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On 10 July 1994, the 7th Assembly of the Uniting Church formally entered into a binding covenant relationship with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.
Why was this necessary, given the Church had recognised the UAICC in 1985?
That very year, 1985 the same Assembly meeting that recognised the UAICC reversed a promise of the previous Assembly in 1982 to not support Australia's Bicentennial celebrations in 1988 if there had not been significant advancement in land rights and justice for First Peoples.
On the 26 January 1988 Rev Charles Harris with other First Nations leaders led a Bicentennial protest rally and march calling for Justice for First Nations Peoples.
Rev. Dr Chris Budden, past National Coordinator of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), gave a talk on "The UCA and Voice, Treaty, Truth" at a Men's Breakfast at the Charlestown Uniting Church on 20 July 2019.
He offers a great explanation of the UCA covenanting journey, including the formation of the UAICC, the entering into a covenantal relationship, and the affirmation of the sovereignty of First Peoples by the 15th Assembly resolution.
Uniting Church in Australia immediate past President Stuart McMillan will begin a new role with the National Assembly as Assembly Consultant Covenanting on 1 September 2018.