We acknowledge the Peramangk People, the traditional owners of the Adelaide Hills region and on whose ancestral lands we live and work and worship. We honour and respect them and their elders, past, present and emerging, for their custodianship of this sacred land on which our churches are built. We seek to work together, in the spirit of harmony and reconciliate, to create a better future for all people.
In 2020, as part of the parish's Lenten Bible Study, we were challenged by the following excerpt from a speech by Bishop Chris McLeod, the National Aboriginal Bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia:
"I actually believe that we Christians can lead the way in our nation's healing, if we face our own truth. We, as Christians, are by nature people of reconciliation. In Christ, God was reconciling the world to God's self, not counting our trespasses against us, entrusting the message of reconciliation to us (2 Corinthians). As Christians we have no fear of the truth. We know the power of forgiveness. We know the power of reconciliation. And we know the power of healing. We are people of Good News and hope, yet this all springs from an honest facing of our personal and collective histories. Jesus says, in his Sermon from the Mount, "When you're offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift". If you remember that your brother or sister has something against you. The uncomfortable truth, the starting place for reconciliation, begins with acknowledging Australia's first peoples, our brothers and sisters, have something, indeed against this nation....and our church. If we remember...? Leave your gift before the altar and go. Be reconciled with your brother and sister. Where do we begin? Firstly, listen to the stories of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The first peoples. Become acquainted with the full history of our nation. Not the edited version, or the version we like the best, or the version that makes us feel good - but the whole story."
As a result it has become our normal practice to Acknowledge Indigenous Peoples before our worship services and at other important meetings within the Parish. We hope that this practice helps remind people and focus attention onto the ongoing issues of reconciliation and to encourage all of us to play our part in working towards the justice that is synonymous with the Kingdom of God.