Sovereignty and Treaty

A brief discussion guide for Uniting Church members by Rev. Dr Chris Budden

The Uniting Church Assembly meeting in July 2015 determined:

that a signifcant priority for its life during the next triennium is to explore with Congress what it would means for the practices of the Church to recognise and affrm that First Peoples are sovereign Peoples. (Minute 15.08a)

Sovereignty is about honouring those who were here frst, and starting to negotiate a new way for us to occupy this land together. It raises many issues and questions, challenging assumptions and beliefs. Maybe if we can name what the issues are for us – what we are curious about, what we fear, what we want to know - we can have a more open conversation.

To read more, download the document: ChrisBudden Sovereignty Paper (101 kb PDF)