From ‘A Destiny Together’ to Pentecost

On March 18 members of the Uniting Church gathered in Canberra to pray for reconciliation between indigenous people and those who have come in recent centuries to Australia.  As people we reflected on the theme “A Destiny Together“.

Last week was the week of prayer for reconciliation in Australia and now as we approach Pentecost we are called to remember that the Spirit makes us one and that the gifts that we are given are given for the common good.

The Basis of Union of the Uniting Church contains only one direction Biblical quote acknowledging that in Jesus Christ “God was reconciling the world to himself” (2 Cor 5:19).

Understanding that we are reconciled to God and therefore also to one another as one common humanity impels us to live differently bridging all of the divisions we find entrenched in our communities and live generously towards others.

What destructive divisions are you aware of in the community around you? In what ways are you being called to the work of making visible the reconciliation already given to us in Christ?  How do you understand valuing diversity whilst not embedding divisions?