• A cross covered in Aboriginal artwork at St John's Church in Glebe, Sydney. (NITV)
What do Indigenous spiritual traditions have in common with Easter? The idea of 'sacrifice,' says Sydney pastor Ray Minniecon.
Andrea Booth

3 Apr 2015 - 1:33 PM  UPDATED 6 Apr 2015 - 4:57 PM

The Easter period - perhaps the most significant event on the Christian calendar - marks the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But Pastor and Kabi Kabi and Goreng Goreng man Ray Minniecon said the Easter period resonated deeply with Indigenous spiritual traditions, thanks to the story of sacrifice.

"In terms of our Aboriginal spirituality, the story of sacrifice [has] always been a very important part of our spirituality, our culture, our traditions and our heritage," he said.

"So the idea of sacrifice is nothing new to us."

Easter should be a time for First Nations people to consider the concept of renewal, Pastor Ray said.

"Renewing our vows to serve our community, renewing our vows to make sure our land is protected, renewing our vows to go out there and make sure our people have a much more better life.

"It's not only about death, it's also about resurrection - it's about new life."

However he is concerned that the message of Easter was being replaced by superficial values.

"I guess the big challenge for us, whether we are Aboriginal or not Aboriginal, is how we've commercialised this particular story and made it into an Easter bunny story."

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