At BUC, we are mindful that our buildings, indeed our whole culture and society, is built on the dispossession of Aboriginal people – in this case, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.

Since installing the Wurundjeri Acknowledgement Sculpture in 2010, as part of the renovation of our buildings and grounds, we have grown into the regular use of the words of acknowledgement in liturgy and meetings:

“We acknowledge and respect the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, the traditional custodians of this land since time immemorial. We are learning that the land is not ours to own, but to look after; and that if we listen, we may hear in it the calling of the eternal Spirit. Responding to this call, we commit ourselves to work for justice, reconciliation, and care of the earth.”

The vision and mission statement of the Uniting Church in Victoria & Tasmania begins “Following Christ, walking together as First and Second Peoples…”  In this spirit, BUC has formed a “Walking Together” group to learn, reflect, pray and act together on our relationship with First Peoples.

If you’d like to join us, visit our Facebook Group or contact Claire Foley.

Brunswick UC also maintains a connection through volunteers with the Indigenous Hospitality House, a residential community that offers short term accommodation to Aboriginal families needing medical treatment in Melbourne.