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  • Listen to the faith journey of our Christian Aboriginal sisters

  • Engage with issues facing Aboriginal women in remote and urban areas

  • Learn how to walk alongside our Aboriginal sisters in Christ

Spend an evening learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders about the unique challenges facing Aboriginal women.

Special guest speaker Andrea Mason – 2017 NT Australian of the Year and 2016 Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year – shares about her experiences as an Aboriginal Christian leader and gives insight into the challenges facing Aboriginal women in remote areas. As Chief Executive Officer of Ngaanyatjarrra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPYWC), Andrea will also speak about the council’s successful work to break the cycle of domestic violence and other challenges in remote communities.

During an interactive Q&A panel session, Sharon Minniecon (Scarred Tree Indigenous Ministries, Glebe) and Kayleen Manton (Mt Druitt Indigenous Church) will share about ministry among their Aboriginal communities in greater Sydney.

Before coming to the event, please read the documents

What About History? and

Just Get Over It – Understanding Intergenerational Trauma

from the Australians Together website, so that you are ready to engage with our panellists.

All are welcome at this workshop. If the cost of registration prevents you from attending, please accept our complimentary registration option by using this code: WALKguest


Program

6:30pm            Mingle & chat, with light supper

6:50pm            Welcome and introductions

7:00pm            Andrea Mason address

7:30pm            Q&A panel session

8.30pm            Conclude

 


Our Speakers

Andrea Mason Ms Mason is the chief executive of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council, which works across a 350,000 square kilometre area of Central Australia helping to empower women and their families. She is the 2017 NT Australian of the Year and the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.

Andrea Mason

Ms Mason is the chief executive of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council, which works across a 350,000 square kilometre area of Central Australia helping to empower women and their families. She is the 2017 NT Australian of the Year and the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.

Kayleen Manton Kayleen and her husband Rick have pastored the Mt Druitt Indigenous Church for 20 years. Kayleen serves in all ministry areas, but especially in pastoral care, visiting elders, supporting parents and children who are engaged with FACS, and leading youth group. She is a leader in the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship Women’s Fellowship.  Kayleen originates from the Yarrabah aboriginal community in Far North Queensland, where she became a Christian under the ministry of Bishop Arthur Malcolm, the first Aboriginal Bishop in the Anglican Church in Australia. Kayleen has four grown children and two grandchildren.

Kayleen Manton

Kayleen and her husband Rick have pastored the Mt Druitt Indigenous Church for 20 years. Kayleen serves in all ministry areas, but especially in pastoral care, visiting elders, supporting parents and children who are engaged with FACS, and leading youth group. She is a leader in the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship Women’s Fellowship.  Kayleen originates from the Yarrabah aboriginal community in Far North Queensland, where she became a Christian under the ministry of Bishop Arthur Malcolm, the first Aboriginal Bishop in the Anglican Church in Australia. Kayleen has four grown children and two grandchildren.

Sharon Minniecon Sharon was born in Ayr, in far North Queensland, and her family comes from the Torres Strait (Ugar Island). Sharon and her husband Ray have pastored Aboriginal churches in Western Australia and New Sout Wales for the past 37 years. Sharon has ministered in La Perouse, Redfern and Glebe Aboriginal communities for 25 of those years,  where her ministry has focussed on care for mothers and newborns in hospital, advocacy, pastoral care, housing support and care of mothers engaging with FACS. For 12 years Sharon and Ray had an important role advocating for and walking alongside stolen generation men who were raised in the Kinchella Boys home.  They are currently supporting stolen generation adults who were taken as babies to the Bombaderry Children’s Home. Sharon has been a member of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship Women’s Fellowship all her ministry life. She has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Sharon Minniecon

Sharon was born in Ayr, in far North Queensland, and her family comes from the Torres Strait (Ugar Island). Sharon and her husband Ray have pastored Aboriginal churches in Western Australia and New Sout Wales for the past 37 years. Sharon has ministered in La Perouse, Redfern and Glebe Aboriginal communities for 25 of those years,  where her ministry has focussed on care for mothers and newborns in hospital, advocacy, pastoral care, housing support and care of mothers engaging with FACS. For 12 years Sharon and Ray had an important role advocating for and walking alongside stolen generation men who were raised in the Kinchella Boys home.  They are currently supporting stolen generation adults who were taken as babies to the Bombaderry Children’s Home. Sharon has been a member of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship Women’s Fellowship all her ministry life. She has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
— Matthew 11: 28-30 (The Message)