September 2010


The first event in the Living Letters Team visit program took place tonight at an informal dinner with NT Church leaders. The team was welcomed to Larrakia Country by Elder Cathie Wilson.

Good Evening and welcome to Larrakia Country. My name is Cathie Wilson. I am an Elder of the Larrakia Clan.

 A warm welcome to members of the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches and distinguished guests.

 First off I would like to thank the organisers for inviting me here.

 I thank you for the respect you show us, the Traditional Custodians of the Land we stand on today.

 The Larrakia People are the Traditional Owners of the Land and Waters of the Greater Darwin Region, including Darwin Peninsula, the Cox Peninsula, most of Gunn Point, Channel Island, Rural Darwin, Darwin Harbour and adjacent Islands and land west of the Howard River and although our boundaries extend up to 50 kilometres in land we are often referred to as saltwater people.

 I wish you well for your Living Letters visit, and your endeavours.

 We thank and praise God for the gift of this beautiful country and for its first inhabitants.

 May we care for this land and for one another in a way that is pleasing to God our creator.

 In the words of another Larrakia Elder, Wally Fejo;

“You have come by way of the Larrakia Land.

You will hear the voice of the Larrakia Ancestors

And you will go taking something of the Larrakia Spirit with you”.

 On that note I welcome you to Gwalwa Daranigki – our land.

 So Mumuk!

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The WCC living letters visit starts tonight (Sunday) with an informal dinner with Northern Territory Church leaders. Delegates have been arriving over the weekend and are looking forward to meeting people throughout the Northern Territory in the coming days. NATSIEC is hosting the visit and will be travelling with the team.

The delegates are from a wide variety of backgrounds and most are Indigenous. 

WCC Living Letters Visit – September 2010

Delegate list

International delegates:

  • Ms Hera Rere Clarke, WCC Central Committee member, New Zealand, Anglican
  • Ms Renée Grounds, United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, United States
  • Dr Hanna Grace, Egypt, Coptic Orthodox
  • Rev. Dr Mindawati Perangin-Angin, WCC Central Committee member, Indonesia, Karo Batak Protestant Church
  • Fr Rex Reyes, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, Episcopal
  • Rev. Dr Anthony Dancer, Social Justice Commission of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia (accompanying member)

Local delegates:

  • Ms Georgie Corowa, Coordinator, Queensland Churches Together Indigenous Peoples and Partnerships.
  • Rev. Sealin Garlett, deputy chair of the NATSIEC Commission, Uniting Church in Australia

WCC and NATSIEC-NCCA staff:

  • Mr Graeme Mundine, NATSIEC-NCCA (local coordinator)
  • Ms Maria Chavez Quispe, WCC (team leader)
  • Ms Gabrielle Russell-Mundine, NATSIEC staff

Media contact: 0419 238 788 or grussell@ncca.org.au