Edition: Summer 2013 The Spirit Of Indigenous Australia

Editorial

18 December 2012 TH

At the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council Assembly in Melbourne last October, one of the attendees got up and spoke about the story of William Cooper.

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A letter to: Uluru

18 December 2012 TH

Dear Uluru, You rock!I'm serious. Speaking as one major tourist attraction to another, I have always wanted to write and let you know how much I admire you.

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Unguarded moments: Hearing the truth of Indigenous stories

18 December 2012 TH

The Australian Indigenous story has many chapters, some coloured with discovery and some blacked out with dispossession, some heartwarming and some heartbreaking, some hidden and some heralded.

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Remembering with pride

Remembering with pride

18 December 2012 TH

On the Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations on 13 February, schools across Australia will remember the stories of Indigenous Australians.

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What it means to love the land

What it means to love the land

18 December 2012 TH

Archie Roach's latest project, Butcher's Paper, Texta, Blackboard and Chalk, shares the stories of children in Aboriginal communities, where the land is not just home – it's a place to play.

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The greatest reward

The greatest reward

18 December 2012 TH

Indigenous footballer Daniel Wells has had a successful AFL career, but says the satisfaction he gets from football cannot compare to the deeper fulfillment he gets from his family and his faith.

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Four things we can learn from indigenous cultures

Four things we can learn from indigenous cultures

18 December 2012 TH

Today, there are 370 million indigenous people in the world. Indigenous people make up 5 per cent of the world's population, yet they constitute 15 per cent of the world's poor. Caritas Australia's Walk as One campaign is currently raising awareness of this alarming statistic, and by getting involved in this campaign, we can do something about it.

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From boys to men

From boys to men

18 December 2012 TH

A successful scholarship program for Indigenous students is about providing more than just a quality education. At St Ignatius' College, Riverview in Sydney, the boys are given an insight into what it means to be Indigenous men, so they can be the next generation of leaders and role models in their communities.

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Moments of reconciliation

Moments of reconciliation

18 December 2012 TH

Over two decades have passed since Pope John Paul II's historic speech to Indigenous Australians in Alice Springs in 1986. We ask some Indigenous leaders what have been some of the most significant recent landmarks for Indigenous Catholics in Australia.

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The Creator Spirit and me

The Creator Spirit and me

18 December 2012 TH

My name is Evelyn Parkin. I was born and raised on North Stradbroke Island. I am writing about my relationship with the Creator Spirit of Aboriginal Spirituality who I believe is also the same God who speaks to me through my Christian faith. I will try to explain these two spiritual beliefs.

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Experiencing the sacred as an Indigenous man

Experiencing the sacred as an Indigenous man

18 December 2012 TH

My name is Peter Smith, and I'm from the Aboriginal and Islander Catholic Council in Mt Isa, Queensland. Every month people from the council 'go bush' for a prayer session, held in a dry creek bed a short drive from Mount Isa. Here, I share my story of how the beliefs of my ancestors inform my Catholic faith.

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Indigenous missions

Explorations: Indigenous missions

18 December 2012 TH

There are many ways of seeing missions. Catholics describe the heroism of men and women who leave their own lands to bring the gift of faith to people who have never heard of Christ.

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