Season of the Spirit Week 2: Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June)

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24 May 2018

WHAT STEPS WILL WE TAKE AS A COMMUNITY TO RECONCILE WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AUSTRALIANS?

Welcome to week two, click the link below for how to get started with Season of the Spirit.

Introduction and suggested process

STUDENT PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

PRESENCE OF GOD

We become aware of the presence of God among us.

READING: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-20 (NRSV)

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

DADIRRI VIDEO FROM MIRIAM-ROSE UNGUNMERR

Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr collaborated with Producer and Director, Pip Gordon of The Gathering Tree with support from DLUX Media and Djilpin Arts in Katherine, with original music composed by Michael K…

 

REFLECTION

Dadirri is about tapping into that deep spring that is within us. It is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness … There are deep springs within each of us. Within this deep spring, which is the very Spirit of God, is a sound. The sound of Deep calling to Deep. The sound is the word of God – Jesus.’ Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr

Those of us without Indigenous roots often find it hard to enter imaginatively the world of Indigenous Australians, with its feel for the interconnectedness of our human world and our natural environment. This is expressed in a deep attention to landmarks, flora and fauna, and is encapsulated in the stories that provide a map for people to live in peace with one another and with the world, their home.

Reflecting on the Indigenous understanding of the world also illuminates weaknesses in the dominant strands of our Australian culture. Our world, like that of other nations founded from Europe, focuses on competitive individuals, often devaluing the importance of their connection with other people and with the environment of which they are part.

Reconciliation week reminds us that we are not simply individuals, but that we belong to one another. To make a good Australian future we must work cooperatively.

By Andrew Hamilton SJ 

CLOSING PRAYER

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, World without end. Amen.

CONVERSATION PROMPT QUESTIONS

What does Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr say ‘Dadirri’ reveals about God? What small thing can I do to further the work of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians this week?

Download week 2 Student Edition PDF


STAFF PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

PRESENCE OF GOD

We become aware of the presence of God among us.

NAMING MY DESIRE

To hear the call to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

READING: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-20 (NRSV)

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

REFLECTION

We Australians are still coming to terms with the consequences of invasion, settlement and exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Among the descendants of the later arrivals is a will for reconciliation, but not if it costs. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians desire recognition that they are the original Australians, but insist that it must be accompanied by measures that give them an assured voice in shaping the policies, laws and administrative regulations that affect their lives.

By Andrew Hamilton SJ 

OPTIONAL READ

Download and read the Uluru Statement from the Heart here

CLOSING PRAYER

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, World without end. Amen.

CONVERSATION PROMPT QUESTIONS

What small thing can I do to further the work of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians this week?

Download week 2 Staff Edition PDF

Resources written by James O'Brien. Edited by Michael McVeigh.
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