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This reflection comes on the eve of International Women's Day, given by Uniting Church in Australia President, Dr Deirdre Palmer. Who are the women for whom do YOU give thanks? :)
"Angels" mean different things to different people: from divine messengers to 'angelic children'(!) to guardian angels, and all sorts in between! Our angels are not meant to represent any one understanding, but are there to invite us into thinking about how the mystery we call "GOD" is present and active in the world. Angels and stars are two of the key - and much loved - symbols of Christmas, and however we understand them, they speak to us of big news!
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July (postponed this year due to Covid) to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week at NAIDOC's site
The 2020 National NAIDOC Poster, Shape of Land, was designed by Tyrown Waigana, a Noongar and Saibai Islander man. Tyrown’s artwork tells the story of how the Rainbow Serpent came out of the Dreamtime to create this land. It is represented by the snake and it forms the shape of Australia, which symbolises how it created our lands. The colour from the Rainbow Serpent is reflected on to the figure to display our connection to the Rainbow Serpent, thus our connection to country. The overlapping colours on the outside is the Dreamtime. The figure inside the shape of Australia is a representation of Indigenous Australians showing that this country - since the dawn of time - Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land
We've had some technical difficulties this end, which means that we've missed a few weeks' worth of "Sunday Morning Kids", sorry about that. We're up and running again, though, and hopefully it's all go from here!
Watch the Video here.
...with Jo and Tony. Thanks, as always, to Rev Ray McCluskey at Cranbourne Uniting Church
"The Spring Project" is the next stage in our focus on 'abundant life' at The Avenue, during the various stages of Covid 19 isolation this year. Many people across the congregation have contributed to these projects; a truly intergenerational affair! It's an affirmation that, while our building may be closed, the church isn't, and neither is GOD's Spirit. We believe that the world around us gives glory to the creativity, mystery, and sacredness that we understand as GOD. Thanks to everyone who has joined in the fun and ministry of these projects, and watch this space!