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.
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
Tribute to Rev Garrawurra
This tribute to our late brother Rev Jeffrey R Garrawurra firstly honours his contribution to God’s mission through the UAICC and UCA. Secondly, it speaks to the significant leadership and importance for our Church’s global partnerships through First Nations leaders. In this instance, Rev Garrawurra’s participation in the Pacific Council of Churches gathering strengthened and
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
Get to know Rev. Seung Jae Yeon
Rev. Seung Jae Yeo is a Panel Member for Walking Together as First and Second Peoples. We asked Seung Jae to share some of his story. My name is Rev. Seung Jae Yeon, my Korean name is 연 승재 and in Chinese characters is 延 承宰. Gok-San is like my tribe and it is the place of the
All I want for Christmas
By Stuart McMillan, Advocate for the Walking Together as First and Second Peoples Circle Well, I have my two front teeth, thanks to the mouth guard I wore when playing Rugby. Seriously though, what is it that this Circle might hope for? How might the advent of Christ, the ever-present Immanuel, cause us to spur one
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