• Following Jesus in Invaded Space

Following Jesus in Invaded Space

Book Review: 

Chris Budden:

Following Jesus in Invaded Space - Doing Theology on Aboriginal Land

2009 Princeton Theological Monograph Series

 Rev Dr Chris Budden is a UCA minister in Newcastle NSW, a former Synod general secretary, and various other positions.

Review [abridged version] by Rev Dr Ian Robinson, UWA Chaplain and co-convenor of the Bringing Them Home C'tee (WA), in collaboration with Rev Dr Anna Killigrew, Anglican clergy WA, chaplain to Koora Retreat.

 The full review is available at:         Ian's Blog
Also check out:                             Tall Trees 


I was excited, inspired, and challenged with every chapter. Months later, I still feel that this book is the most important theological text written in Australia…

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this nation will never be the same


During the last year, three major Aboriginal Bible translation projects

have been completed after more than thirty years' work:


• the Kriol whole Bible in northern NT and WA [May 2007];

• the Ngaanyatjarra Shorter Bible in Central Australia/WA [May 2008];

• the Djambarrpuyngu New Testament in Arnhem Land, NT [June 2008].


This prophetic word came through Anne Aysom at the time of the dedication of

the Djambarrpuyngu New Testament at Galiwin'ku, Elcho Island:

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Men apologise


·       Hundreds of Aboriginal men from across Australia have issued an historic apology totheir women for the "pain, hurt and suffering" indigenous men have caused them. In the icy desert of Central Australia, men of all age groups from Cape York, the Top End, Central Australia, NSW and WA recently met to discuss ways to be better fathers, husbands and sons. They also sought to repair the damage caused in the 12 months since their communities were denounced as hotbeds of violence and abuse.
Pray this will be a real change in the hearts and lives of all
 men in this land.

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Possession Island

 On 23 August 2008, a historic gathering was held on Possession Island at the tip of Cape York.
Twelve Aboriginal, Torres Strait, and Pacific islander leaders, together with women and children, shared
in a prophetic act of worship, prayer, building an altar with twelve uncut stones, communion,
repentance and declaration

Pastor Rodney Minniecon of Brisbane told the story to Kris Schlyder of the Australian Indigenous Prayer Network. 

In the attached photo the large man in blue shirt and black cap slightly left of centre in the front row is

the mayor/chairman of the Torres Strait. Pastor Rodney Minniecon is in white shirt at extreme right of photo.

Many of the men are pastors.


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Manly Dream

John Blacket             The Beauty of Holiness    A Dream, around 5am, Sat.  26 July 2008 

I was at a football match in Manly and there were real tensions developing over how the rules were being ignored. There were many indigenous and non-indigenous players and spectators. As the game ended, I had to find a Maratja – middle aged Christian Aboriginal leader. I had four things written on my hand from the wrist to the fingers – two were names of younger Aboriginal women who had some tension between them, and I had to talk with this man about it. We talked very briefly and looked at a mountain or steep hill next to Manly that had to be climbed, but knew we had to go to the football field first.

When we arrived a circle of people formed with us, holding hands and making a covenant to deal with the desecration of that place that was symbollised in the tensions over the rules in the football match. We were set a date for completion of a task: We were all to work over the next year to restore respect for what that place stood for.

Before western development, there was a stream running through there. It was a special place where the Aboriginal people came and camped near the stream – camped around the area of The Corso. It was a deeply spiritual place – but not a religious or ceremonial site – a place where couples enjoyed being in the water together – naked and unashamed – almost like in a baptism - and they came together sexually to inhabit the earth – in the beauty of holiness before their Creator and His purposes for them. It was a place where men were manly in the truest sense of the word, with deep respect and true love for their wife and their Creator.

And as we came together to share and celebrate a year later, I began to hear and see the worship from the land being released. 

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

             Bow down before Him – His glory proclaim;

With gold of obedience and incense of lowliness,

             Kneel and adore Him, the Lord is His name.