As part of our continuing commitment both to Walking Together with First Nations Peoples and to inter-faith relations, it was particularly good to come together on the International Day of Peace this year to receive and affirm the Uluru Statement from the Heart, including the Voice to Parliament. Not least we were blessed with Charles Prouse, author of One the Voice to Parliament, and a Nyikina man from the Kimberley, Western Australia, with over 20 years' experience in Indigenous affairs across Australia. My own words on this occasion, including my video version of a keynote prayer for all faiths can be found below...
At the invitation of the Hindus for Human Rights organisation, was a great delight to host a beautiful gathering for the International Day of Peace this year. We even had SBS come to video and interview participants as part of the forthcoming Insight program on what is happening with faith commitments in Australia. A segment will be featured on the program as an example of people of faith working together for the common good and building up not casting down or dividing..
For many years I have been involved in organising events (taking a whole variety of different forms in diferent places) for International Peace Day (21 September). This year is no exception, with community candle-lighting in St Luke's Toowoomba, use together of the Universal Prayer for Peace, and a special One Day One Choir community sing led by Women In Harmony (who will then sing a concert at 12.30 pm). What difference however does such a day make? It is impossible to say properly, in terms of prayer, awareness, many aspects of education and the strengthening of wills and partnerships for peace. These are real and vital and alone make everything worth doing. Yet International Peace Day is also effective in specific ways, as Jeremy Gilley, the founder of Peace One Day, illustrates (see video below and the Peace One Day website). So what will each of us do to make Peace Day every day?
Jo Inkpin is an Anglican priest serving as Minister of Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney, a trans woman, theologian & justice activist. These are some of my reflections on life, spirit, and the search for peace, justice & sustainable creation.