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Reconciliation Week 2020 – Your church can partner with Australia's First Peoples

Your church can partner with Australia's First Peoples

Find out how

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Reconciliation Week 2020 – Your church can partner with Australia's First Peoples

Find out how

Reconciliation Week 2020

27 May - 3 June

In this together

This Reconciliation week finds us responding to COVID-19 and the important Reconciliation week theme - In this together.

As we have been isolating, our First Peoples sisters and brothers have also been facing this pandemic. The particular circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has meant that they have had to take extra precautions at this time. TEAR has had the opportunity to support some of them as they have sought to embody the “In this together” theme with the love of Christ.

Watch this video of TEAR’s CEO Matthew Maury talking to Natasha Michael, Director and Program Manager of Moorditj Keila, one of TEAR’s partners who has been responding to COVID-19. Natasha shares how they have experienced reconciliation as they have supported their community.

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Strong Women Talking are delivering grocery and hygiene supplies to women in their network.

In Queensland

TEAR’s First Peoples partner Strong Women Talking (SWT) have put together care packages for the vulnerable women who are part of their program. They have delivered these along with some literature about how to stay healthy and safe at this time. The health packages include hand sanitiser that SWT have packaged up as well as other cleaning and personal hygiene products and a supply of grocery items. SWT have had to cancel face to face gatherings but have increased their online presence and done some one-on-one phone support.

Moorditj Keila hampers

In Western Australia

First Peoples partner, Moorditj Keila, have been delivering grocery supplies to families that are self isolating because they have elderly people or people living with a disability in them. They have been cooking up meals and have also sourced kangaroo meat that they have been including in their delivery.

1978

TEAR’s first Aboriginal project sees funding to members of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Community.

30+

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander projects funded since 1978.

2009

TEAR Australia’s first Reconciliation Action Plan.

2019

Development of new guidelines to support smaller, less experienced Indigenous groups.

Let the deliveries begin, Thank you TEAR Australia for sponsoring us to deliver 20 much needed care packages to women in our community.

– Strong Women Talking

As we seek to enact a world where every person has the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential, we recognise that many of Australia’s First Peoples still experience daily injustice and the effects of intergenerational trauma.

In light of the injustices experienced by Australia’s First People, TEAR responds in two ways:

  1. We provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are working to achieve their potential and gain greater control over their own affairs.
  2. We mobilise Australian Christians and the wider community to work towards a more just and equitable society.

We extend an invitation for all Australian Christians to work with us to overcome injustice. Together, let’s deepen our understanding and prayerfully consider how we can engage in the work of reconciliation and healing that God calls us to.

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What does reconciliation mean to you?

A seven-part series for Reconciliation Week: “Reflections on Reconciliation”, based on interviews with four Christians from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds

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TEAR Reconciliation Resources

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.

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Reconciliation - by Neville Naden

In this resource, Rev. Neville Naden from the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship and Bush Church Aid compares secular and biblical reconciliation. He concludes that “we are all a part of the family of God when it comes to biblical reconciliation, and once we move into a relationship with God, we become a part of his family.”.

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Find out how your church can partner with Australia's First Peoples

Encourage action, increase your impact, and empower your people by partnering with TEAR in our work with Australia's First Peoples – for a more just and compassionate world for all.