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R.I.P Pastor Paul Haines

by Malcolm Willcocks Pastor Paul Haines died on 24 October 2020 surrounded by family, whilst in the palliative care unit of Alice Springs Hospital. Paul was ordained on 2 July 1995 (along with Simon Gorey and Don Presley) at Ti Tree (200...
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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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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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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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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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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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