Acknowledgement of land

Various options…(these specifically mention the Kaurna people on whose land I live and work, and on which Pilgrim Church is located)

We acknowledge the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians on whose land this church was built. We commit ourselves to actively work alongside Aboriginal people for reconciliation and justice.

We acknowledge the Kaurna people who God placed as the traditional custodians of the country on which we stand. We pay our respects to them for their care of the land.

We acknowledge the Kaurna people,the first inhabitants of this place.
We honour them for their custodianship of the land on which we gather today.

For thousands of years the traditional custodians have walked in this land, on their own country. Their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives. We acknowledge the Kaurna People and their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

We acknowledge the Kaurna people, traditional custodians of this land, and pay our respects to their elders both past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of the living Kaurna today.

This Church (Pilgrim)
We acknowledge that the site of this church is placed adjacent to Tandanyangga (Victoria Square), which is the site of ceremony and ritual of the Kuarna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We are awed that they celebrated the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth was implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst.
We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land.

Using words from the Preamble to the Uniting Church Constitution
We acknowledge that we are on the land of the Kaurna people and that the Spirit was in the land revealing God to them through law, custom and ceremony. The same love and grace that was finally and fully revealed in Jesus Christ sustained the Kaurna people and gave them particular insights into God’s ways. Therefore, we honour the wisdom of the Kaurna Elders and their continuing culture, and pray that we might all work together for reconciliation and justice in this nation.

Acknowledging other Aboriginal Communities and the wisdom of their Elders
We acknowledge the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We acknowledge the wisdom of their Elders both past and present and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across Australian. We pray that in the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land.

Standard form – to use at public meetings
This acknowledgement is of the format used by government and many community organisations.
Ninna marni (a Kaurna word for “Hello, how are you?”)
We would like to acknowledge this land that we meeet on today is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their country. We also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.

A call to Worship & acknowledgement – verses of Psalm 104
O God how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all!
The earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide.
Living things are there, both small and great.
All these look to you to give them their food in due season.
When you open your hand,
they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed.
When you take away their breath,
they die and return to dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created.
Your spirit renews the face of the earth.
Your spirit brought life to this land
and blessed your Kaurna people.
Before explorers and settlers came to this land,
your spirit was in this place.
Your life giving spirit connects us to one another.
May we in community celebrate your spirit
within us and among us. Amen!

About admin

Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.
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