Prayers of Hope and Community, Supporting Survivors of Abuse
31 Oct 2015
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Pitt Street Uniting Church
This service of lament will be held at Pitt Street Uniting Church.
This is an opportunity to join together and mourn with, and for, those who have been betrayed and wounded in childhood.
We will name our hurts, reflect in silence and with gentle music, and pray for justice and healing.
Chairperson of South Sydney Uniting Church, Heather Robinson said, “It is extremely important to respond to the call from ASCA for people to unite in support of adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse and to respond specifically to the call for people of faith to unite in prayer.
“In coming together as the body of Christ with prayers of grieving, confessing, beseeching and hoping we have made a place for truth to be told, acknowledged and heard. Childhood trauma can be confronting and difficult to talk about and difficult to hear. But healing and justice do not happen in secret. Supportive communities help survivors recover.”
“In this gathering of people from Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths we will pray for justice and healing. We will name our hurts, listen to the testimony of adult survivors of child abuse as told to playwright Alana Valentine, reflect in silence and listen to gentle music played by Dr Nicholas Ng, said Mrs Robinson.
For the first time Venerable Thubten Chokyi and Pundit Nanda Maharaja Das will join us, representing their faiths. Redfern-based Gumbaynggir musician Tim Gray will perform and offer an Acknowledgement of Country.
The Prayer Service is in support of Blue Knot Day, a national day established by Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA). All communities are asked to unite in support of Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
It is hosted by Pitt Street Uniting Church and South Sydney Uniting Church. More information about Blue Knot Day can be found on the ASCA website.
Prayer resources can be downloaded here.