing Indigenous Anglicans at COP27

“As I looked out beneath the palm trees on a sandy Egyptian beach towards the calm, clear waters of the Red Sea recently, I thought of my stunning island home…Because my people’s spirituality lies in the sea, sky and land – which are all part of God’s good creation – we have an intrinsic connection to them,” says Aunty Dr Rose Elu

The Rev'd Paul Reynolds, Aunty Dr Rose Elu, The Rev'd Bradley Hauff and The Rt. Rev'd Te Kitohi Pikaahu after the seminar on Indigenous topics at the Lambeth Conference on 1 August 2022 (Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News Service)
Homilies & Addresses

Anglican Indigenous Network: Lambeth Conference 2022

“God calls us to respect one another. This, in part at least, involves respecting people’s territories, traditions and protocols; seeking counsel and consent; and, caring for one another. Respect is also about being welcoming and inclusive. When respect is fostered, harmony presides. When respect is denied, harm is caused,” says Aunty Dr Rose Elu in her Lambeth Conference Anglican Indigenous Network address

International

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”