Secondary – Pastoral

Reconciliation Week has concluded but the discussion around equality for our indigenous people and other minority groups will be ongoing at Bishop Tyrrell.

No doubt our students in some form have been exposed to the recent events in the USA where people are making a stand against racism. Our Christian Studies program over the last week has explored the topic of tolerance and respect for all people.

It was interesting to hear Father Rod Bower, from the Anglican Church in Gosford, promote a similar message during his recent online message.  Paraphrasing Father Rod he said, “Christianity is relational and at the heart of it we are one and the minute you diminish another person you are diminishing yourself.”

Through our Christian Studies lessons, students learn about the importance of historical acceptance, equality and equity for all and the importance of race relations, all leading to a Spirit of reconciliation through Unity.

If nothing else, the words of Australia’s 26th Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd must be echoed by all future generations that “the injustices of the past must never, never happen again…” (National Sorry Speech and apology to the Stolen Generation, 2008).  Reconciliation is an ongoing spiritual process involving forgiveness, repentance and justice that restores broken relationships and systems to reflect God’s original intention for all creation to flourish.

Mark Durie
Dean of Students