Sunday 28 May 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
“Do good; seek justice.”
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday 28th May 2023
St Peters Cathedral
27 King William Rd, North Adelaide SA 5006
The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2023 was chosen by the Minnesota Council of Churches “Do good; seek justice.” (cf Isaiah 1:17)
Learn to do good – Seek justice – Rescue the oppressed – Defend the orphan, plead for the widow
“When we stop talking and listen, we hear that the church in Australia is built on stolen land, Indigenous land, and shares in a history of racism, massacre, abuse, stolen children, imprisonment and death in custody, and ongoing disadvantage. We hear that this legacy is really ours because we have explained, justified or remained silent in the face of this reality. When we stop talking and listen, we make space to realise anew that we have acted in ways that deny the worth of some of God’s people, equally made in God’s image.”
(Rev. Radhika Sukumar-White’s sermon from Day of Mourning service, 19th January 2020, Leichhardt Uniting Church).
The image used is taken from the painting “Invasion” by artist John “Munnari” Hammond A’Hang ©
It was presented to the National Council of Churches in Australia by Aboriginal and Islander participants in the NCCA’s inaugural Forum, Canberra 14 July 1994.
White man came to this country in their ships. With their guns the black man has no answers. They were poisoned, shot, hung and put in chains as punishment.
Then along came religion, Christianity, the Bible was read at campsites by white man and later black and white.
Now we walk side by side burning bridges of the past. The chains of the past are broken and black and white walk on equal ground through this rugged wide land.
Their spirit finally free through Christianity.