Walking Together as First and Second Peoples

Reflections on Reconciliation



Reconciliation is a word that is used widely. It can be used in a variety of situations, but of late is often used in the context of first and second peoples and where colonisation has impacted first peoples globally.

Reconciliation in the New Testament is not a religious term, but rather a political one, where it refers to disputes resolution. So one could speak of the diplomatic reconciliation of warring nations, or in the sphere of personal relationships or the reconciliation of an estranged husband and wife.

When God’s story is revealed, reconciliation takes a new focus as the apostle Paul speaks of a new way in doing relationships and that this begins with God and impacts all of creation. In 2 Corinthians 5:19, Paul is proclaiming the transformation of the world and summoning us to see all things made new in light of that transformation and that the death and resurrection of Christ has abolished the old standards for what counts as power and persuasiveness and that we now possess the capacity to overcome alienations and establish new and peaceful relationships.

Uncle Ronnie Williams, a wonderful Aboriginal Pastor from WA, was visiting Ngarrindjeri Country in SA near Victor Harbour wrote this little song;

All around Australia, Aborigines once roamed
In this land that was so peaceful
In this land they called their home.
With his dingo close beside him as he hunted day by day
He could not foresee the future that would one day change his way.
And someday there are songs that we shall sing,
Someday there are joys that shall unfold,
Someday Black & White will harmonise,
And we’ll sing the greatest Story ever told,
Yes we’ll sing the greatest Story ever told

This is God’s story, a story bringing First and Second Peoples together, to walk, talk and work together, overcoming the reasons that there is division and inequality and that God’s Story is announcing a new message and a new journey of hope though his Son Jesus.

Mark Kickett is a Noongar man from the south west of Western Australia.
Mark was ordained into the ministry of the Baptist Church in the early 1990’s. He has ministered in churches in Brisbane, Perth and Broken Hill, and has also worked in government and community services in both Broken Hill and Perth.
Recently he was pastor for 4 years to a small Ngarrindjeri community – Kalparrin – just outside of Murray Bridge, as well as being State Development Officer for the Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) in South Australia.
The Congress has ministry in SA also in Adelaide (at Salisbury), Raukkan, Port Augusta and Oodnadatta. In April Mark was appointed Congress National Interim Chair, a position he will hold until the next national Conference of the UAICC, which will be in 2021.
Mark is a father of five adult children. He is passionate about sharing the gospel story, reconciliation issues, and empowering young Aboriginal people to grow in their faith and leadership skills.