Jesus tells us to love our neighbours as ourselves - Neighbours like Jimmy, an Indigenous Australian who has experienced trans-generational trauma and loss following separation from family, community and land. He continues to bear the impact of racism, discrimination, and social exclusion.
Many Indigenous Australians experience social disadvantage due to trans-generational trauma stemming from separation from land, communities and families. They continue to be impacted by racism, discrimination, social exclusion, poverty and the forced removal of children.
Compared to non-indigenous Australians, research indicates Indigenous Australians experience higher unemployment rates, lower educational outcomes, significantly more health problems, increased infant mortality and higher rates of suicide, family violence, incarceration and homelessness.
The white walking line in Michael Duckett's* artwork above reminds everyone within Chist's church of the need to connect, relate, love and pray for the others. We are called by Jesus to love, care and pray for one another. You can help churches in socially disadvantaged areas to show this love to our Indigenous neighbours through their outreach programs.
Through the generosity of donors, Anglican Aid can provide churches in socially disadvantaged areas with financial support to enable them to run programs to care for their communities.
Some churches running programs for our Indigenous neighbours, include:
Give today and support more programs for our Indigenous neighbours like:
- Youth mentoring
- Leadership training
- Counselling services
- Justice support
- NAIDOC activities
- Community gatherings
*Michael Duckett is the pastor at Macarthur Indigenous Church
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