Tag Archives: Day of Mourning

Sermon: In favour of the Voice to Parliament

The final paragraph of the Uluru Statement is: ‘In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future’. I do hope that Australians will walk together with First Nations people and approve the Voice, in numbers comparable to the 90% who voted ‘Yes’ in the 1967 Referendum, because doing so will be, I believe, an act of love. Continue reading

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Sermon: Day of Mourning

Today, the Sunday before the 26th of January, is commemorated by the Uniting Church as a Day of Mourning, remembering that while the raising of the Union Jack in Sydney Cove was ultimately wonderful for all the Second Peoples who have been able to live here, it was the beginning of centuries of dispossession, disease, and violence for Australia’s First Peoples. Continue reading

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Sermon: When God is a comedian

There aren’t many books of the Bible that are laugh-out-loud funny, but the Book of Jonah is one of them. Continue reading

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Sermon: Day of Mourning

We cannot celebrate everything that Australia has become without acknowledging the shadow side of our history. Continue reading

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