A Destiny Together

A Destiny Together

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In July 2012 in Adelaide, the members of the 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church listened to members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) tell stories about the effects of the Federal Government’s ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation…


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In July 2012 in Adelaide, the members of the 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church listened to members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) tell stories about the effects of the Federal Government’s ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation (and the ‘Intervention’ before that) on their lives and their communities.

The Assembly members were very moved by the stories of harm and exclusion and responded in two ways. The first was to ‘down tools’ and make a silent procession through the streets to the South Australian Parliament to pray and sing in a public vigil of lament. The second was to adopt a resolution calling on the Church to engage in a week of prayer and fasting for justice for the First Peoples.

The week, set down for 17-23 March 2014, will include a public prayer vigil outside Parliament House in Canberra, to be held on Tuesday 18 March and to be led by the UAICC Chairperson and the President. It is hoped that many Uniting Church members will come to Canberra to be a part of this historic public witness to justice and reconciliation. Presbyteries and congregations are also encouraged to plan local vigils during the week and special services on the Sunday.

The heart of the week will be a nationwide movement of Uniting Church individuals, small groups and congregations exercising a daily practice of prayer and fasting. Worship materials and resources to support these activities are being producing, with UnitingJustice Australia working with Congress to plan the week.

To find out more visit assembly.uca.org.au/adestinytogether

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