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The LCA’s RAP … are we there yet?

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It’s Reconciliation Week in Australia from 27 May to 3 June and, almost 12 months on from the endorsement of the LCA’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we might ask: ‘Are we there yet?’ Checking our progress, we can see that we have made a start, but there is much more we can do.

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Almost 12 months on from the endorsement of the LCA Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and six months after copies were distributed to all congregations, schools and agencies of the LCA, we might ask: ‘Are we there yet?’

One way is to measure our progress against the RAP’s four objectives, which encompass building relationships through listening; understanding what is important to Aboriginal people; providing a culturally appropriate mechanism to address recognition and representation; and developing appropriate ways to encourage and enable Aboriginal people to serve and lead in church life.

While we have made a start, there is much to be done before such matters are embedded into the fabric of the church.

We can still improve our awareness. For example, did you know that more than 80 per cent of those who identify as First Nations or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia live, work and raise families in urban areas? So, we may have First Nations peoples in our local communities and ministry spaces but may not know that unless we build strong relationships and provide environments that are culturally inclusive, safe and welcoming.

Remember, every journey starts with a first step. But genuine cultural inclusivity takes time to embed, so such actions need to be ongoing.

We would love to hear and share your ministry’s stories and photos about relationship building with First Nations peoples – email them to rap@lca.org.au

Want ideas? Here are some initiatives by Lutheran ministries:

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Source: Lutheran Church of Australia https://www.lca.org.au/the-lcas-rap-are-we-there-yet/

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