Quote of the Week:
"There is a sore that hasn’t been healed. It’s a deep cut, it’s deeply painful and it’s been covered over and over and over. For me there needs to be a real healing, a cutting away of the deep hurt, and a whole renewing of Australia."
Pastor Mark Kickett, Interim National Chair of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.
Hi <<First Name>>,

Today is the beginning of National Reconciliation Week, and in our update you will find some great articles and reflections on Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week. Stuart McMillan, National Consultant Covenanting, said in his reflection  From Safe to Brave,  'This year’s theme, ‘More than a word – reconciliation takes action’, reminds us that fine words and wonderful resolutions are hollow without action.' 

Yesterday on National Sorry Day, members of the Social Justice Unit, joined a small gathering of survivors, members of Bringing Them Home WA, Yokai and WA Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation at the Sorry Pole in Moort-Ak Waadiny - Wellington Square in quiet reflection.  We acknowledged the profound grief and trauma experienced by members of the Stolen Generations and their families, and celebrated the strength and resilience of survivors. 

Although there was no public event for Sorry Day in Perth this year, some excellent reflective resources are available on the Noongar Dandjoo TV YouTube channel, and you can read the media statement from Bringing Them Home WA here.

CARAD have put out an urgent appeal for hygiene items for their foodbank - if you're able to help, please see below for details. We also point you to the Act for Peace Emergency Appeal for Gaza.

For the sake of justice and peace,

Geoff & Wendy

Walk for Reconciliation
Reconciliation WA
WA Museum Boola Bardip
3 June 2021, 12pm

Raise The Age WA Launch: In My Blood It Runs + Q&A on Youth Justice
Social Reinvestment WA
15 June 2021, 6pm
Luna Leederville

Reconciliation Week Cultural Film Screening
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Fremantle
Friday 28 May 2021, 12noon

LGBTIQA+ Diversity Training for Parishes and Churches
Anglican Social Responsibilities
All Saints Anglican Parish Bullcreek-Leeming
5 June 2021, 1pm - 5pm

National Reconciliation Week 2021
27 May - 3 June
See website for more WA events
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The Uniting Church Synod of Western Australia acknowledges the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation, on whose land our Synod office stands. We acknowledge their elders past and present, and their people.

At its 7th Assembly the Uniting Church formally entered into a relationship of Covenant with its Indigenous members, recognising and repenting for the Church’s complicity in the injustices perpetrated on Australia’s Indigenous community, and pledging to move forward with a shared future. Congress’ generous response to this statement, among other messages, called upon the broader Church to take up the mission of reconciliation.

The ongoing and continually renewing nature of the Covenant calls the Uniting Church to continually act to remove the systems and structures of discrimination and oppression in Australia.The Uniting Church works for just, inclusive and equal relationships, recognising the place of First Peoples in Australia.
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