A Moment of Healing – 10th Anniversary of the Apology

First and Second Peoples in the Uniting Church have marked the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, by calling for urgent action on sovereignty, treaty and Indigenous education.

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. The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress will employ a full time National President and a full time youth worker for the next three years, to build on the strong work being done by young Indigenous church leaders in local communities around the […]

Polar Parallels on a Journey of the Heart

Colleen Geyer I travelled across Canada in July with a group of seven Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress leaders. Our group travelled as part of the Moderator of the United Church of Canada (UCC) Rev. Jordan Cantwell’s Reconciliation Dialogue.

Celebrating three ordinations

Congress has recently celebrated the ordination of Denise Champion in SA, and will next week celebrate the ordination of Sam Dinah and Robert Jetta in WA. Denise Champion On Saturday 20 June the SA Congress and SA Presbytery celebrated the ordination of Denise Champion as a Deacon in the Uniting Church. Denise, who is an Adnyamathanha woman from the Flinders Rangers, is the first female […]

Youth Suicide

The following link is to a really important attempt to tackle youth suicide, a major issue in Aboriginal communities: https://bepartofthehealing.org/

Mine threatens traditional land

My name is Adrian Burragubba, and I’m a proud Traditional Owner of Wangan and Jagalingou country in central Queensland. You might know the area better as the Galilee Basin, where Adani wants to build one of the biggest coal mines in the world. My people have formally rejected an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani to build the Carmichael coal mine on our land. I’m […]

Standing together against community closures

  UAICC members across Australia have rallied in support of remote Aboriginal communities under threat of closure. The National Committee suspended its meeting in Sydney to voice its concerns at forced closures outside the Prime Minister’s Sydney residence Kirribilli House. Congress Chair Rev. Dennis Corowa and Deputy Chair Rev. Garry Dronfeld both addressed a crowd of around 100 protesters. Rev. Corowa described the threat by the WA Government to close up to […]

Threat To Close Communities In Western Australia

In 2014 the Federal Government decided that it would no longer accept responsibility for the provision of municipal services to remote Aboriginal communities including, in Tasmania and Victoria, the provision of remote housing. The argument was that such services should be the responsibility of states and local communities. The reality is money. In Western Australia these services cost approximately $1 billion annually, but the WA […]

Covenanting: A Personal Reflection by John Rickard

The experience of Covenanting is critical to the ongoing life of the Uniting Church in Australia. Covenanting defines the relationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the Uniting Church. This article is my personal reflection on my journey into covenanting. Obviously, not everybody has the same journey. It is influenced by both life experience and what we bring to it. It also should be […]