A nativity image by Rachael Saunders
From the "Australian Jesus" collection by Reg Mombassa
These are some symbols you will commonly come across in Australian Aboriginal art. An important point to note is that the perspective is generally that of looking down on the land from above, as is common for maps. Because that's what Aboriginal artworks actually are. Now try testing your new skills on this painting. Can … Continue reading A spotters guide to Aboriginal symbols
"One Tribe, One Mob" by Australian aboriginal artist Max Conlon Did you know the word “Church” is derived from the Greek word kyriakon, not ekklesia as is commonly supposed, and that they have very different meanings? Kyriakon doma means “House of the Lord” and refers to a place of worship. Ekklesia means “the called out” … Continue reading Why you won’t find a church in the New Testament
To kick of the season of Advent, here is a poem by a good friend, Lucy Jarasius. Lucy is a Christian with interests in dancing, ministry with Aboriginal Australians and social justice. Adventist Dreaming ©Lucy Jarasius 2014 Iffhuwanah, Maid of Gondwana, made of earth dreaming darkly waiting for light-shining, night-splitting Amor capable of scaling … Continue reading Advent Begins
This image by Jacqui Stewart is entitled "Hope Beyond the Window". As an Australian Christian I find it very confronting. Here is an interpretation of the image that Jacqui passed on through her blog: ‘The above piece of work depicts the scene of half-caste Aboriginal children sitting in front of the church they were taken too after … Continue reading How the church messed up with Aboriginal Australians
As an Australian who is interested in exploring more contextual expressions of Christianity I feel an obvious question I must ask is, is there anything distinctive about Australian art, and if so, what? I can't say I have a definitive answer but I have noted a number of sources drawing attention to an early shift … Continue reading What is distinctive about Australian art?
I thought I would share with you some interesting observations made by Gary Bouma in "Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century." Although he made them back in 2006 I think they are still highly accurate and relevant. He writes: A society’s religious institution sets the levels of religious belief and practice required … Continue reading The Australian Soul
This picture comes from Western Australia, courtesy of a friend of mine. He writes: "Hi Matt, Was thinking of you. We were in W.A 2 weeks ago and went to New Norcia. Was profoundly impressed in that in the 19thc they genuinely respected the Aboriginals and genuinely tried to incarnate the Gospel to them. The … Continue reading Aboriginal Christian Art from Western Australia
"Good Friday" by Australian Aboriginal artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri.