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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.

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Leaders of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), the Uniting Church and UnitingCare Australia have described as a lamentable failure today’s revelation that Australia will not meet most of its Closing the Gap targets, while at the same welcoming the Federal Government’s promise of a more inclusive approach to First Peoples’ issues.

The President of the Uniting Church Dr Deidre Palmer has joined UAICC National President Rev. Garry Dronfield and UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little in lamenting today’s Closing the Gap report as “a serious humanitarian crisis”.

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison launched the 12th annual Closing the Gap report in Federal Parliament today. In his address to the Parliament, Mr Morrison made clear that five of the seven Closing the Gap targets were not on track nor would they be met in the expected time frame.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Pastoral Note - Pastor Bill Hollingsworth

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of Pastor Bill Hollingsworth on Thursday 7 November 2019.

Bill was a lay pastor in Calvary Presbytery in the Queensland Synod and is well known as a founding member and former Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

Bill began his life in lay ministry around Cairns in 1959 and from the late 1960s was a lay pastor in a number of Pentecostal churches in the Cairns and Gordonvale areas, and on Thursday Island.

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Thursday, 07 November 2019

Cool response to Voice proposal

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia and the President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress have expressed reservations about the Federal Government’s plans for what it calls an Indigenous voice to government.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt says the “voice to government” will ensure that First Peoples are heard at all levels of government - local, state and federal.

However the proposal falls short of “the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution” which was the specific request of First Peoples leaders in their 2017 Statement from the Heart.

President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Rev. Garry Dronfield says he has mixed feelings about the Federal Government proposal.

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Friday, 01 March 2019

Tributes flow for beloved Minister

The Uniting Church came together at Darwin's Casuarina Uniting Church on 21 Feb 2019 to give thanks for the life and witness of the late Rev. Jeffrey R Garrawurra.

Presidents, Moderators and General Secretaries past and present joined Rev. Garrawurra's family and former colleagues from the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress to share wonderful stories of his faithful service.

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Dr Deidre Palmer gave the following reflection at worship at NYALC on Sunday 20 January 2019 - the day Uniting Church congregations and faith communities around Australia were asked to reflect on the effect of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Peoples and our identity as a nation.

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Friday, 18 January 2019

2019 Survival Day message

President Dr Deidre Palmer has recorded a Survival Day video message with young Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress leader Sean Weetra on Ngarrindjeri country in South Australia.

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Monday, 28 May 2018

Reconciliation Week 2018

The Presidents of the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress have urged congregations to find out more about the history of Indigenous people in their area during Reconciliation Week.

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Harley brings hope for healing

It’s the fifth day of the 2018 Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress National Conference in Geelong.

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Monday, 22 January 2018

New Leadership for Congress

Aboriginal and Islander members in the Uniting Church have boosted resources for youth work, mission and evangelism at their triennial national conference.

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