The theme of National Reconciliation Week this year was “Grounded in Truth – Walking together with courage.”
Karen Mundine, CEO of Reconciliation Australia, explains that without truth-telling, there can be no Reconciliation. This is not just an idea about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations, it is a deep spiritual truth central to the faith that our school espouses. Without honest truth-telling, it is difficult to have reconciliation with God, ourselves, one another and the Earth.
SPW was honoured to host a Kaurna Elder who shared something of her truth with us in the National Reconciliation Week Chapel service. Aunty Daphne Rickett, an artist who has worked with SPW students, explained how her mother stressed respect for self and others in raising her children.
“She taught us that we are responsible for our own lives and how we live.”
She also talked about the importance of respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people as Australians learn to work and walk together.
Thank you Rev’d Julia for sharing this story.