For TEAR, reconciliation means healing the brokenness that lies at the heart of relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia. It is predicated on our understanding of the Gospel – and our scriptural mandate to be ‘Ambassadors of Reconciliation”. There are many aspects of this work.
The stories we tell ourselves shape our worldview. As a result, these stories—both the ones we rehearse and the ones that are hidden from us shape our world. This storytelling creates a narrative gap, a term coined by Lisa Sharon Harper to describe the gap between the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, including how we got here and what it will take to make things right.
We seek to erase the narrative gap by exposing ourselves to the narratives of the marginalised.
Resources to learn more:
- Our shared history – This Reconciliation Australia site is an accessible look at Aboriginal history before and post colonisation. A great resource for schools.
- Sharing Our Story – Personal stories and a 4 part study on Australia's history presented by Christian Indigenous people. This resource is developed by Australians Together and is ideal for small groups.
- Frontier Wars – This article reminds us of the violence that occurred in the colonisation of Australia and prompts us to reflect on how we do or don’t acknowledge this.
- A Brief Aboriginal History – Visit this site for a quick over view of the history and impact of colonisation.
Here you can find resources that help us understand these issues from a theological perspective:
- Celebrating Culture – In this short video, Safina Stewart shares about what she loves about her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture.
Celebrating Faith – In this short video, Grant Paulson talks about how his faith is deeply connected to his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Changing the Conversation – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leader Uncle Neville Naden and others, speak on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice.
Hope for Tomorrow – A short video capturing the hopeful longing for God’s new tomorrow. Featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders Uncle Ray Minniecon, Grant Paulson and Safina Stewart.
- Uncle Graham & Grant Paulson speak together about the phrase in the Lord's Prayer 'forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us'. A powerful reflection for us all as we listen and learn during Reconciliation Week.This video is part of a Common Grace teaching series in 2015 that invited Christian leaders across the country to reflect on the Lord's Prayer.
- As it is in Heaven – Billie Williams takes a theological look at the the Lords Prayer from an Aboriginal perspective.
There are three key issues that TEAR aims to advocate and educate about: (1) The high rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander incarceration, (2) high rates of child of removal from families, and (3) issues that are captured by the term 'treaty'. Resources on these topics: