For both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, culture is part of our being before God, and we follow Jesus in each of our different cultures. Jesus is the one who can bring many cultures together into the full potential of wellbeing, although our life in Christ also brings a necessary transformation of cultures. Indigenous talking circles at the Storyweaving conference at Whitley College in January 2012 discerned that there are five key themes which are commonly understood to be the foundational principles of Aboriginal culture: family, land, law, language, and ceremony.As Baptist churches journey into reconciliation, the resources made available through this website are intended to aid understanding, education, discussion and discernment. We recognise though that reconciliation is first and foremost, relational. It’s about knowing and journeying together.BUV Office Reconciliation Action Plan 2013/2014 (3.91 MB)
The goal of the reconciliation movement is for a just, equitable and reconciled country. This will only be achieved when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Peoples of this land, are able to equally contribute to daily life of the nation. Until this happens, Australia will not reach its full potential.
We need more people speaking up, asking the hard questions and taking action during and beyond National Reconciliation Week. To help you, we have compiled 20 actions for reconciliation.
If you are hesitant to challenge some of the long-held but incorrect ideas in your community, be assured that across this country many people just like you are joining First Nations peoples in this effort.
This National Reconciliation Week, make reconciliation more than a word. Move from safe to brave on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
BUV Statement of Commitment to Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (427.72 kB)
Baptists and Indigenous Australians (162.08 kB)
Five Smooth Stones (312.2 kB)
Appropriate Terminology, Representations and Protocols of Acknowledgement for Aboiriginal and Torres Straight Islander Peoples (291.4 kB)
It’s Simply About Respect (856.76 kB)
Cultural Protocols (192.33 kB)
Five Fast Facts: NAIDOC Week (158.15 kB)
Letter Template to Parliament requesting Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Flags (90.98 kB)
BUV ’The Waters of Baptism’ Plaque and Ordering Information (1.05 MB)
BUV ’The Waters of Baptism’ Greeting Card Sample and Order Form (321.46 kB)
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