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.
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
Learning on and with Country
By Alison Overeem, Leprena Centre Manager, UAICC A group of over 70 people gathered for the unveiling of the Cultural Landscape at Leprena, the home of UAICC Tasmania in Glenorchy. The completion of the playscape was a culmination of over two years planning with community, staff, committee and designers. We want visitors and family of Leprena to
Meet our Advocate
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.What I’m doing now: From 1 September I began a new role as Assembly Consultant CovenantingI’d say my greatest
Creative expression of Reconciliation
This story was originally published by New Times, the Synod of SA publication. Adelaide West Uniting Church (AWUC) is collaborating with their local community to help transform their shared space with the Uniting College of Leadership and Theology, into a practical space of reconciliation. Adelaide West Uniting Church was recently awarded an Environment and Community
UnitingCare Listening Tour
By Claerwen Little, UnitingCare National Director Last week I travelled through Arnhem Land with two of our network colleagues Amanda Hunt, CEO UnitingCare West and Tamra Bridges, General Manager for UnitingCare Queensland’s Indigenous Services Panangba. The journey was a listening tour, taking the theme of this year’s Garma Festival ‘Truth-Telling’ to spend time on country with
Presenting on Sovereignty
Immediate Past President Stuart McMillan and General Secretary Colleen Geyer presented to the 15th Assembly the Proposal to affirm First People’s as Sovereign. This is what they said. PROPOSER: Stuart McMillan President, it is our privilege to bring this proposal to the Assembly on behalf of the Standing Committee. The lie of terra nullius is