“Pastor Raymond (Uncle Ray) has dedicated his life to working with the Stolen Generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, in ways that are often out of the limelight and speak of deep personal integrity and an inspirational faith. A descendant of the Kabi Kabi nation, the Gureng Gureng nation of South-East Queensland, and the South Sea Islander people, Pastor Ray’s near relations were enslaved as cane cutters. He grew up on a reserve and only narrowly avoided being taken from his parents by the colonial authorities. Later he was offered roles in the Australian Government, but chose to stay working in the community.
“Through his ministry, he has dealt with complex, intergenerational trauma and high rates of incarceration, suicide and addiction in his community resulting from colonial policies. Yet he chooses to pursue relationship with colonising cultures, saying: ‘It’s God himself, in the middle of all of this mess, these powers that be – he’s putting out his hand, both to the wounded as well as to those who have made the wounds, – and saying, “Come on, let’s get back together again. Let’s heal these relationships again. Let’s make us be one as God created us to be.” That really is the heart of the gospel.’
— Green Anglicans (@Greenanglicans) October 13, 2022