The Uniting Church hopes for a nation which acknowledges the rights of Indigenous Australians as the first people of this land, respects the land on which we live, and is committed to empowering Indigenous people to take control of their own lives and destinies. The Uniting Church is the first church in Australia to constitutionally acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia. The revised preamble to the Uniting Church’s constitution states:
As the Church believes God guided it into union so it believes that God is calling it to continually seek a renewal of its life as a community of First Peoples and of Second Peoples from many land.
At its 7th National Assembly, the Uniting Church formally entered into a relationship of Convenant 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. Read the Uniting Church in Australia (1994), Covenanting Statement.