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Harmony Day brings Sydney headquarters staff together


NSW/ACT Divisional Commander Captain Kim Haworth, Intercultural and Disability Inclusion team member Nuria Gonsalves and Territorial Headquarters chaplain Major Romona Kinder at the recent THQ Harmony Day celebrations.

By LAUREN MARTIN

A celebration of Harmony Day at The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters in Sydney on 11 April brought staff from various departments together in fellowship.

The celebration was an initiative of The Salvation Army Intercultural and Disability Inclusion Team and the Events Team.


NSW/ACT Divisional Commander Captain Kim Haworth spoke about harmony at The Salvation Army, and Nuria Gonsalves from the Intercultural and Disability Inclusion Team gave a message from the Bible passage, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


Territorial Headquarters chaplain Major Romona Kinder helps to prepare the Harmony Day morning tea.

She said that as both a church and a charity, The Salvation Army believes that all people are loved by God and worthy of having their needs met. “We love unconditionally because God first loved us. Everyone is welcome to find love, hope and acceptance at The Salvation Army.”

During the celebration, people present taught their colleagues to say ‘hello’ in their first language. Some who attended also brought their own cultural foods to share with others.


“The Harmony Day morning tea was a great opportunity for people to celebrate our different cultures,” said Territorial Headquarters chaplain Major Romona Kinder. “It was lovely to see people that work in different areas of the building meeting each other and sharing food together.”

She said that as a chaplain, her prayer is for God to help build a welcoming and inclusive community around the people who work at headquarters.


“It is important that we continue to find ways to build a sense of belonging in community with people continuing to work both in the office and at home,” she said.

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