Somehow I found Tanya Riches’ blog a while ago.
The articles reflect a personal perspective on sociological issues in Australian culture and Christianity.
This confronting article about the stories of indigenous women in Australia unfolds remarkable resilience in unthinkable circumstances, and hopes for a culture where the abused will be believed and supported.
The carnations and whistles?
They were Mother’s Day gifts at a church service:
…during a Mothers Day service at Mount Zion Aussie Indigenous Church, women were handed a single carnation flower and a keyring with a light and a whistle. Their pastor, Stephanie Truscott, an animated African American lady, ordered the ushers to pass them to ladies sitting in the pews. She stared over her glasses and down the pulpit yelling, “I don’t want any more calls! Do you get me? You use these! I don’t want any more hospital visits! I can’t bear it any longer!”
I compare this to other “gift moments” I’ve seen in churches. Teacups. Miniature shoes. Journals.
Yeah, handing out a pretty little silver key-ring and hoping it might save a woman’s life is pretty sobering.
Read the rest here.