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 Covenant Relationship
A leading edge in our justice work is the Uniting Church’s efforts to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians together and to support the First People’s primarily through our covenant relationship with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC or ‘Congress’). The role of the Congress is to lead the church in ministry and solidarity work with the First People, including oversight of Uniting Church ministry with them.
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 Uniting Church works for just, inclusive and equal relationships, recognising the place of First Peoples in Australia.
- supports the recommendations of the 1997 Bringing Them Home Report, and actively supports Bringing Them Home WA
- supports the Close the Gap campaign to end the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians;
- supports policies which respect self-determination and the ability and desire of Indigenous people to themselves address disadvantage (without the imposition of solutions by outside welfare and government bodies); supports the Beananging Kwuurt Institute
- supports culturally appropriate Indigenous governance in the form of a representative body, elected by the Indigenous community.
- supports the Statement from the Heart.
- the Uniting Church in Western Australia is a coalition member of Social Reinvestment WA, which offers a new vision for an effective and connected approach to justice in Western Australia.