national Reconciliation Week

Videos of National Reconciliation Week Conversations


Aboriginal Spirituality and the Christian Faith

Event presenter: The Council of Christians and Jews (Vic) Inc

Recipient of The Victorian Multicultural Commission Award for Excellence 2017

Speaker: Rev Glenn Loughrey

Location: St Oswald's Anglican Church

100 High Street, Glen Iris, VIC 3146

Sunday 16 February 2020

3:00pm – 5:00pm

$10.00 entry fee, includes Kosher afternoon tea and

a tour of the Wominjeka Reconciliation Garden

Please advise the CCJ office if you are attending, ph: 9429 5212; email:

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Celtic Spirituality and Aboriginality in Australia

Hear Rev Simon Reed Guardian of community of Aidian and Hilda UK and

Rev Glenn Loughrey Artist, Speaker and Wiradjuri man

Saturday 26 October 9:30am to 4:00pm

$10 registration from 9:00am.  Booking through

Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Dadirri - a Deep Listening to Local Issues

2:30 - 4:00pm at St Oswald's Anglican Church 100 High Street Glen Iris

See photos of this event below

Prayer for Reconciliation

We give thanks for this ancient and beautiful land, a land of hope and despair. We pray for a united Australia which respects this land of ours, one that truly values and respects the Aboriginal heritage. We give thanks for our Aboriginal brothers and sisters - for their stories, their courage and perseverance that have made our land a richer place. We give thanks for the discoveries and the artistic beauty that have been created when the cultures come together. In this week of Prayer for Reconciliation, let us pray that reconciliation may live in the hearts and minds of all Australians as we walk the journey of healing together. Help us to learn more about the Aboriginal heritage – their history, their stories, their identity, especially those of the Stolen Generation, as we pray for their future. Amen

National Reconciliation Week

Note from Rev Glenn Loughrey

Painting in the quad during the this NRW has been an interesting experience. Soaking up the history of the blue stone buildings in the midst of the flurry of young men moving around has been poignant and thought provoking. One is seamlessly connected to both the past and the present, to tradition and post-modernity, to the ancient and the future.

This has been particularly important to me as I talk to classes, speak in chapel and chat to those standing around watching and, occasionally, participating in the art project. This week we step further back than the first days of this school and communion with the spirits of the ancient people on whose land we now stand. As we recognize these past, continuing and future custodians of this country we are challenged to think about our words and actions in this place.

Are our words and actions honouring of the First Nations people of this country? Are we speaking words of healing, wellness and reconciliation. As one student commented, "Reconciliation is about understanding the First Nations people and culture and understanding where we are now and finding ways to bridge the gap.' We do that through the words we speak, the actions we take and the hope we give to each other.

Thank you for allowing me to be apart of Melbourne Grammar's National Reconciliation Week.


Indigenous People

The rock in front of St. Oswald's Church is inscribed as follows:

The people of St. Oswald's Parish acknowledge that this, their place of meeting and worship, stands on the land of its traditional owners, The Wurundjeri People.

St Oswald's supports Nungalinya College, the training college in Darwin for Indigenous Australians.

Nungalinya College Website