Reconciliation As Friendship

By: Brooke Prentis

Friends are awesome. They share joy and sorrow; celebration and commemoration; hugs and tears. They listen when you are angry, and when life doesn’t seem fair.

And friends know if something isn’t right.

That’s why for Reconciliation Week this year you’re invited into friendship.

We have asked emerging Aboriginal Christian Leaders from the Grasstree Gathering to share their stories, ministries and experiences of Reconciliation. As they share with us, we are invited into friendship, solidarity and understanding with them on the road towards Reconciliation.

Friendship starts with listening. As we take the time to learn each other’s stories, we are invited to share in each other’s joys and sorrows, to celebrate and commemorate together, to acknowledge that which is not right and commit to the journey together towards Reconciliation.

You can start by listening to the stories of Christian Aboriginal Elders here.

Reconciliation is more than just a word; it is a journey; it is an action; it affects real people’s lives. And the road towards Reconciliation is paved through friendship.

Brooke Prentis is a Waka Waka woman, Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace and the coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering. This post is the first in the Reconciliation as Friendship series celebrating Aboriginal Christian leaders from the Grasstree Gathering and sharing their perspectives on Reconciliation.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) is an annual celebration that builds upon the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. During Reconciliation Week all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.

Reconciliation is more than raising awareness and knowledge. As a nation, and importantly, as people, we need to move from ‘safe’ to ‘brave’ in order to advance reconciliation.

Feature & Thumbnail images: Reconciliation Australia website

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