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.
Meet our Advocate for the Walking Together as First and Second Peoples Circle, Stuart McMillan, and get to know our panel members.
Of One Blood
Walk in the light together, First and Second Peoples By Stuart McMillan, Advocate, National Consultant Covenanting “Listen! Your brothers 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
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
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
Like Sun Rays over Water
Joy Han has written a reflection on her experience of Walking on Ngarrindjeri Country in the lead up to the National Young Adult Leaders Conference. She has written it in the form of a letter to a friend, Sarah, who she addresses as Ŏnni, a Korean kinship term for another woman in the same peer group
By Stuart McMillan, Circle Advocate While this greeting is commonly used as hello or greetings, it really is like saying: “How is it with you? With your spirit?” I wonder if in a future issue of the newsletter, or as a regular newsletter feature, we could explore stories from our walking together and discovering something
A First Nation's Voice
By Stuart McMillan, Walking Together as First and Second Peoples Advocate and Assembly Consultant Covenanting. What did the First Nation leaders really include in their submission about a First Nations Voice to the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples? How could any Commonwealth Parliamentarian misconstrue the submission