The Uniting Church and First Peoples
Recognising, respecting and reconciling
The Uniting Church hopes for a nation that acknowledges the rights of Indigenous Australians as the first people of this land, respects the land on which we live, and is committed to empowering Indigenous people to take control of their own lives and destinies.
A key component of our justice work is to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians together and to support the Indigenous community generally. We do this primarily through the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).
We also recognise the pain and damage caused to our country’s native people through settlement and beyond. In 1997 we made a formal apology to the Stolen Generation and participate each year in National Sorry Day.
The formation of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress has a long history.
For more information about the UAICC, their history and other information visit their website.
In 1988 the Uniting Church in Australia sought to encourage the intentional development of shared relationships between the First Peoples of this Nation and those who came after as a result of 200 years of migration.
In the Bible, we read that God is bound in a relationship with people – a covenant relationship.
In a similar way, non-Indigenous and Indigenous people of the Uniting Church seek to be bound in covenant with each other and with God so that we may contribute to a more just church and nation.
Your covenanting journey is a unique and personal one. There are many avenues in which you can start or enrich your own covenanting journey. The UAICC offers a number of suggestions in which people can express their commitment to covenanting.
- Developing a Covenant - A paper authored by Chris Budden and John Rickard and adopted for use by the 11th National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia.
- Building Partnerships: A Guide to Covenant Renewal with Indigenous People throughout the Uniting Church in Australia .