Diocese of the Northern Territory
Nearly half of the parish centres in the Diocese of the NT are in remote Aboriginal communities in the north-east.
These six churches, with a further three smaller homelands, are led by Aboriginal clergy and lay people. They worship in their own Aboriginal languages. The church is one of the few organisations that are run by local Aboriginal people.
Given the strategic importance of these Aboriginal churches within the Diocese, ABM raises support for these churches to be strengthened to have a voice in the Diocese so that their needs and aspirations are recognised and implemented.
In late 2021 a new initiative was launched: WALK – a group of Aboriginal church leaders, selected by their parishes to provide a forum for discussing matters that affect the Aboriginal churches and Aboriginal people within the wider Diocese, so that the views of Aboriginal Anglicans are an integral and strong voice into diocesan structures and decision-making processes.
The name WALK captures two aspects of the forum’s hopes and prayers. The letters W-A-L-K represent the word for “word/story” in each of the four Aboriginal languages spoken in Anglican churches in the NT: wed (Kriol); ayakwa (Anindilyakwa); lhaawu (Wubuy); and kunwok (Kunwinjku). The forum will enable Aboriginal Christians to talk together in their own culturally safe space, and be a voice to the non-Aboriginal members of the Diocese. Secondly, the word WALK express the vision that God calls all Christians to walk together, despite their differences of culture and background, so that the unity of the body of Christ is a reality.
Your support for the Diocese of the Northern Territory enables regular meetings of the WALK forum, through the provision of travel, accommodation and support costs. It also provides support for other Aboriginal Anglican ministry, including leadership training, children’s ministry support, and gathering for other diocesan events.
In the path of righteousness there is life, in walking its path there is no death.
– Proverbs 12.28
Lord of all righteousness, we praise you for the unique contribution made by Aboriginal Anglicans in the Diocese of the Northern Territory to the life of our national Church.
We give thanks that your Spirit has drawn the diocese to seek to strengthen the Aboriginal congregations within it and to integrate them more and more into diocesan life. We thank you, too, for the ministry support that is given and for the establishment of WALK.
We pray that WALK will be an effective forum for Aboriginal Anglicans to discuss issues that affect them and their churches. We pray that it will provide a clear voice to the diocese, allowing for diocesan structures and decision-making processes to incorporate their wisdom and see their viewpoints.
May WALK be a way of drawing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together so that, united, they may visibly be one in Jesus Christ.
In 2023 we hope to raise for this project:
Donation code: AU008BA
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Your gift will be used to help Aboriginal church leaders with vital training and empower them as they minister to their communities.
As noted, this is NOT a tax-deductible project.
Gifts are received by the trustee for the ‘Anglicans Board of Mission – Australia Ltd’ ABN 18 097 944 717
Gifts will be applied to the support of projects selected. In the unlikely event of projects being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to similar projects.