Stephen R. Lawhead once wrote that “Perhaps it is how we are made; perhaps words of truth reach us best through the heart, and stories and songs are the language of the heart.”
Stephen R. Lawhead once wrote that “Perhaps it is how we are made; perhaps words of truth reach us best through the heart, and stories and songs are the language of the heart.” Day 2 of Voices for Justice 2016 was a day full of stories and songs.
Today started with songs of worship and then Ben Thurley shared with us stories of unity, sharing and connection. How there always seems to room for one more person on a Nepali mini-bus but never on a half-empty Sydney train. Ben spoke of God’s deep heart to see his followers in unity as the body of Christ and demonstrating our unity through sharing and inclusion.
What followed after a quick lunch was an hour-long tour-de-force from acclaimed Christian Climate Scientist and Communicator Katharine Hayhoe on how to effectively communicate on climate change. Katherine spoke via Skype from Texas and given just last month, she was speaking alongside President Obama at the White House on how to drive effective global climate action, it was an incredible opportunity to learn from her and to hear her story.
Workshops and time with our lobby groups followed. I can't do justice to the incredible breadth and depth of workshops over the afternoon but my highlight was hearing Joseph-Zane Sikulu share his story and speak on how reconnection with cultural frameworks and thinking are crucial to our efforts to tackle climate change.
Church on Sunday night with the Hughes Baptist crew is always an wonderful time of celebration and tonight was no different. Reverend James Baghwan preached a message of celebration and challenge on ‘Christ the King Sunday’. One passage he spoke from was in Micah 4 where God’s ultimate Shalom looks like nations turning their swords into plowshares and and their spears into pruning hooks. What a beautiful picture to reflect and meditate on as we raise a prophetic voice and seek to be God’s instruments of justice.
And in true Voices style, today finished in song. An incredible song shared by Tinaai Teaua and Vasiti Tebamare that spoke of cheerful and joyful hearts as they fight for the survival of their land and culture as their home of Kiribati is impacted by climate change.
What a blessing it is to have been able to hear the stories of our Pasifika sisters and brothers. May we continue to hold your stories in our hearts and in our minds.
Tomorrow, a group of ordinary ‘nagging prophets’ cruise into Parliament House to speak Truth to Power in Love. We would love you to continue to pray that our stories and songs reach the hearts of our representatives.