Category Archives: reconciliation

An Advent sermon. Aboriginal land and the Uniting Church’s covenanting process.

An Advent sermon presented to the West End Uniting Church, December 15 2013.

(The original sermon included a commentary on James 5:7:11 in accord with the church lectionary readings for the week but it is of only tangential relevance to the substance of the sermon so I have left it out)

Advent is the time when we prepare to celebrate the festival of the birth of Jesus and a time when we prepare for the incoming of God’s kingdom in all its glory.

Jesus is the liberator who brings good news to the poor, release for the captive and liberation for the oppressed.

Advent is a season of expectantly waiting, let us expect Jesus the liberator and in terms our covenanting process, let us expect liberation and justice for Aboriginal people. Continue reading

The Federal Government’s “Act of Recognition” and Aboriginal customary law.

What the high court says has been extinguished, legislation now says is continuing.

It is not the Australian constitution, with or without its proposed amendments, that extinguishes Aboriginal sovereignty and customary law within Australian law. It is the Racial Discrimination Act that does it. Continue reading

Australian folklore, biblical exegesis, Christian non-violence and a man with a big hat and a tricycle.

An open letter to the Australian Christian non-violence movement.

Once a Jolly protester
camped by a helicopter
under the shade of total surveillance

And he spruiked and rode
and smashed his mattock on the Helicopter
Who’l come a tricycling Matilda with me


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An overview of the Oodgeroo Treaty Circle process and Cultural Heritage Education Program (CHEP)

The Progressive Spirituality Network invites you to a lecture and discussion

“An overview of the Oodgeroo Treaty Circle process and Cultural Heritage Education Program (CHEP).”
Presented by John Tracey

Sunday July 11 6.30 pm
At the West End Uniting Church
Corner of Vulture and Sussex St. West End (Brisbane).

All welcome. Continue reading

Aboriginal Sovereignty and the colonisation of South East Queensland – a history of conflict

The West End Uniting Church and the Progressive Spirituality Network invite you to a lecture and discussion.

“Aboriginal Sovereignty and the colonisation of South East Queensland – a history of conflict”.


Presented by Dr. Libby Connors.

Sunday April 11 6.30 pm

At the West End Uniting Church on the corner of Vulture and Sussex Streets West End.

More info – westendcommunityjustice@gmail.com
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An open letter to members of the Uniting Church of Australia

I have been considering becoming a member of the Uniting Church for some time. I am a member of the Progressive Spirituality Network which has regular services in conjunction with the West End (Bris) Uniting Church. Continue reading

“Rainbow Spirit Theology” – a review (more of a reflection really).

“Rainbow Spirit Theology”

(Cover art by Jasmine Corowa. The art is explained in the book)

Author – Rainbow Spirit Elders
Publisher – ATF Press
Title
Rainbow Spirit Theology
ISBN – 9781920691806

“Rainbow Spirit Theology assumes that God the Creator Spirit has been speaking through Aboriginal culture from the beginning.”(p.11)

All Australian Christians should read “Rainbow Spirit Theology”. It is a small and cheap book, there is no excuse! Continue reading