Reconciliation Plan 2020-2021:
Our commitment to working towards Reconciliation with our First Nations brothers and sisters
St Kilda Elsternwick Baptist Church
In 2013 we launched our first Reconciliation Plan – then known as a RAP. Since then our church has revised and renewed our commitment to listen to our First Nations brothers and sisters, acknowledge the truth of our country’s history and work towards justice and reparation. The following is a summary of the pledges we as a church community have made for the years 2020 – 2021. Our full Reconciliation Plan is available on request and on our website
In the wider community our church will:
- Seek to build and maintain relationships with First Nations stakeholders in our local area.
- Support local Indigenous agencies such as Galiamble Men’s Recovery Centre and Winja Ulupna Women’s Recovery Centre
- Provide the venue and sponsorship for the annual exhibition of artworks of Galiamble and Winja Ulupna residents – an event organized by Viv Parry.
- As the opportunity arises, organize musical concerts or events for the wider community featuring First Nations artists or which raise awareness of First Nations issues such as historical truth telling.
- Keep in touch with the City of Port Phillip’s Indigenous Policy Officer
- Maintain involvement with the Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation
Within our church community we will:
- Commence each Sunday service by acknowledging the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung as the custodians of the land upon which we meet.
- Invite a First Nations person to speak at a church service several times a year.
- Support to the Footscray-based Melbourne Indigenous Church financially and also by means of occasional visits to their regular Sunday evening services including their evening meal.
- Allocate Sunday worship sessions to mark occasions such as Sorry Day and NAIDOC week.
- Encourage and provide opportunities for the congregation to participate in local First Nations events and initiatives, including the National Sorry Day and NAIDOC Week.
- Inform our members of opportunities for volunteering eg with the weekly Monday luncheons for First Nations people sponsored by Star Health and located at the St Kilda Peanut Farm.
- Encourage members of the church community to participate in Indigenous heritage walks such as the Yallukit Weelum trail and an Aboriginal Heritage Walk at the Royal Botanic Gardens
- Encourage the congregation to attend the National Sorry Day lunch organised by the Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation. This is an opportunity to hear stories from and music by First Nations People, some of whom are part of the Stolen Generations.
- Incorporate in our worship and teaching plans reflections on biblical perspectives on issues important to First Nations people including spiritual connection with land.
- Include the acknowledgment of traditional custodians in the Church’s print and web material.
- Maintain a dedicated line in the budget for support of First Nations programs and the Church Reconciliation Group for events
- Inform the church congregation, through our weekly bulletin, of First Nations activities and events including news gathered by the Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation.
- Monitor our Reconciliation Plan to track progress and ensure implementation of actions and regular reporting.
Download our Reconciliation Plan