Every evening, our Twilight team and our volunteers work tirelessly to make what is a very difficult time of day for many of our community into a time of fun, safety and warmth. On Sunday night a couple of friends who were in Sydney to perform at the Opera House for National Reconciliation Week gathered with our Twilight team and pulled out some instruments for an impromptu concert. Everyone present was swept up in a moment of joy and beauty as the group, The Spirit of Churaki, led some impromptu singing from many of our visitors. Their singing from the heart, may not always please the ear but that doesn’t matter around here. When we think about what reconciliation should look like in our nation, we should never forget that while truth brings healing, hope, and freedom it also brings friendship. A shift in focus from “what are we going to lose?” to “what are we going to gain?” will lead us all to a better future.
The news of another death of a woman in a park in Melbourne has rightly shocked us once again. The discussion seems to be shifting. From blaming women for their clothing and walking late at night alone, to the role and responsibility of men. This is a welcome evolution if it leads us to a collective sense of responsibility. The fact that this woman was homeless and struggled with mental health and addiction shouldn’t derail the conversation. It should steel our resolve and convince us that we can and should do better.
Thanks for being part of our Inner Circle,
Pastor & CEO