“Beyond his time, a pioneer with vision”

BOOK REVIEW Charles Harris: A Struggle for Justice by William W Emilsen,  (Unley, SA: MediaCom, 2019) By Rev. Dr Jonathan Barker William Emilsen has done a great service in reminding us of the key role Charles Harris played in the founding of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UIACC). Charles is not nearly as well […]

UCA affirms First People’s Sovereignty

The Uniting Church has affirmed that the First Peoples of Australia, the Aboriginal and Islander Peoples, are sovereign peoples in Australia. On 13 July, 2018, the 15th Assembly meeting in Melbourne adopted a statement affirming sovereignty of First Peoples, as noted in the minutes below: 18.09 Recognition of First Peoples as Sovereign In the light […]

Of One Blood

Walk in the light together, First and Second Peoples By Stuart McMillan, Advocate, National Consultant Covenanting “Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground”. God addresses Cain about the death of his brother (Genesis 4:10b).  Listen! The blood of the First Nations Peoples of this land cries out from the ground to […]

Sovereignty Affirmation Task Group members at their first meeting. (Back: Ji Zhang, Juliette Tautala’aso, Mark Kickett, Seungjae Yeon. Front: Stuart McMillan, Garry Dronfield, Michelle Cook. Absent: Fie Marino, Cheryl Lawson.)

Come with us on a journey

We are going on a malaga –  buna limurr dharrwuṯthun rrambaŋi At the 15th Assembly in 2018 the UCA affirmed the sovereignty of First Peoples as described in our Preamble to the UCA Constitution and in the Statement from the Heart.  The Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) has established a Task Group to look at the […]

Prayer Service on Fisherman's Beach, Mornington

Day of Mourning

This year, Uniting Church members were encouraged to hold a Day of Mourning on 20 January to reflect on the impact of invasion on First Peoples. Here are two stories of how people participated in this event. Tewantin Uniting Church in Queensland took a great deal of time in getting to know the stories of […]