At the core of SURRENDER is the relationship with and involvement of the Indigenous Australian people of this land. The Indigenous presence and voice at SURRENDER has grown to be a central part of the annual conference. There are lots of ways to connect and learn with our Indigenous brothers and sisters at SURRENDER:15 this year!
The Workshops and Yarning Circles will have opportunities to get painted up and learn about ancient wisdom and culture (from the bible!) with some Walpiri women, get a unique insight into life for Indigenous mob with disabilities, find out what is going on with the Indigenous church here in Melbourne, learn some Aboriginal kriol, ask questions that you've always wanted to around Aboriginal and Christian spirituality and participate in a powerful forgiveness art workshop with renowned contemporary artist, Bindi Cole. Read more in the S15 Program
WELCOME TO COUNTRY
There’s also the Welcome to Country on Friday afternoon with local traditional owner Murrindindi, where you get the chance to respond with thanks and respect in a way that culturally appropriate for you. A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people to welcome visitors to their traditional land. It can take many forms, depending on the particular culture of the traditional owners. It can include singing, dancing, smoking ceremonies or a speech in traditional language or English. This is such a special part of the SURRENDER conference, where people of all cultures come together in mutual respect and love for one another and our Lord.
Saturday night at SURRENDER:15 is always a great time to join with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, to listen to their visions and sit with the hurts and to hear the passion of their hearts for restoration. We're always seeking to listen and learn and our main aim is to be in unity and solidarity with Indigenous peoples in righteousness and justice. This year at Indigenous Night we’ll be hearing from performers such as Scott Darlow and band, artist Bindi Cole, young leader Brooke Prentis and Walpiri elder, Wanta Jampinjinpa.