During National Reconciliation Week 2022, Suncoast Christian College embraced this year’s theme, “Be Brave, Make Change”
This challenge to all Australians—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation for the benefit of all Australians, we extend to the idea of belonging “Belonging”. We considered the long tradition that Indigenous Australians have of welcoming people to country.
Guest speaker and First Nation’s man, Mark Watego of Meeting Place Consultancy, also shared the importance of story, belonging, apology, and the example of the forgiving reconciliation between people and that offered by Jesus Christ. Mark Watego connected Reconcialtion to the words of the Apostle Paul …“if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from 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: 17-19)
We also had the privilege of hearing from the guest speaker, Rahila, a recent refugee. Rahalia inspired us with the story of her journey from Afghanistan via Pakistan to her new home in Australia. She discussed both the positive and negative aspects of being an outsider in a foreign land. Rahalia was genuinely inspiring and now a proud Aussie. She is most welcome to country
Students across all Primary and Secondary heard from Tim Buxton, founder of You Belong – an NGO working with displaced people, shared about Move to Belong – a fundraiser is coinciding with World Refugee Week – for the millions of people displaced by war.