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 all First Peoples and of Second Peoples from many lands”.
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.
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Day of Mourning stories
Truth-telling, lament and relationship Written by Stuart McMillan, Assembly Consultant Covenanting “Our stories and family lines entwine across seas, lands and skies ….” Grace Williams, Artist, Leprena Centre, UAICC Tasmania On 24 January 2021, Uniting Churches and agencies across the country marked the Uniting Church in Australia’s annual Day of Mourning in creative and meaningful
Take part in a Day of Mourning Service
Take part in a Day of Mourning ServiceUniting Church communities across the country are preparing to mark a Day of Mourning on Sunday 24 January to stand with and affirm Australia’s First Peoples in their journey of survival.The Day of Mourning is an annual observance in the Uniting Church to reflect on the effects of
Day of Mourning 2021
On the Sunday before Australia Day, Uniting Church congregations across the country hold worship services to reflect upon and lament the effect of the invasion and colonisation of this nation upon First Peoples.The observance of a Day of Mourning was endorsed by the 15th Assembly arising from a request of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander
TALKING #ALWAYSWASALWAYSWILLBETwo NAIDOC Week conversations brought together Uniting Church members from across the country to hear from our First Peoples on the theme “Always Was, Always Will be”. Both provided opportunities to hear first-hand about the spiritual and cultural connection to country for First Peoples in our church and led to engaging conversation on what
Lets Yarn NAIDOC Week
Join the Assembly Resourcing Unit (ARU) for a time of conversation and listening, now taking place every month. Following on from our BYO Coffee invitation during COVID-19, the ARU team will continue to provide opportunities for conversation and to listen to people from across the Church on areas of particular focus. This month, as part of NAIDOC
NAIDOC 2020 Stories
STORIESINTRODUCTIONMark Kickett and Deidre PalmerSTORIES OF COUNTRYIn this video series called Yarta Wandatha Rev. Dr Aunty Denise Champion shares stories of the Adnyamathanha people and their connection to the land.Filmed on Adnyamathanha country in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia in 2016, Aunty Denise retells the stories she was told as a young girl. She