October 13th, 2023Church wearing the Heart on its walls
Words & image: Contributed
A word-art installation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart is all around the walls of St George’s, Trentham. Put up by locals, it was dedicated by Bishop Matt Brain, the Anglican Bishop of Bendigo, on September 24.
“Jesus calls us to open our hearts to receive from and share with everyone,” he said. “I am delighted to bless this local initiative, which places the Uluru Statement in a space set aside for reflection and inspiration.
“The Statement from the Heart is a generous invitation from this land’s ancient peoples for more recent newcomers to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future. I pray that our hearts are open to respond.”
The Reverend Dr Charles Sherlock AM is the locum minister at St George’s.
“This referendum is very significant for our nation,” he said. “God calls us to live on the basis of truth. Yet much debate seems unaware of where the Voice proposal comes from – the Statement from the Heart.
“A parishioner came up with the idea of placing the Statement around the walls of St George’s, so that anyone can come in and engage with it in a safe space.”
Measuring the space available, planning how to fit the words in, then printing, cutting and pasting them up took some thinking. Finding a font large enough to make the word readable on A4 sheets saw Binner Gothic at 256 point do the trick.
“The practicalities were not only fun they made us look at the Statement closely. It is challenging and deeply thoughtful, and also a beautiful piece of English. That a large group managed to get it together on one page is amazing.
“We look forward to locals taking the opportunity to visit St George’s to engage with the Statement. We’re not telling people how to vote, but want everyone to be informed of what is being asked of us in the vote.”
During the day in St George’s, the Statement is read aloud by a variety of recorded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. St George’s is at 58 High Street, Trentham. It is open daily, except from 3pm Saturday to 10.30am Sunday.