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A Guide to the Church in Walking Together as First and Second Peoples – an invitation for 2021 onwards

The Church in Victoria and Tasmania is invited to engage more deeply into this journey of Walking Together.

The key aspects of this journey are reflected in deep listening, creating and broadening of relationships between First and Second Peoples, taking responsibility for justice and truth telling, and of ensuring that the voices of First Peoples are heard and respected within the leadership of the Church and its Councils.

The Journey of Walking together as First and Second Peoples is our Synod’s expression of the Covenant between the UAICC and the UCA.

Download Covenanting Guide 2021

The purpose of this Guide is:

  • to continue to encourage one another and the Councils of the UCA to affirm and re-commit to the Covenant with the UAICC,
  • to continue to encourage the building of relationships with local First Peoples communities where our Congregations, Presbyteries and Synod are located,
  • to continue to educate the Church,
  • to continue to encourage the Church to engage and deepen relationships between First and Second Peoples,
  • to continue to inspire the Church to take action, make commitments and instigate change.

Prepared by the Covenanting Action Plan Working Group, under the auspices of the Synod of VicTas.

For more information, contact jennifer.byrnes@victas.uca.org.au

Resources

Below is a list of general resources you are encouraged to explore and use in your journey in response to the Covenanting Guide.  

Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country resources 

Uniting Church Assembly Guide. Available here

Aboriginal Victoria Map 

Information and maps of local First Nation and language groups in Victoria. Available here

Broader map of Indigenous Australia. Available here

Aboriginal Tasmania Map  

Interactive map with stories from Aboriginal Tasmania. Available here

Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, including maps and resources. Available here

Books 

‘Why Indigenous Sovereignty Should Matter to Christians’ 2018, Rev Dr Chris Budden.Available here

 ‘Yarta Wandatha’ 2014, Denise Champion. Available here

 ‘Your, Mine, Ours: Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery’ 2016, Intotemak, Mennonite Church Canada. Available here

 ‘Wrongs to Rights: How Churches can Engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ 2016, Intotemak, Mennonite Church Canada. Available here

 ‘Dark Emu’ 2014, Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books. Available here 

 ‘Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology’ 2014, ed. J.Havea, Palgrave Mcmillian. 

 ‘Charles Harris: a struggle for justice’ 2019, William W. Emilsen, MediaCom Education. Available here 

 “Sand Talk:  How Indigenous thinking can save the World”, Tyson Yunkaporta, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2019. Available here

NAIDOC Week 

NAIDOC Week is a week of observance lasting from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday.If you would like resources for NAIDOC Week, please visit the website here

National Reconciliation Week 

National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May to 3 June, straight after National Sorry day on 26 May. Recourses are available through the Reconciliation Australia website here 

For additional Reconciliation Week material intentionally created for a church context, you can also visit the TEAR Australia website here

Narana Cultural Centre 

Find information about Narana, its cultural education programmes and other resources, here 

UAICC and Covenanting  

Uniting Church Assembly Covenanting Resources. Available here

Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian congress. Website under re-development, but available here  

2021 UC Vic/Tas Statement from the Heart Study Guide, developed by the Synods Justice and International Mission Cluster. Available here  

Covenanting resources on ‘Walking Together’. Available here

Victorian Treaty Process 

For information on the Victorian Treaty process, visit First People’s Assembly of Victoria here

Worship Resources 

Assembly Doctrine and Liturgy resources that include covenanting are available here

Common Grace worship resources are available here

Truth Telling: Colonial Frontier Massacres Map
(Warning: Please exercise discretion as the information and content contained is confronting). 

The University of Newcastle is currently engaged in a project to identify every known frontier massacre in Central and Eastern Australia between 1788 and 1930 that can be verified with corroborating evidence. For more information on this project, visit the website

To view the interactive map detailing identified massacres in central and Eastern Australian, visit the website 

Anglican Church    

A Voice in the Wilderness, a response to the Statement from the Heart. Available here