12th Assembly 2009

Congress & Indigenous Affairs

Congress to rebuild from spiritual roots

During the triennial National Conference of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, meeting in Perth June 30 to July 9, members explored the book of Nehemiah — a story about a man who was responsible for the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem and who led the people out of broken-ness into hope. Now the new chair and deputy chair of Congress, the Rev. Ken Sumner and Roberta Stanley, have the role of leading Congress as they begin their own process of transformation.

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Indigenous policies condemned

The national Assembly of the Uniting Church has heard an impassioned call for the immediate end to the federal Intervention in the Northern Territory.

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Covenant celebrated, grief reaffirmed

Assembly 2009’s first full business day began with a moving celebration of the Covenant between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous branches of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Confidence in Congress kids

“Where there is hope, we can create dreams. And now there is this hope.”

Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Congress Ken Sumner shared his encouragement at the enthusiasm of young Indigenous people for their culture and their faith.

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Watershed period in Indigenous affairs

“There comes a time in the history of nations when their peoples must become fully reconciled to their past if they are to go forward with confidence to embrace their future. Our nation, Australia, has reached such a time.

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God now talks stronger in Indigenous languages

“What we are talking about is extremely important. This is God’s word we are talking about. I would hope it is important in the eyes of the Assembly.”

The Rev. Rronang Garruwurra from Elcho Island was speaking in Sydney at a Friday lunchtime forum during the national Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia.

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Support for Nungalinya College

“Nungalinya is like a holy or sacred place for us. We think about it with reverence.”

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Congress representation at Assembly to increase

The number of Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress representatives at Assembly will increase from six to 16 following an Assembly decision on July 19.

Intervention condemned

Decisions made on the final day of the Uniting Church’s triennial Assembly meeting will strengthen the voice of the church in opposition to the controversial Intervention into Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

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