South Sydney Uniting Church is ecumenical (e.g. supporting the National and World Council of Churches) and inclusive, affirming the gifts of people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities. We seek peace with justice, and the integrity of creation. We celebrate a service of Word and Sacrament (Eucharist) each Sunday at 10am.
"We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation."
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Homily by Melinda Kearns Pentecost, Year A South Sydney Uniting Church May 31, 2020
Acts 2:1-21; John 20:19-23
‘Do you speak my language?’
Pentecost Sunday this year falls in the middle of Reconciliation Week, the theme of which is “In This Together”.
The Reconciliation Week artwork by Nikita Ridgeway is entitled “Reconciliation, a continuing journey of growth and togetherness” [see @sundayssuc]. I’m not going to liken our reconciliation to God through Jesus to Reconciliation Week, as I think that rather neat connection would ignore some of the glaring injustices and inequities that we with our human frailties are still struggling to come to terms with. One of the things that is important, though, in both of these stories is language – how we communicate, how we understand each other and the centrality of language in the formation of our culture.
When did you first see this amazing vision of Australia?
If you had a similar education to me, it wasn’t anything you saw at school, which is undoubtedly also because it was only published in 1994. I remember being handed a blank map of Australia and being told to write in the states and the names of rivers, rather than being made aware of our country’s incredible linguistic diversity and the tragic loss of nearly all of our Indigenous languages.