Prayer Vigil Today to Mourn Stronger Futures Laws
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Rev. Rronang Garrawurra
The entire 265 Members of the Uniting Church’s Assembly meeting will hold a prayer vigil at 1 pm on Thursday 19 July on the steps of the South Australian Parliament to express their extreme concern at the passage of the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures legislation.
Assembly today decided to incorporate the vigil into the Order of Business of its triennial meeting to make the strongest possible statement about the new laws.
Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Rev. Rronang Garrawurra and the new President of the Uniting Church Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney will stand shoulder to shoulder at the prayer vigil.
“They have taken our land and now our humanity is taken away by this new law,” said Rev. Garrawurra, speaking through an interpreter in his native Yolngu language.
“The Uniting Church mourns another lost opportunity for true reconciliation with the First Peoples of Australia,” said Rev. Prof. Dutney who assumed the presidency of the Uniting Church last Sunday. “The passage of Stronger Futures legislation without adequate consultation with Indigenous Australians is a lamentable development.”