02 July, 2013



07 Jul 2013 - 13 Jul 2013

NAIDOC week is fast approaching. The celebrations are held in July each year - this year from July 7th to July 14th.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Salvation Army National policy statement echoes this spirit ; to embrace and celebrate  the distinctiveness of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to facilitate inclusion of the people and culture into society, to nurture leaders and to foster solidarity.

The theme for NAIDOC week is: We Value the Vision.

This theme is very much in line with the vision that we, as a Salvation Army and part of the church universal, must be engaged in. When teaching, preaching and living out the Kingdom of God, we recognise that this Kingdom is meant to be set up here and now - on earth, as it is in heaven. Repentance, forgiveness, celebration, peace, understanding, renewed opportunity, personal action belong to this Kingdom!
Our First People continue to be the severely marginalised, and any "Kingdom of God " vision needs to include a Vision for our land, challenging ourselves and others in understanding the needs, opportunities and dreams that can be achieved through genuine engagement.

Find out about NAIDOC week at naidoc.org.au There are many ways to celebrate with our first people, that you can do & suggest to others- click on "Celebrating NAIDOC week"
Visit www.sarmy.org.au and follow the Link 'NAIDOC week'. Some of the resources from 2012 may be useful, with stories of Salvationist aboriginal people, video clips and sermon outlines. Adapt these for your purposes, using the 2013 theme, or simply use what you find!Also visit www.justsalvos.com, Indigenous Issues, for useful previous resource.

Inclusion and recognition of this time may already be on your list, but if not, it is not too late to include some awareness, education and action. Without too much preparation, you and Corps or church or your workplace can join in the celebrations in your local communities. Check what these are through local councils and other churches /organisations.

Marion Weymouth
Territorial Social Justice Secretary

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