Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress
The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) was established in 1985 as the Indigenous arm of the UCA, the UAICC is dedicated to seeking the spiritual, physical, social, mental and emotional wellbeing of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As an independent body, the UAICC determines its own goals and objectives and decides its policies and priorities.
In 1988, a covenant was agreed between the UAICC and the UCA and together, we continue to build relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the Church and the wider community. For more information on this covenantal relationship visit out Covenant with First Peoples page.
In 2011, the Uniting Church was the first church in Australia to constitutionally acknowledge Aboriginal and Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia in the preamble to the Uniting Church constitution. The change to the preamble signifies the natural and rightful extension of the covenantal relationship that the Uniting Church has with the Indigenous people of the church, and by extension of this land.
Today, the UAICC is the largest non-government indigenous agency in Australia.
In 2007, the Beananging Kwuurt Institute was formally recognised as an Aboriginal community service organisation of the WA Uniting Church to bring hope and a fresh heart to Aboriginal people in the WA community.