To assist LCA members as they pray and prepare to vote in the Australian referendum on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament in October, the College of Bishops has overseen the production of a guide on this matter for the communities of the church.
This discussion and information paper has been prepared in collaboration with Nick Schwarz, the Assistant to the Bishop – Public Theology, and with the input of leaders from Australian Lutheran Indigenous communities. It also includes a ‘Bible and theology’ section as a reference for study groups; a guide for discussion outlining the background to the referendum and summaries of the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ cases; and documentation relating to the referendum.
This paper is intended as a reference guide as members of the church prepare to participate in the 14 October referendum; it is not an official statement of the church. You can download it here.