This section supports the 2007 Assembly Booklet, Building Partnerships: A guide to covenant renewal with Indigenous people throughout the Uniting Church in Australia.
The Uniting Church in Australia is committed to a covenanting relationship with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) which fosters just, inclusive and equal relationships, recognising the place of First Peoples in Australia.
To acknowledge this, revisions to the Preamble of the Uniting Church Constitution were developed and adopted after extensive consultation throughout the Church and UAICC. The new Preamble was adopted at the Church’s 12th Assembly in 2009 and subsequently endorsed by the Synods and Presbyteries throughout 2010.
Sovereignty is about honouring those who were here first and starting to negotiate a new way for us to occupy this land together.
It raises many issues and questions, challenging assumptions and beliefs.
Maybe if we can name what the issues are for us – what we are curious about, what we fear, what we want to know - we can have a more open conversation.
In August 2018, the Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) resolved to establish a Task Group to consider the practical outcomes for the Church arising from the 15th Assembly's affirmation of First Peoples as sovereign peoples.
Resoluton 65 of the 15th Assembly states the the Uniting Church: