Christ has called us into a community of justice where all are free to contribute and to share one another’s burdens. The Uniting Church respects the rights and dignity of our first people.
A leading-edge in our justice work is the Uniting Church’s efforts to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians together and to support First Peoples, primarily through our covenant relationship with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).
At its 7th Assembly the Uniting Church formally entered into a relationship of Covenant with its Indigenous members, recognising and repenting for the Church’s complicity in the injustices perpetrated on Australia’s Indigenous community, and pledging to move forward with a shared future. Congress’ generous response to this statement, among other messages, called upon the broader Church to take up the mission of reconciliation.
The ongoing and continually renewing nature of the Covenant calls the Uniting Church to continually act to remove the systems and structures of discrimination and oppression in Australia.
(UnitingJustice: About Justice for Indigenous Australians)
The Social Justice Unit supports the Covenanting Commission, a joint body between the Synod and the WA Regional Committee of UIACC.
Any matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are discussed with members of Congress, including the following:
Walking Together is a set of resources designed to help Uniting Church members explore the Covenant between the UCA and Aboriginal and Islander peoples. The resources include a study guide, videos and worship resources.
Visit our Media Releases to find out about the prominent issues we are actively involved in.