Second Wednesday of the Month Book Club – A daytime meeting
Our book club meets at Café Marcella for our February meeting.
It was lovely to turn up on a Wednesday morning and walk through the Church grounds and see people gathering in and around the church grounds for various activities.
As we were meeting close to the church, and in person, this seemed to allow for a couple of extra drop-in visitors who were made very welcome.
Our conversation was lively and challenging. One call to all of us was to seek out further information about First Nations spirituality.
Note to self: read more about Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM Senior Australia of the Year 2021. Here is a little; there is a lot of learn (and un-learn, perhaps)
Aboriginal activist, educator and artist
Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu and a renowned artist, activist, writer and public speaker.
In 1975, Miriam-Rose became the Territory’s first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher. As an art consultant for the Department of Education, she visited schools through the Top End, advocating for the inclusion of visual art as part of every child’s education.
Miriam-Rose later became the principal of the Catholic school in her home community before being appointed to the Federal Government’s advisory body, the National Indigenous Council. In 2013, she established the Miriam Rose Foundation, to bridge the divide between Aboriginal culture and mainstream society – driving reconciliation at a grassroots level. https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/recipients/miriam-rose-ungunmerr%20baumann/2322/
Read Dadirri – Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness from www.miriamrosefoundation.org.au