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Editorial – June 2012

Drawing on Prime Minister Keating’s Redfern speech the congregation lamented that: “We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life. We brought the diseases, the alcohol. We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practised discrimination and exclusion.”

Looking forward, the congregation affirmed: “When we recognise what we have in common we will see the things which must be done. And then we shall be thankful.”

If nothing else, the manner of this commemoration is a wonderful outcome of the Mabo High Court decision. A respectful conversation and sharing of worship engaging both original Australians and non-indigenous newer arrivals.

Much remains to be done in engaging Indigenous voices and hopes in our nation. But Pitt Street Church celebrated the change that began 20 years ago in the way we now respect and speak with each other.
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The Cana Farm is a unique concept that is centred around providing a different experience for the marginalised in the community. For many, it is somewhere to hang out with friends and make a hands-on contribution, while also acting as an education hub for various TAFE programs and courses.

Sunday, June 17 will see live music and entertainment, fresh fruit, vegies and eggs for sale, a sausage sizzle, and the opening of a community café. All are welcome from 10am-3pm, 100 Kingswood Road, Orchard Hills. Stall bookings are available for $30.

Cana Communities is now in its 35th year. In that time, the organisation has set up overnight shelters, homes, and run other activities to empower people in the community. Contact Julie Sneddon on 0414 649 153 or juliesneddon@live.com/.

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