AN APOLOGY TO THOSE HURT BY THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CANBERRA AND GOULBURN
Wed 6 August 2014
On Sunday 10 August 2014, parishes across the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn will hold a special commemoration service called Lamentation Sunday.
These services will include a public apology by the Right Reverend Stuart Robinson, Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. The public apology is as follows:
“On behalf of my Episcopal colleagues and the leadership of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, I wish to convey our deep and genuine sadness in relation to the pain and brokenness that people have experienced as a result of their engagement with our Church.
“I take this opportunity to apologise for any abuse or mistreatment that those sharing in this event may have experienced by individuals or groups connected with our Church.
“We know that hurt and sorrow can last for decades – indeed generations – and so we’d value the opportunity to work with people towards wholeness, forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration – and trust that this service might begin to address such things.
“Our aim is to create and grow communities of faith that are safe, life-giving, transformative and Christ-honouring.
“In addressing personal grievances and unresolved conflict, we’ll be better placed to achieve our aim.
“Thank you for sharing in this gathering with us.”
Services of Lamentation are a way for Anglicans to recognise the pain, hurt and sorrow caused by the actions and inactions of our Church. It seeks to raise awareness about the need for pro-active engagement to create safe environments for people and be a step towards healing, forgiveness and reconciliation.
A video of the apology will be available to parishes and media on the diocesan website from 3pm Thursday 7 August 2014.
Liturgical resources for parishes are available for download.