Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 30-MAY-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Tarlee Leondaris
Reconciliation Sunday and Trinity Sunday – Tarlee Leondaris is the Covenanting Officer for the South Australian Uniting Church Synod, and she's proud to be an Aboriginal woman. In her address she dealt with both Reconciliation and Trinity Sunday. Reconciliation is more than a word, it requires action, and it's about forming connections between Australia's First and Second peoples. Tarlee told us how her mother had been a child of the stolen generations, taken as a baby without consent and adopted into a loving family of Methodist missionaries. Her adoptive parents thought they were doing the right thing by adopting an Aboriginal child, but they lacked the knowledge we now have about the damage caused by forcible removal and adoption. It was an ideal family, but she knew she was something different. When she tried to move into mainstream society she encountered degrading remarks about being Aboriginal, and she experienced identity crisis and intergenerational trauma. Was she really Aboriginal, when she hadn't grown up with country and culture? But Aboriginality is a part of her, despite her upbrininging, it's in the DNA handed down from her ancestors. The Creator chose her and others to carry on the ancient blood line. In the Gospel passage, Jesus revealed that his Kingdom will come to the whole world, and it doesn't pertain to a particular race. Aboriginal people have known the Creator Spirit long before the arrival of the Second Peoples. There is a desparate need for improvement of relations between First and Second peoples, and nobody is beyond the touch of God's Spirit.
John 3: 1-17

Playing Time   –   14:40