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Peter Adam urges 'recompense' for Indigenous injustice

Tuesday, 11 August 2009, 13:04 (EST)
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In an address to be presented tonight, Dr Peter Adam, Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, will call on Christians to consider appropriate “recompense” for the injustice suffered by Indigenous Australians as a result of European colonization, church planting and nation-building.

Dr Adam will give the Second Annual John Saunders Lecture at 7.00 pm at Morling College, Macquarie Park, Sydney. The lecture will discuss Aboriginal land claims, the history of injustice against Indigenous Australians, and appropriate Christian responses including the question of recompense.

The John Saunders Lecture is sponsored by the Baptist Union of NSW Social Issues Committee and seeks to address contemporary social and ethical issues in Australia from a scholarly evangelical perspective.

The Revd John Saunders (1806-1859) was an evangelical Christian with a missionary heart, a keen intellect, a gift for public speaking, and a passion for Christian social responsibility. He is best known for his temperance work and his advocacy for justice for the Aborigines.

His famous sermon on Aboriginal justice has been anthologised in several places, most recently in Sally Warhaft (ed.), Well May We Say… The Speeches That Made Australia (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2004).

Tonight’s lecture is open to the public and admission is free. A voluntary offering will be collected to assist the training of Indigenous Christian leaders. A time of moderated audience response will follow the lecture.

The Inaugural John Saunders Lecture, outlining the life and ministry of the Revd John Saunders, was presented by Revd Rod Benson on 1 May 2008.

The 2010 John Saunders Lecture will be presented by David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.


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