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19
Jan

Kwatja, Kwatja! Kuprilya Day 2020

By Neville Doecke Kwatja is the Western Arrarnta term for ‘water’. Water is important and powerful, but why would 16 families gather to have their young babies and children (spiritually) washed clean, particularly on Kuprilya Day? What is the story behind Kuprilya...
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18
Jan

Just a Simple Paper Cross

By Malcolm Willcocks Tea time one night, the phone rings. An Aboriginal Pastor and his wife have been medically evacuated from their remote community 230 kms to Alice Springs Hospital. The Pastor’s wife is ill. Will I come to visit them in...
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07
Dec

LCA Ordination – Welcome To Country

‘Welcome’. ‘It is good you all come to this place (Kaurna land and Country) on which we meet today’. ‘Let us walk in harmony together’. With these few sentences, spoken in the Kaurna tongue, Rosalind Coleman (Narrunga/Kaurna woman) provided a Welcome to...
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30
Nov

Ordination Joy Despite Lockdown

By Paul Traeger A former student of Yirara (Aboriginal) College in Alice Springs, Stanley Roberts completed the FRM pastors’ curriculum in his forties Despite a COVID-19 lockdown forcing a last-minute change of plans, Stanley Roberts was ordained in unique circumstances as a...
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17
Nov

laakinha rraatja – ‘It’s correct like this’

A special and unique perspective of a culture can be found when looking at it through the ‘lens of a language and its literacy’, exploring its development over time. Such opportunity is provided in David Roennfeldt’s book, ‘laakinha rraatja’, a journey into...
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09
Nov

Ngapartji-Ngapartji

by Marilyn Wall Cultural awareness embraces Ngapartji-Ngapartji These were some of the opening words shared by Basil and Rosalind Coleman as they took the LCA churchwide office staff on a cultural awareness journey during their recent staff day. Ngapartji-Ngapartji (pronounced Nup-art-gee Nup-art-gee)...
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