Christianity

A Creed for Australia / Bruce Prewer

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A creed for Australia
We believe that this ancient land
with its unique creatures
is a precious gift from a loving God
whose mercy is over all creation.

We believe in God’s care for the people who treasured it
through un-numbered generations;
the One who grieves in their suffering
and rejoices in every noble aspiration.

We believe in God’s compassion
for the patchwork of refugees
who for two hundred years have come to this continent
looking for a place to call their home.

We believe in God’s steadfast love
for this nation and all its children;
that he is creating a new people from many races,
colours and gifts, to fulfil a high destiny.

We believe that the best way forward
is the way revealed by Christ of faith, hope and love,
where no needy person is neglected
and no bidding of the Spirit ignored.

(Source: Bruce D. Prewer) / http://pilgrimwr.unitingchurch.org.au/?p=298

Photos: D. Burns/S. Burns. Hampton, Black Rock, Kincumber, Vic.

Photos: D. Burns/S. Burns. Hampton, Black Rock, Kincumber, Vic.

Legacies of Abuse?


I have spent the last week in Sydney at a meeting of theological educators for the Uniting Church in Australia. A focus of attention has been the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse, and the impact of abuse in public mistrust of the churches was part of our reflection. I had recalled how an Anglican priest had told me that he had been spat on while wearing a clerical (“dog”) collar on the way to his ordination.

So as I walked around yesterday, I was struck by a discovery on the pavement/sidewalk just outside a parish centre. Written in chalk—not daubed in paint or something more permanent and difficult to remove—and also not, it seemed, scrawled in haste but in written with deliberate care, I found some “graffiti”…

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There’s no knowing if this message relates to experience or perception of abuse by the churches. But no liturgical thinking can go forward in Australia without lament of the abuse which has afflicted not only so many persons but damaged Christian communities.