Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah, Peace Prosperity and Healing, Sacred Treaty Circles

The African-American Religious Experience, Theology & Practice

Posted in bible, Church, history, reconciliation, spirituality by John T. on January 15, 2009

by Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

“To say “I am a Christian” is not enough. Why? Because the Christianity of the slaveholder is not the Christianity of the slave. The God to whom the slaveholders pray as they ride on the decks of the slave ship is not the God to whom the enslaved are praying as they ride beneath the decks on that slave ship.”

The following is a transcript of a lecture that I found here – Swans Comentary. This link also has questions and answers after the lecture.

From the introduction on Swans Commentary…. “The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the former senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, and the pastor of Barack & Michelle Obama for almost 20 years, discussed the role of faith in the public square at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2008.”


“Making common cause with the poor” – the Liberation Theology of Leonardo Boff and Clodovis Boff

Posted in bible, Church, reconciliation, spirituality, Uncategorized by John T. on December 4, 2008

“There is a failure to see that the poor are oppressed and made poor by others; and what they do possess – strength to resist, capacity to understand their rights, to organize themselves and transform a subhuman situation – tends to be left out of account. Aid increases the dependence of the poor, tying them to help from others, to decisions made by others: again not enabling them to become their own liberators.”

“The historical subjects of this liberation are the oppressed who must develop a consciousness of their oppressed situation, organize themselves, and take steps that will lead to a society that is less dependent and less subject to injustices. Other classes may, and should, join this project of the oppressed, but without trying to control it.”


Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, bible, genocide, indigenous, invasion, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality, treaty by John T. on November 27, 2008


St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Merivale St. South Brisbane


See also – Fr. Peter Kennedy, Bejam Denis Walker and Sam Watson on the St. Mary’s treaty

Cultural/Linguistic Diversity and Deep Social Ecology (Genesis 11:1-9)

Posted in Aboriginal, bible, indigenous, sovereignty, spirituality by John T. on November 17, 2008

by Ched Myers

reproduced from A Globe of Witnesses

see also Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

“It is interesting that the symbol of the fall in Genesis 3 is the human being’s expulsion from the Garden, his alienation from the earth, and his condemnation to a life of toil as an agriculturalist. This was indeed the story of the late Neolithic. Moreover, the first act outside the Garden is fratricide, in which the pastoralist Abel, symbolizing the remnants of the older, not-yet-fully-domesticated lifeways of the nomad forager, is murdered by the farmer Cain. This metaphorical vignette represents the opening battle of subsequent history’s longest war between aggressive, expansionist agriculturally based societies and their insatiable appetite for land on one hand, and ever-retreating traditional foragers on the other.”

Colonised Land; Colonised Mind (A Scottish perspective)

Posted in bible, history, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality by John T. on November 13, 2008

by Alastair McIntosh

I found this essay on the Rainforest Information Centre Website via the Henry George Institute

website of Alastair McIntosh

“It worries me when I hear of people of Scots descent putting obstacles in the way of native land rights claims in countries like Australia or the States. They should study their own history, mostly untaught in schools, and come to see that this is unbecoming behaviour. It is a betrayal not just of native land rights of the first nation peoples with who they now live, but also of our own people.”

The bible, indigenous spirituality and the theology of Babylon

This essay suggests that it is not the mission of the white Australian church to offer Jesus Christ to Aboriginal Australia, but rather to learn about Jesus the Christ from Aboriginal Australia.
by Sean (John Tracey)

1/ Introduction; Two great men of God.
The Late Mr. Norman Mitchell and The Late Rev. Dr. William Augustus Jones Junior.

2/ Jesus is an Aborigine

3/ The historical context of Jesus of Nazareth

4/ Indigenous revolution

5/ Sin and Salvation in Aboriginal Australia

6/ Babylon and the contemporary Christian Church

7/ Conclusion