The fourth meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council was held on 8th May 2018.
Thank you to all those parishioners who emailed or spoke to members of the PPC regarding the parish’s decision to adopt an Acknowledgement of Country. The PPC met with two parishioners with indigenous heritage at our meeting on 8th May and together, in light of all the conversations and input to date, we decided to adopt the wording used by our parish school:
We acknowledge that we are meeting on the traditional land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people and offer our respects to the elders past, present and future. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.
Reasons included being of one community and also the fact that the school’s wording acknowledges not just past indigenous elders, but also present and future leaders. An Acknowledgement of Country is not just about acknowledging the past, but is about us walking together in faith with our indigenous brothers and sisters to create a future together; a future which recognises the significance of the land upon which we live, work and worship. From June our Acknowledgement will be printed in our weekly parish bulletin, on our website and on a plaque which will be commissioned for the church grounds. It will also be used at significant parish events.
A summary of the 2016 National Church Life Survey compiled by a sub group of the PPC was reviewed and some of the key initiatives for further action identified and agreed. The summary and key initiatives will be shared with the Parish Community in the near future.
Further administrative and compliance requirements such as child safety were discussed and proposed actions agreed.