Covenanting

An Acknowledgement of First Peoples is a way of paying respect to First Peoples whenever we gather together and an important expression of the covenant which the Uniting Church has with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).

This new resource offers an explanation for why the Assembly encourages the whole of the Uniting Church to ensure a Welcome by or an Acknowledgement of First Peoples is given at the commencement of worship, meetings of boards, councils, committees, schools and agencies and other occasions when the Church gathers.

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. 

An Acknowledgement of First Peoples is a way of paying respect to First Peoples whenever we gather together.

For Reconciliation Week 2019 we have produced a series of bilingual A4-size posters that give two standard versions of the Acknowledgement of Country.

The Assembly has designed new posters and pull-up banners to celebrate the Uniting Church's Covenanting relationship with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

The 2007 Assembly booklet, Building Partnerships: A guide to covenant renewal with Indigenous people throughout the Uniting Church in Australia is for congregations, agencies, groups, individuals and organisations who wish to relate more closely to Indigenous people in Australia from a Christian perspective.

Extra resources, referred to on pages 7 and 32 of that Building Partnerships, are available here:

Chris Budden and John Rickard prepared a paper to challenge the UCA to new commitments and new partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Each Synod has a representative to assist with your Covenanting processes.

This Covenant Statement was read by the President of the Uniting Church Assembly to the Chairperson, the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress on Sunday 10 July, 1994.

Resources for Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2008

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