Synod welcomes Finke River Mission delegates
Melbourne’s city skyline was a stark contrast to the vast verdant landscape of Central Australia for four Aboriginal delegates attending the Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand’s 20th Convention of General Synod from 9 to 12 February 2023.
Teaching course at Papunya
The first FRM teaching course for the year was held on the outskirts of Papunya from 11 to 15 April. People came from as far afield as Kiwirrkura (450 km), Irweltye (550 km) and Docker River (600 km). Numbers fluctuated between 17 and 42, averaging around 35. Many women attended the course.
Painter, leader, pastor
Pastor Philippus (‘Longjack’) Tjakamarra passed away on 25 August 2020.
Ordination joy despite lockdown
Despite a COVID-19 lockdown forcing a last-minute change of plans, Stanley Roberts was ordained in unique circumstances as a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) at Papunya in the Northern Territory in November.
Memory weekend at Haasts Bluff
Several hundred people had gathered from the communities of Mt Liebig, Haast’s Bluff, Kiwirrkurra and Papunya with their families to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
From Ebenezer to Papunya and back again
This is a story about how 19 people came from Ebenezer (meaning ‘stone of help’) in the Barossa to the Aboriginal community of Papunya in Central Australia in July 2013.