National Conference 2018
UAICC National Conference will be held from Saturday 13 January (starting with dinner at 6.00pm) to Thursday 18th (finishing after dinner with worship, so leaving Friday 19th).
It will be held at Geelong Grammar School – 50 Biddlecombe Ave, Corio VIC 3214
The theme is ‘Trauma and healing: lessons from Canada’. Guest speaker is Harley Eagle, a First Person from Canada.
The subsidised cost for accommodation and meals is $600.
When you register you will be sent an invoice with instructions on how to pay.
The theme for the 2018 National Conference of Congress is healing. This also means being able to name the pain and trauma that marks people’s lives that is in need of healing.
Harley Eagle, a member of the First Nations of Canada will speak about the experience of people of Canada as a way of helping people reflect on their own lives and experience of colonial occupation in Australia.
Denise Champion and Liz Boase will lead three Bible studies that explore some of the biblical resources around healing and recognising trauma – both person and communal.
Together people will explore ways that Congress and the Uniting Church might contribute to the healing and well-being of First Peoples.
This National Conference will also celebrate Congress’ vision for holistic ministry.
Harley Eagle is of Dakota & Ojibway Indigenous ancestry. He is a member of the Whitecap Dakota First Nations Reserve, in Saskatchewan, Canada. Since September, 2014 he has lived in Courtenay, British Columbia with his partner Sue and two daughters and works with Island Health as a Cultural Safety Facilitator. Island Health is a provincial health authority and is the largest employer on the Island with a staff of 20,000, and over 8000 volunteers and contractors. His role as cultural safety facilitator is to initiate and implement cultural safety practices and values throughout the organization. This position was the first of its kind in Canada and is seen as a leader in Canada.
Previous to his current work Harley and his family lived in Winnipeg, MB Canada and Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA where he has held leadership positions focusing on Indigenous Issues work for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada and US. MCC is a Christian faith based service and relief organization. This work allowed him to connect with Indigenous People all across North America and globally while working collaboratively with such organizations as The World Council of Churches, KAIROS Canada and other connections through the United Nations.
Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Boase is senior lecturer in Biblical Studies at Adelaide College of Divinity. Liz has a great interest in trauma and how that is dealt with in Scripture. She and Denise will work together on two of the studies.
Rev Denise Champion is an Adnyamathanha woman from the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Denise is a Minister of the Uniting Church, a member of Congress, past-Chair of the SA Regional Committee, leads pilgrimages onto her own country, and is a scholar who is much in demand as a Bible study leader.