Tuesday, 4 July 2017

An Affirmation for Second Peoples

We are formed by our stories.
We are shaped by our heritage.

We dwell in this place
carrying connections from beyond.
We seek the learning and the sacred story
that will attune us to the Spirit revealed in this Land.

We sorrow for the loss of Law and connectedness,
loss that has come
from dispossession and displacement.
We grieve the loss of potential.
We long for restoration and fullness of life.

We affirm the First Peoples as the hosts in this Land.
We look to them and ask
how we can respectfully relate in this place?

We commit ourselves to learning
what it might mean
for us to be Second Peoples in this place,
and to honour God and respect First Peoples
in our learning and practice.

(C) 2017, A.Koh-Butler

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