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Support Young Indigenous Leaders through the Grassroots Gathering

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Grasstree Gathering is a national, non-denominational event which brings together approximately 50 emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders from across Australia. This gathering is endorsed by senior Aboriginal Christian Leaders such as Aunty Jean Phillips, Uncle Graham Paulson, Uncle Ray Minniecon and Uncle Graeme Mundine.

The Grasstree Gathering 2014 will be held in Brisbane from 6–10 October 2014.

Our vision is to celebrate, encourage, equip and inspire an emerging generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Leaders.

The aims of the Grasstree Gathering are:

  • Create a network amongst established, emerging and young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders
  • Offer theological and community development, training and equipping
  • Encourage and empower new and existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministry workers
  • Provide a platform to discuss issues affecting our communities and the issues affecting our people
  • Explore pathways for the wider church to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministries
  • To have representation from remote, rural and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The need for this gathering has developed from the requests of younger and emerging Indigenous Christian Leaders who often feel isolated in their church communities.

I attended the inaugural Grasstree Gathering in 2012 and had the privilege of being the coordinator for the Grasstree Gathering 2013. I can whole-heartedly say it changed my life.

The issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are many and varied. As Indigenous Christians we want to be part of the solution to issues facing our people. The Grasstree Gathering enables us to get together to discuss our ministries and to discuss our responses as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians to these issues. It also gives us the chance to connect with, learn from, and listen to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Elders.

Our guiding bible verse is:
“…They will be called “Trees of Justice”, planted by the LORD to honour his name. Then they will rebuild cities that have been in ruins for many generations.” Isaiah 61:3-4 (CEV).

Yours in Christ

Brooke Prentis

Conference Location: 70 Kate Street, Indooroopilly QLD 4068 (Brisbane)
Conference is a 4 night fully accommodated residential conference.
The Conference will be held from Monday 6 October 2014 to Friday 10 October 2014. Participants are expected to arrive on Monday 6 October 2014.

Funds can be deposited into:
Bank: Westpac
Account Name: EAF Indigenous Fund
BSB: 033172
Account #: 381509
Transaction description: Grasstree

Please ask donators to email their name, contact and donation amount to for record keeping purposes.

Please make cheques payable to
EAF Indigenous Fund – Grasstree,
and mail to:
EA Foundation
PO Box 175,
Box Hill VIC 3128.


April 8, 2015, 9:50PM
Dixie Link-Gordon is a true leader and srntog Aboriginal woman who is a wonderfulrole model for other women and men who want to make a positive difference in theircommunities. She works tirelessly for the betterment and safety of Aboriginalwomen. The work that she has done over the years has gone a long way to makingcommunities safer for women and children. It is an honour to know her.

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