Our Progress – Relationships

At the heart of reconciliation is relationships. The primary purpose and scope of the LCA RAP is to develop church wide opportunities to ensure that the LCA continues to build upon our solid foundation of respectful and dignified relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader community in our church.  When we get to know each other in mutual partnership, attitudes and behaviours toward each other improve and, better outcomes are achieved.

Follow our progress on other sections of our RAP

Respect

Opportunities

Governance

 ActionDeliverableTimelineResponsibilityProgress
1.Establish and strengthen mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations(a) Identify First Nations stakeholders nationally, within each district and spheres of influenceJune 2021Executive Officer Local Mission Finke River Mission (Northern Territory/Central Australia) Finke River Mission
Aboriginal Ministry of South Australia (AbMinSA) AbMinSA
Visits and consultations with First Nations communities West Coast SA
Yalata Community
Ntaria [Hermannsburg]
Alice Springs
Hope Vale
Identification and promotion of national Aboriginal organisation contacts relevant to Ministry Services (eg Aged Care, Children and Youth Services, Disability, Community Services) National and Jurisdictional Peak Community Organisations
Identification and promotion of contacts Reconciliation agencies, National and within each State
Encouragement to explore Traditional Custodians of Country linked to various ministry spaces
(b) Research best practice and principles that support partnerships with First Nations stakeholders and organisationsAugust 2020RAP Project Chair

RAP Project Officer
Churchwide office staff engagement in the 'Share Our Pride' online tool - Chapter 5 Respectful Relationships Share Our Pride
2.Build relationships through celebrating National Reconciliation Week (NRW)(a) Circulate Reconciliation Australia's NRW resources and reconciliation materials across the organisation in each district, including (but not limited to) worship centres/congregations, agencies and affiliated bodies of the LCA, volunteers, employees, leaders and decision makersMay 2021Executive Officer of the ChurchLCA - E-news | May edition E-news
RAP website | Resources Page RA NRW Fact Sheets and other Reconciliation Resources Resources
LCA Commission of Worship webpage | Reconciliation Service Order Worship Service Resource
(b) RAP Working Group and Project Team members to participate in an external NRW event in their respective states across Australia, and share this experience through national communique27 May - June 2021RAP Project ChairProvision of NRW COVID-safe Activities accessible across Australia National Reconciliation Week
National launch of the LCA RAP website Communication to ministry community via LCA e-news, face book, 'Spread the word' Heartland News May 2020
Spread the Word
(c) Encourage support staff and senior leaders to participate in at least one external event to recognise and celebrate NRW27 May - June 2021Manager Church Worker Support DepartmentAttendance NRW Virtual Breakfast 27 May, 2020 - guest speaker Pat Turner Chair Coalition of Peaks In This Together
3.Promote reconciliation through our sphere of influence(a) Communicate our commitment to reconciliation to members, volunteers, employees, leaders and decision makers within LCA districts, worship centres/congregations, agencies and affiliated bodiesJuly 2020Manager Communications DepartmentVideo - Bishop Endorsement of RAP - hosted on LCA RAP website Bishop Henderson Video
Bishop Statement within the RAP document Bishop Henderson's RAP Statement
2000+ distribution of RAP (Sept 2020) across Australia and New Zealand accompanied by cover letter from Bishop RAP on its way
Further visits and consultations with First Nations Communities September and October
The Lutheran - May edition Reconciliation is Everyone's Business
(b) Identify external stakeholders that our organisation can engage with on our reconciliation journeyAugust 2020RAP Project OfficerReconciliation Australia Reconciliation Australia
State Reconciliation Councils QLD NSW Vic Tas SA WA
Other Faith-based organisations NATSICC Common Grace
Peak First Nations groups, bodies and organisations
(c) Continue to engage with and actively seek advice from the LCA First Nations Advisory GroupJune 2021Office of the BishopOngoing communication
Online meetings
(d) Identify RAP and other like-minded organisations that we could approach to collaborate with on our reconciliation journey, including agencies and affiliated bodies of the LCA that have existing RAPs or are developing RAPsMarch 2021RAP Project OfficerFinke River Mission (Communities Northern Territory) FRM
Aboriginal Ministry, South Australia AbMinSA
Hope Vale Mission (Cape York, Far North Queensland) Hope Vale
Lutheran Community Care Central Australia Foster Care
Lutheran Services
Australian Lutheran College
Lutheran Laypersons League LLL
Schools and early childhood learning centres across Australia - particularly those engaged with the Narragunnawali Education Program
National Council of Churches Australia (NCCA) - Reconciliation as Ministry
Other Faith-based organisations eg Uniting Church, Congress, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist, Anglican, Catholic.
Online: Common Grace, TEAR Australia, Australians Together
Common Grace
TearAustralia-Working with First Nations peoples
Australians Together
(e) Develop and implement a communication strategy that aims to raise awareness among LCA worship centres/congregations, districts, agencies, affiliated group.s ministry areas, and community groups that the Lutheran Church works alongside about our RAP commitments June 2020Manager Communications Department

RAP Project Officer
Created - to identify the various groups, the format of communication and its frequency. RAP Communication Strategy
Utilize exisiting groups/departments within the LCA to host stories/articles rather than creating own e-news
Development of LCA RAP website
Engaged in specific activity promotional package (NRW / Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chidlren's Day / Launch of website / distribution of RAP documents /NAIDOC week / The Apology)



(f) Share the long history of engagement with First Nations people, highlighting the current ministries/relationships shared with congregations and communities across the LCAApril 2021Manager Communications Department

Director Lutheran Media
Lutheran Mission History - West Coast SA, Yalata, Koonibba, Ceduna, Pt Lincoln | Central Australia | Far North Queensland
(g) Develop a database of key stakeholders who can support the reconciliation journey within the LCA eg Lutheran Education, youth mission groups, community services, disability services, Aboriginal focused agencies and groupsSeptember 2020RAP Project OfficerLCA Departments
District Bishops / Administrators / Communications
Lutheran Education
4.Promote positive race relations through anti-discrimination strategies(a) Research best practice and policies in areas of race relations and anti-discriminationJanuary 2021Manager Professional Standards Department

Cross-Cultural Ministry
LCA Departments
District Bishops / Administrators / Communications
(b) Conduct a review of LCA HR policies and procedures to identify existing anti-discrimination provisions, and future needsJune 2021Manager Church Worker Support Department

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