The Preamble to the Constitution of the Uniting Church states that “As the Church believes God guided it into union so it believes that God is calling it to continually seek a renewal of its life as a community of First Peoples and of Second Peoples from many lands”.
This journey is marked by commitments. In 1985, the Assembly of the Uniting Church unanimously welcomed and agreed to officially support the formation of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). In 1994 the Uniting Church in Australia entered into a Covenant with our Congress brothers and sisters so that together we may contribute to a more just church and nation.
The Walking Together as First and Second Peoples Circle encourages members of the UCA to see a destiny together, praying and working together for a fuller expression of our reconciliation in Jesus Christ. The Circle is a space for walking together, for listening to and sharing of the experiences of our Indigenous brothers and sisters. The Circle will consider some of the important issues that impact our ability to live out our Covenant commitments.
The Advocate for the Walking Together as First and Second Peoples Circle is Stuart McMillan.
Stuart is the immediate-Past President of the Uniting Church in Australia and Assembly Consultant Covenanting.
We've asked Stuart to share a little more about himself.
Christology of the Preamble
Assembly Theologian-in-Residence Rev. Dr Ji Zhang has written a paper on the Christology of the Preamble to be published in the next edition of Uniting Church Studies Journal. The next edition edited by Rev. Dr Chris Budden will feature papers from the Neoliberalism, Civil Society & The Church Conference held at United Theological College in June.
Preparing for A Day of Mourning
By Stuart McMillan, Advocate – Walking Together as First and Second Peoples On Sunday 20 January 2019, Uniting Church Congregations will be able to join together in lament, recognising the tragic events of colonisation together with devastating effects for the First Nation peoples of Australia. The observance of a “Day of Mourning” was endorsed by the
We are in the land, and the land is in us
Dr Richard Smith, from the Uniting Church WA Covenanting Commission, offered this reflection after a workshop on Sovereignty and Treaty led by UCA leaders of the Noongar people at the Presbytery of WA Meeting. Below his article is a question for reflection and some thoughts shared within the Circle. The Story was originally published in
Meet Panel Member Michelle Cook
Rev. Michelle Cook is a Panel Member for the Walking Together as First and Second Peoples Circle. We asked Michelle to tell us a bit about herself. I’m currently living on the land of the Letteremarriner people in the place also called Launceston, Tasmania. My current role is as Presbytery Minister – Mission development across
Building Hopeful and Safe Communities
Alison Overeem was part of the Tasmanian delegation at the COAG National Summit to Reduce Violence against Women and Children. She reflects on what it meant to have a First People’s voice on Family Violence and our response to it. I was honoured to be part of a strong Tasmanian delegation invited to attend the COAG National