voice.treaty.truth

supporting the uluru statement from the heart

“We urge Baptist churches and affiliated Baptist agencies to make space in their 2023 calendar to familiarize themselves with the Uluru Statement from the Heart, to be prayerful about the issues it raises, to facilitate informed discussion on the proposal for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, and to map out how they will take up the invitation from First Nations sisters and brothers to walk together towards a more just future .”

National Council, Baptist  Churches of Australia

 

Learn About the Uluru Statement

Listen

First Nations film maker Rachel Perkins discusses the Uluru Statement in three 25 minute talks (the 2019 Boyer lectures)

Lecture 1
Lecture 2
Lecture 3

Read

Everything You Need to Know About the Uluru Statement from the Heart by Megan Davis & George Williams. 

RECOMMENDED READING (PDF)

Visit

First Nations led campaigns to raise awareness of, and support for, the Uluru Statement.

Uluru Dialogue
From the Heart

Personal or Group Study

A Voice in the Wilderness is an 8 part guide to the Uluru Statement designed for personal discovery or small group discussion. It uses Indigenous art, historical notes, video clips, stories, biblical texts and prayers to help users/participants understand the Uluru Statement from the Heart, why it matters, and how they might respond.

It can be accessed online, downloaded (PDF file), or purchased in print format. A leaders guide is also available.

Published by the Anglican Board of Mission.

ORDER/DOWNLOAD

Some Important Dates

Change the Heart Prayer Service

Week leading up to Jan 26

Join Christian First Nations leaders in lament for the injustices experienced by First Nations and in petition for change in our hearts.

National Reconciliation Week

May 27-Jun 3

This is “a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.” (Reconciliation Australia). A great opportunity to incorporate this into your worship and to encourage congregation members to join in local events.

NAIDOC Week

Week starting First Sunday in July

A week “to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples” (NAIDOC website). Another opportunity to incorporate this into your worship and to encourage congregation members to join in local events

Some Other Resources

Sharing Our Stories

A Four Part Small Group Program

A small group discussion tool that employs video, biblical reflection and discussion questions to help participants consider the impacts of history on First Nations people since colonisation. Provided by Australians Together.

The First Australians

A Seven Part Documentary 

A 7-part documentary series by First Nations film-maker Rachel Perkins exploring the impacts of colonisation on Australia’s First Nations. Available through SBS On Demand.

Incarceration Nation

A Documentary

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are the most incarcerated people on earth. In this 1.5 hour documentary First Nations people, experts and academics tell the story. Available through SBS On Demand.

Some Helpful Websites

From the Heart

“From the Heart is a campaign for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament that is enshrined in the Constitution. It is now time for The Australian people to come together through a referendum and make this fair and practical change.”

Uluru Dialogue

“The Uluru Dialogue is bound to the sentiment of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its ambitions for a better Australia for everyone. We are committed to seeing a constitutionally recognised First Nations Voice and the establishment of a Makarrata Commission to oversee a process of agreement-making and truth-telling…The Uluru Dialogue is based at the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Sydney. “

Australians Together

“By listening to the voices of First Nations people, we help non-Indigenous people learn the true story of our shared history, understand how it’s still having an impact today and imagine new ways to live together more respectfully.”

Common Grace

“Common Grace is an online Australian Christian movement for justice. We exist to inspire and organise Australian Christians to think, speak and act like Jesus for a more just world.”

Change the Record

“We’re Australia’s only First Nations led coalition of legal, health and family violence experts. We campaign to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”