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




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 Reconciliation Australia Reconciliation Australia
State Reconciliation Councils QLD NSW Vic Tas SA WA
Encouragement to explore Traditional Custodians of Country linked to local ministry spaces AIATSIS Map
Gambay: Interactive First Languages Map
(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
Resources Be An Indigenous Ally [source Reconciliation NSW]
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 on Worship webpage | Reconciliation Service Order Worship Service Resource
2021 Reconciliation Devotion
8 Daily Reconciliation Prayer Resources
Reconciliation Action Kit for Churches
A Reconciliation Liturgy
(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
Attendance NRW Breakfast 27 May 2021: Mores than a Word, Reconciliation takes Action Mores than a Word, Reconciliation takes Action
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/congregation, 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 Sharing RAP with Ntaria Community
RAP discussions with Pastoral Care workers Alice Springs
The Lutheran - May edition Reconciliation is Everyone's Business
Reconnecting with Hope Vale Community LCA’s RAP Shared with the Hopevale Community
(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 NCCA: Reconciliation as Mission for Australian Churches
Other Faith-based organisations eg Uniting Church, Congress, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist, Anglican, Catholic.
Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress [UAICC]
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council [NATSIAC]
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministry [ATSIM]
Salvation Army
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 groups' 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:
Professional Standards Are Our Ministry Spaces Culturally Safe
Local Mission Ministry With Ageing First Nations Peoples | Embracing Culture Kin and Country
Lutheran National Nurses Association Nursing With Cultural Sensitivity
Development of LCA RAP website LCA RAP website
Engaged in specific activity promotional package (NRW / Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children'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
Australian Lutheran Aboriginal Mission History 1836 - 2021
South Australia
Central Australia
Hermannsburg: Preserving the History
Promotion of the work of Finke River Mission:
Hermannsburg Thanks God for its Hospital
Alyawarr Lutherans Mark 70th Anniversary
Imanpa Hosts First 2020 Teaching Course
The Legacy of ‘Brother’ Boko
God's work with the Alyawarr peoples
Aboriginal Lutheran Ministry in the Suburbs
Finke River Mission History Early Years
Ordination of Aboriginal Pastors: Pastor Stanley Roberts (Papunya) Pastor Lindsay Thomas (Yalata)
Pastor Jeffrey Wheeler (Mount Liebig)
Films and Videos
Out of the Shadows shared stories from within Lutheran Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities 1990s
The Bush Preachers FRM Central Australia
Finke River Missions in the late 1980’s
Finke River Mission Overview 2015
Colour BlindSelf narrated video of Pastor George Rosendale’s journey into ministry
A War of Hope - Trailer to the documentary of the 1942 forcible evacuation of the Guugu Yimithirr Aboriginal peoples of the Cape Bedford/ Hope Vale mission
(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 Churchwide Departments Our Directions 2018 - 2024 | Our Priorities 1, Grow as God’s People
1.4 Raise the awareness in our communities of issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and grow their meaningful participation in the life and mission of the church
District Bishops / Administrators / Communications
Lutheran Education: Board for LEA: Strategic Direction 2021-2024
Encourage the implementation of the LCA Reconciliation Action Plan and other RAPs across Lutheran education
Commit to having an increased number of Indigenous educators working in Lutheran education to better reflect the number of Indigenous students within Lutheran education
Focus on being places of welcome and nurture for Indigenous students as well as building school and ECS community awareness of Indigenous cultures, languages and histories
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
Reconciliation Australia : 5 Critical Dimensions - Race Relations, Equality and Equity, Unity, Institutional Integrity, Historical Acceptance
Australian Human Rights Commission Racial Discrimination
 Let's Talk Race: A guide on how to conduct a conversation about Racism
About Racism
Timeline: Pre 1800s - currentTimeline: Pre 1800s - current
(b) Conduct a review of LCA HR policies and procedures to identify existing anti-discrimination provisions, and future needsJune 2021Manager Church Worker Support Department

Secretary of the Church
LCA Churchwide Departments
Lutheran Education | Board for LEA: Strategic Direction 2021-2024 | Support and inspire excellence in learning and teaching for the improvement of student learning outcomes including the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, cultural and social dimensions
LCA Racism Brochure
LCA Professional Standards
06.05 LCA Prevention from Harassment and Abuse Policy
02.01.102 LCA Employee Recruitment and Selection Policy
02.01.103 LCA Volunteer Identification and Selection Policy
02.01.200 LCA Church Worker Service Commencement Policy

You are donating to : Greennature Foundation

How much would you like to donate?
$10 $20 $30
Would you like to make regular donations? I would like to make donation(s)
How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Additional Note