Prayers of solidarity for indigenous populations

Prayers of solidarity for indigenous populations

Two dozen people turned out for the World Day of Prayer public gathering in Palmerston North on Friday March 1st.  The focus was on the Good News of Christ impacting the world’s most vulnerable indigenous peoples, their cultures, language and relationship with the environment.

Fifteen specific community groups were identified who live in ecologically fragile areas of the world, and are already impacted by the consequences of climate change.

A statement of solidarity and prayer was signed by attendees and accompanied a letter of support that has been digitally sent to the spokespersons of each community.

A Palmerston North City councillor, Rachel Bowen, said that she was delighted that prayers in te reo Māori were part of the liturgical service in The Square. Rev John Hornblow, a former Deputy Mayor, said in the letter, “Here in New Zealand we understand the struggles of indigenous peoples. We support you in your journey, in your struggles and in your achievements. We are partners in struggle, and guardians of hope. We pray for you that God’s great blessing with be yours on this journey, his strength, wisdom and encouragement.”

Photo: Rev Andy Hickman from All Saints on The Square speaks to the gathering. / Photo supplied.