Where seeds (or mosaic tiles) of empathy, solidarity, and love are sown – great things can happen.
To celebrate Reconciliation Week 2019, Suncoast Christian College designed and built a Yarning Circle complete with large gum leaf-shaped wrap-around seat and Indigenous designed tile mosaic art installation.
Inspired by our 2019 Indigenous Leader, Sam Morgan – the Yarning Circle is a space where the different cultures within the Suncoast Community can meet, connect, and build relationships. The mosaic design was the result of a collaboration between Sunshine Coast Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi man Kerry Neill and Indigenous student leaders at Suncoast. The impressive leaf-shaped seat was designed and crafted Suncoast’s talented Property Manager, Paul McClean.
Sam Morgan comments: “we believe that Reconciliation takes not just a few – it takes everyone.”
Reconciliation Week Celebrated
Garth Reid, Director of Student Development, comments, “For Reconciliation Week, every student and staff member of the College placed a tile in the mosaic – making a symbolic and practical statement in support of Indigenous reconciliation.”
The 2019 Reconciliation theme “Grounded in Truth” speaks of what happens when the seeds of empathy, solidarity, and love are sown – where community can grow if we are able to acknowledge our history, learn from it and move forward together courageously (Source: www.reconciliation.org.au) We heartily concur and are inspired by the words of the Apostle Paul, who in the New Testament wrote; “that it is God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5: 18-19).