People are invited to support the work of the two ordained Aboriginal priests working in Gippsland with Aboriginal communities by donating online to the Gippsland Anglicans Indigenous Ministry Fund and help reach the $20,000 fundraising target.
The Revd Canon Aunty Phyllis Andy and The Revd Kathy Dalton are well-known and well-loved Aboriginal Anglican priests in Gippsland who provide culturally appropriate spiritual support for Aboriginal people across the region, in East Gippsland and Central and West Gippsland.
“We…make [ministry] significant in our cultural way,” Minang and Wotjobaluk Woman, Anglican Priest, East Gippsland, The Reverend Canon Aunty Phyillis Andy says.
Serving Central and West Gippsland is The Reverend Kathy Dalton, Proud Taungurong and Gunai/Kurnai Woman and Anglican Priest. “We are on this journey of reconciliation and healing together.”
Their work often requires them to travel long distances to be with Community during Sorry business or in times of celebration. Rising travel costs have added to the challenge of supporting many families over a vast area.
Recently, people across Gippsland have joined in with activities and education for the significant times of Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) and NAIDOC Week (3-10 July), but support can be given all year round to the Gippsland Indigenous Ministry Fund.
“Donating to the Gippsland Indigenous Ministry Fund is a really practical way we to support the work of reconciliation with First Nations people in our region,” says Libby Willems, Diocesan Development Officer, Gippsland Anglicans. “We can trust that the work of Revd Aunty Phyllis and Revd Kathy is exactly what communities want from their spiritual leaders – we just need to support them to be able to do it.”
Donations made to the Gippsland Indigenous Ministry Fund directly supports the work and activities of The Revd Canon Aunty Phyllis Andy and The Revd Kathy Dalton.
People can visit the fundraising website at https://campaigns.tithely.com/44902-anglican-diocese-of-gippsland/aboriginal-ministry to make a donation to the Gippsland Indigenous Ministry Fund and help reach the $20,000 fundraising target. People can read more about Aboriginal Ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland at https://www.gippslandanglicans.org.au/aboriginalministry
About Gippsland Anglicans
Gippsland Anglicans is part of the Anglican Church of Australia that serves people across a substantial area of Victoria – from Nar Nar Goon in the west to Mallacoota in the east, Omeo to the north and Phillip Island and Inverloch in the south. We are a ‘broad church’ – as diverse as the communities we belong to, and with an open table for all who want to come. Visit us as www.gippslandanglicans.org.au
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