beautiful one day…

brisbane_night_smlI got back the other day from the Community Indicators Summit 09 in beautiful Brisbane. The presentations were much better than the last conference I went to. You will be spared from 10 days of ranting. But here are some brief questions and reflections:

  1. What is with the word ‘learnings’? 
  2. You could almost feel the glare bouncing off the overwhelming white-ness of a room full of 300 government representatives and statisticians.
  3. Why don’t we acknowledge country very often at the start of Christian conferences/public lectures etc.?
  4. It was strange to be revelling in ‘t-shirt weather’ while Queenslanders got around in boots and overcoats.
  5. Is the idea of ‘empowerment’ unbiblical? I’ve heard it said, but I’m not sure.
  6. It sucks being stuck in a hotel conference room while the sun is shining on a city you’ve never properly explored.


  1. amen to number 3!

    Our church used to do it, and we have a plaque on the wall recognising the traditional custodians of the land, but for some reason we have stopped.

    I think there could be a number reasons. Firstly – we’re sydney evangelicals, and we’re afraid of anything political or social justice orientated that might take us away from “the gospel”.
    Secondly – Often instead of “custodians”, the word “owners” is used. We don’t want to say that because, of course, God owns the land.
    Thirdly – we don’t care…

    Three reasons in my opinion that aren’t good enough.

    Alas, I could be wrong.

    1. I’m wondering about this too. I don’t have a well-formed theological statement to make, but my gut tells me that this should be a bigger deal for Christians — we’re people who know (or should) know all about sin, repentance and reconciliation, right?

    2. I suspect another reason we’re cautious about acknowledging country is because we’re scared we’ll be endorsing Indigenous spirituality and calling on the name of other gods. While this could pose a problem when it comes to some ‘welcomes’ to country, I don’t think the same problem exists if we acknowledge country. And surely we have Indigenous brothers and sisters in Christ who are also elders in their community and would be able to welcome us to country in a way that is appropriate for both them and us? I feel rebuked that I don’t know who they are, though.

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