General Secretary, Rev Dr Mark Lawrence recently advised of a Synod resolution at the July meeting – relating to the Church’s support for the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, resolved (S188.8.131.52):
(a) To support the 2017 Statement from the Heart made at Uluru as a consensus position of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across Australia as the preferred pathway towards reconciliation, and urge the Commonwealth Government to implement:
(i) The establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution to empower First Peoples to have a greater say in policy and legislation which governs their affairs and, in so doing, improve their autonomy and prosperity;
(ii) The establishment of a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations, and provide a means for truth-telling about the history of Australia’s First Peoples.
(b) To commend the Statement from the Heart to congregations, presbyteries and agencies for prayerful engagement and discussion;
(c) To advise the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition of this Synod’s resolution.
You will see that clause (b) of the resolution commends congregations, presbyteries UCA agencies across the Synod to prayerful discussion regarding this crucial matter within the Australian community. The Statement from the Heart is found here and you are urged to support its implementation in any way you can.
At the recent Garma festival, a youth forum of young indigenous people have developed The Imagination Declaration for the Prime Minister and Education Ministers across Australia. It speaks of a positive initiative for their future. More can be seen on https://aimementoring.com/story/the-imagination-declaration .