First People


We acknowledge that our church gathers on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation.
We recognise the sovereignty of Aboriginal people, who have cared for this land since creation,
and pay our respects to the Wurundjeri elders past and present.

In 2009, the Uniting Church adopted a new preamble to its Constitution which reflects our remorse for past injustices and our commitment to reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples.

“As the Uniting 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 lands.”

At St Michael’s we seek to create opportunities for reconciliation; repenting of the ways that we benefit from past injustice, seeking to be partners in creating a nation in which Indigenous people can take their rightful place. We believe that the call to “Voice, Treaty, Truth” in the Uluru Statement from the Heart charts a way forward.

We commit to educating ourselves about The Voice and to advocating for its passage into legislation in the 2023 referendum.

In our Sunday gatherings, we begin with an Acknowledgement of Country. We mark the Sunday before 26 January as a Day of Mourning, Reconciliation Sunday and NAIDOC week.
Our service on Sunday 2 July celebrated NAIDOC and we share the Contemporary Reading of the service, The Statement from the Heart as spoken by members of St Michael’s congregation.


Uluru Statement from the Heart

Uniting for the Voice

‍As Australians prepare for a referendum towards the end of the year, a new resource on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament is now available for congregations to use and share. It explains how a yes vote in the referendum will give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples a say in matters that affect their lives, and explains why the Uniting Church supports the change that ensures all can live life abundantly.

Resources provided by the UCA Assembly can be found here

Uniting for the Voice – A program for the whole church

In March, Margaret Mayman & Ann Kinnear two Sunday programs ‘Uniting for the Voice ‘ for the St Michael’s congregation.
Uniting for the Voice focused on understanding the Voice as an ethical and theological issue, not a partisan political one.
These education/discussion sessions used resources from the Uniting Church and

Click here to download and read the discussion resources