Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program
|Ordinations at St Matthew's Church, Ngukurr. Photo: Gretel Hawtrey/ABM 2009|
ABM's priorities in supporting both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans are to support the ministry of Indigenous Australians with their own people and communities and to support programs of training and leadership development.
The people and projects contribute to the development of Indigenous communities and the Australian community as a whole. The overall program has an emphasis on local leadership development rather than external leadership.
What do we do?
We primarily seek to encourage and support Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders to minister to their own people in Australia.
How do we do it?
We fundraise for the projects by promoting them and working in partnership with the Dioceses who generally manage the projects at the local level.
Why do we do it?
We believe that Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders have a special place in this country as their ancestry goes back thousands of years. Many Indigenous Christians believe that God was with them from long ago and they find meaning and hope in the Good News of Jesus Christ. We believe there is a need for trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders to minister to their communities.
Where do we do it?
We currently have projects in New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Want to find out more?
Send us an email or phone the ABM Office on Local Call number 1300 302 663.
For details of the current projects see the menu list at the side of this page.
Donate now if you would like to support a specific project or make a general donation to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Program.
Stories from the Field
Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, the Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, has written a letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the matter of Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.