The LCA’s Reconciliation Action Plan has been approved by the General Church Board and endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

Reconciliation Australia Chief Executive Officer Karen Mundine said: ‘As a member of the RAP community, the Lutheran Church of Australia joins over 1000 dedicated corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have formally committed to reconciliation through the RAP program. RAP organisations across Australia are … helping to build higher trust, lower prejudice, and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.’

LCA/NZ Bishop John Henderson described the RAP document as ‘a labour of love’. ‘It represents the continuation of a journey begun when … the late Pastor George Rosendale … and Dr Lance Steicke, the then President of the LCA, led a formal rite of reconciliation between the Lutheran Church of Australia and Indigenous Lutherans (in 2000)’, he said. ‘The Lutheran RAP is a framework we can use in our organisations and ministries to increase our awareness, sensitivity and inclusion.’

The RAP has been sent to church leaders, General Synod delegates, congregations and schools.

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