The week-long Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress’ 2015 National Conference began at Poatina, in Northern Tasmania, on 12 January.
More than 150 delegates from throughout the nation have taken over the former Hydro town located 60 km from Launceston. Delegates have travelled from as far as the tip of Cape York and Arnhem Land to attend the event.
Daily business sessions will be accompanied by bible teachings and workshops at the conference, run under the theme Holy Mountains, Healing People.
Among attendees are 17 participants in the 2015 About FACE program.
About FACE stands for Faith And Cultural Exchange and has been an activity of the Uniting Church in Australia since 1984 with the aim of building meaningful relationships with Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) communities.
It celebrates the Covenant relationship between the Uniting Church in Australia and the UAICC, and encourages participants and those supporting them to be actively involved in Covenanting and working together for reconciliation in the Church and in the wider communities.
This year the ten female and seven male participants – from Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland – were split between the outback South Australian town of Port Augusta, Alice Springs and Ernabella, in the Northern Territory, Lismore, in northern New South Wales, and Grovedale, in Victoria for a week before spending a week at the conference.