Acknowledgement of Country in the UCA

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.

It includes helpful information on where to start and a number of examples that could be used in different contexts. 

 We encourage the whole Uniting Church to listen deeply for what it means to walk together, First and Second Peoples, to lament the past and to seek to be a healing community, characterised by the love of Christ.