National prayer service to #ChangeTheHeart, 25 January

Text ChangeTheHeart on illustration of map of Australia

The Missionary Sisters of Service stand with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their struggles to achieve a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to supervise treaty processes and truth-telling. As January 26 approaches, we acknowledge that this is a difficult time for many of our Indigenous brothers and sisters who still suffer many injustices and disadvantage today. It is in this spirit that we will join the national online prayer service on the evening of 25th January.

Aunty Jean Phillips, one of the most senior Aboriginal Christian Leaders in Australia and founder of many Aboriginal Christian organisations and movements invites all of us to participate in the 2021 #ChangeTheHeart Prayer Service Tuning in Together. It will be broadcast nationally on Monday, 25 January from 7.30pm – 8.30pm, AEDT via ACCTV/Common Grace/Local Radio. Register your attendance here.

The event is being hosted by Common Grace, an Australian ecumenical movement, bringing together members of many Christian churches to respond to the gospel call to seek justice. They strive to be a faithful presence within Australian society, united for the common good. Areas of action include creation and climate justice, justice for people seeking asylum and a strong focus on truth-telling, involving many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders within their work. We applaud their work!

As we dream of Reconciliation in our lifetime we know change comes through prayer, through deep friendship and through faithful commitment so we invite you to answer the call of Aunty Jean Philips, to stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to commit to tuning in together the night before January 26.

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