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Salvation Army commits to national Reconciliation Action Plan

Salvation Army commits to national Reconciliation Action Plan

Salvation Army commits to national Reconciliation Action Plan

27 May 2020

Commissioners Janine and Robert Donaldson say The Salvation Army is committed to reconciliation and the mutual flourishing of all Australians.

In a video to mark National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June), Salvation Army Australia leaders Commissioners Janine and Robert Donaldson announce the territory’s commitment to developing a national Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

 

Video script

Reconciliation is at the heart of whole and healthy relationships and this underpins The Salvation Army’s commitment to national reconciliation week. The Salvation Army is committed to reconciliation and the mutual flourishing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

This reconciliation needs a commitment to telling the truth about Australia, understanding the good, the bad, and the ugly of our shared history. God has committed to shining the light on the truth and bringing it out into the open. This is essential in any healing process for individuals, families and nations.

Reconciliation also requires building relationships of trust and mutual respect. This comes from spending time together, listening and sharing stories, sharing meals, and having a laugh and a cry together. It is the living out of their Christian call to love one another as Christ has loved us. When we have built trust and confidence in our relationships, we connect together in healthy ways. We can work together as partners in our local communities.

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 is ‘In this together’. The theme was chosen before the COVID-19 pandemic but is now more fitting than ever. We have seen that globally, We truly are all in this together. And this week we’re pleased to launch an important new project, the development of a National Reconciliation Action Plan, also known as a RAP. Over the coming months, our RAP coordinator, Lucy Davis, will connect with you to hear the voices of our community and of our First Nations peoples. To hear our hearts desire for change and reconciliation. Our collective voice will be the foundation for our national RAP.

Reconciliation reflects the heart of God for all people and is at the very heart of God’s mission in the world. Please join us in offering support for this project as we commit ourselves in prayer and practice to this land of Australia and it's people. Thank you. And God bless you.

 

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