A weekly column by Rev Dr Gordon Moyes, Superintendent of Wesley Mission.
June 18th, 2000
Last Saturday at Stadium Australia people from across the country and denominations gathered to celebrate 2000 years since Christ's birth. The picture of the day is enormous and I would like to convey to you something of its meaning. In the VIP lounge there was about 200 heads of churches, politicians, mayors, corporate leaders and leaders from the welfare sector. Children in white Celebrating 2000 tops came from 110 schools across the nation, from Geraldton to Cairns. From the moment the pre-program began, while people were arriving, there were roars of excitement - as the Scots Pipe Band came in, there was a huge sense of excitement. And that flow of excitement never stopped.
The Ceremony of the Water:
One lady reported that when the Reconciliation Ceremony began she thought, "Oh no, this aboriginal stuff." She said, "My approach had been that John Howard's a strong man and not kowtowing to Aboriginals." Then she said, I still don't know what it was, but in that moment when they offered the water again, and seeing the Myall Creek cross and Tim, so non aggressive - not making a demanding statement - then hugging that took place. All I know is I've been changed. I will never see this in the same way again. I don't know how it worked, but I know now I am sorry."
The Story's Just Begun: