06 Apr Uniting in harmony
Uniting is a culturally and linguistically diverse organisation. On 21 March, services across Uniting celebrated Harmony Day – a moment to remember that our rich cultural diversity is at the very heart of who we are.
How we celebrated
Uniting the Garrison, Mosman
Uniting the Garrison in Mosman hosted a morning tea featuring cake and decorations in the Harmony Day colour of orange. Team members wore traditional dress and brought cultural artefacts to share with the delighted residents. Residents were also invited to share a bit about their cultural heritage – including where they were born, the languages they speak and the thing they value most about their culture.
Service Chaplain, Pastor Seng Eng Low, reflected on the part each one of us has to play in ending discrimination. The residents wholeheartedly supported the value of mutual respect and said that it was a meaningful experience and a great way to celebrate their multicultural community.
Sydney and South-East Sydney disability services
Disability team leaders from the Sydney and South-East Sydney regions celebrated Harmony Day at their quarterly gathering with a team building activity and discussion about what harmony between people looks like in practice.
In pairs, the disability workers played guided putt-putt with one member of each duo blindfolded as they relied on the support and guidance of their teammate. The activity was a chance to put into practice what harmony signifies – mutual respect and communication between people. Turns out that working together in harmony can also be a whole lot of fun.
Uniting Lynvale, Lane Cove
At Uniting Lynvale in Lane Cove, team members wore ‘harmony orange’ to mark the special day and employees, residents and their visitors got together for some Harmony Day selfies.
Uniting Aldersgate, Lilyfield
The Uniting Aldersgate family marked the occasion in Lilyfield with morning devotions where team members and residents told stories about the importance of their cultural heritage. The day’s usual afternoon Happy Hour was extra special – full of multicultural singing and dancing as everyone enjoyed their time together.
Pictures from the day
Our blog inbox was flooded with beautiful photos of teams celebrating. Here a few of the shots they shared.
Why we celebrate Harmony Day at Uniting
- Around 49% of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent born elsewhere
- More than 170 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia today
- Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi
- One in five Australians have experienced race-hate talk
- 20% of Australians have reported discrimination on the basis of their skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
- 270 of our Uniting employees identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- Many of our residents, clients and volunteers come from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and close to 13% of our team members are able speak a language other than English.
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