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TEAR Reconciliation Resources

Tear Reconciliation Resources

Churches, Prayer

This is a collection of resources designed to inspire groups and individuals to act in seeking to build connection and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to walk together in seeking justice.

See also: TEAR Reconciliation Action Kit

See below for details.

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A Reconciliation Liturgy

A liturgy that you can lead your faith community in. Themed on Reconciliation, it includes a number of call and response prayers, readings and reflections.

Psalm 23

This paraphrase of Psalm 23 helps us to connect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Jesus Wept

A Poem by Bruce Prewer. Used with permission.

This poem will hopefully stir you to greater understanding of God's heart for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A Prayer for Reconciliation

Join us in this prayer for the reconciliation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with other Australians.

A Prayer of the Journey of Healing

Prayer by the National and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission. Used with permission.

Join us in this prayer for the journey of healing that we all must go on.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Join us in giving thanks for this land which has been stewarded for generations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

A Closing Prayer

A closing prayer for the reconciliation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with other Australians.

Guidelines for Acknowledgment or Welcome

Welcomes to Country have been part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture for years. Welcome ceremonies guaranteed safe passage for groups of Indigenous people across other nations’ Country. Having a public acknowledgment or welcome at your event shows respect for Australia’s first peoples and is an important way of acknowledging the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and relationship to the land. The Guidelines for Acknowledgment or Welcome resource is designed to be a practical guide for how you can respectfully incorporate Welcomes and Acknowledgements into your events.

Exploring Place, Land and Heritage

A resource designed to help you connect to the history of the land in which you live. It has a listing of places of interest, cultural centres and key contacts for each state in Australia.

Films, Books and Art

The Films, Books and Art resource provides a listing of significant stories of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture, told though a variety of mediums. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is a good start.

Reconciliation Action Plan Information Sheet

The Reconciliation Action Plan Information Sheet provides a great first step for communities exploring their commitment to reconciliation.