Each of us has a crucial role to play in speaking out in our communities and networks to ensure a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament is successful.
We will need to speak to our leaders, quell the doubts in our churches and in our communities, and show people that every step towards reconciliation is a step towards justice and the enrichment of all Australians.
As Bianca Manning, Gomeroi woman and Common Grace Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Justice Coordinator, reminds us "This is a journey we must go on together. As Aboriginal people, we can't escape the path of seeking justice; our lives, families and communities depend on it. We invite you to join us on this challenging but beautiful journey of pursuing justice and God's goodness, walking with us, listening deeply and speaking out in your communities”.
An important way you can speak prophetically during this season is by hosting a Table Talk Conversation and inviting those in your community to host their own as well.
Sign Up to register your interest to host a Table Conversation and receive our newly released 'Christian Guide to Facilitating Table Talk Conversations'.
This Table Talk Conversations Guide has been developed in collaboration between Common Grace and Tearfund Australia, drawing on our key resources, as well as resources shared as part of the Together, Yes Kitchen Table Conversations.
What is a Table Talk conversation?
- Table Talk conversations are a tried and tested, simple yet incredibly powerful way to engage in conversations about important issues.
- It typically involves gathering a group of up to 10 people for a small group discussion around a particular issue – in this instance the issue is a constitutionally enshrined Voice to parliament.
- During this conversation, a conversation host (that’s you!) would use provided materials to help guide a conversation around the upcoming referendum and invite guests to ask questions and have honest conversations.
- It can be held in a home – either around a kitchen table, in the living room or a backyard – or in a public setting like a park or café
Why host a Table Talk conversation?
- We know that one of the ways people change their hearts or minds on an issue is through conversations they have with people with whom they know and trust.
- An honest, respectful, and relaxed conversation with a trusted friend or family member is far more likely to transform opinions than information from a third party.
- Creating an open space for people to reflect, ask questions and air their concerns will mean that we’re making this journey positive and unifying.
- This is your chance to make a compelling case for why you are voting YES in the upcoming referendum, and why you think your friends and family should do the same.
Purpose of a table conversation in the lead up to the referendum: to create a space where every person feels able, safe, and validated to ask questions, have discussions and build their knowledge on the importance of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
As a Table Talk conversation host, you will:
- Be equipped with materials to help you plan and gather your small group, set the scene for people, and lead the group through a constructive conversation.
- Bring together a small group of up to 10 people, for a purposeful and engaging conversation about the upcoming referendum and the importance of a Voice to Parliament.
- Lead a conversation that helps build empathy, connection, and unity.
You do not need to be an expert! Facts and statistics and technical details have their place in the wider public discussions, but a Table Talk conversation is about you sharing your views openly and authentically and inviting others to do the same. It is your passion and your generous and invitational posture that will help to transform hearts and minds.
Register your interest to host a Table Talk Conversation to receive further resources and support from Common Grace.