Tuesday, December 21, 2004

THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

African refugees face a number of challenges as they do their daily battle for survival; so to speak. But the good news is that the growing population of Africans in Australia is playing a vital role in shaping the socio-economic and political landscape of the country.

Believe it or not! The Africans are celebrating their new life in Australia, despite their material disadvantage; increasingly sharing some aspects of their culture and tradition with other Australians.

And indeed African generosity knows no bounds! For example, the Sudanese refugees have brought their traditional Christmas celebrations to the city of Adelaide in South Australia; showcasing their culture and calling on all people of goodwill (Christians and non-Christians alike) to join them during the festive season.

The celebrations will feature religious processions through the city (along the lines of the Sudanese Christtian tradition). And there will be a lot of singing and rejoicing in the true spirit of Christmas.

Reflecting on this development, the Advertiser newspaper reports that Rev David Kuol, a Sudanese Anglican priest, who came to Australia as a refugee in 2003,will lead the combined Sudanese congregations - including Anglican, Lutheran, Uniting Church, and elements of the Catholic faith - in Christmas prayers and religious processions.

Merry Christmas!
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