Church calls for a Destiny Together

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8_2Members of the Assembly of the Uniting Church will join together next month for a week of prayer and fasting to demonstrate support for Australia’s First Peoples.

The nationwide activities will be held from 17 to 23 March, 2014, and all church members are encouraged to get involved.

A Destiny Together will be led by the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) Chairperson, Rev Rronang Garrawurra (pictured centre right), and President of the Uniting Church, Rev Andrew Dutney (far left). Participants will express their grief at the continued injustice, racism and marginalisation experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

Events will include a public prayer vigil outside Canberra’s Parliament House on Tuesday, 18 March. Organisers are encouraging Uniting Church members to come to Canberra to be a part of this historic public witness to justice and reconciliation. Presbyteries and congregations are also urged to plan local vigils during the week, practice daily prayer and fasting, and arrange special services on that Sunday.

The Assembly was moved to this action after hearing members of the UAICC speak of the devastating effects that the Stronger Futures legislation has had on their families and communities.

A Destiny Together is a phrase from the Church’s Preamble, adopted in 2010. It speaks of the Church’s belief that all of us together are responsible for building a reconciled nation.

For more information or to get involved, please visit the website: http://assembly.uca.org.au/adestinytogether. You can also keep up with the latest news by liking the Facebook page A Destiny Together.

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