Why Indigenous Sovereignty Should Matter to Christians

Book, 2018, 162 pp
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A theological investigation and overview of why sovereignty and treaty for indigenous Australians are critical to the healing of past wrongs and the role the Christian church played in this history.

"...Chris...poses many deep, thought provoking and challenging questions. Chris challenges the reader and the church to recognise how "the gospel has been misshaped and claimed as a tool of empire". How have we as individuals and as church been socialised to the practices of power and privilege? This wonderful book provides a fresh way of thinking about the just claims of First Nations Peoples which stem from their sovereignty. I commend it as a "must read" for all who would walk in the ways of justice." -- Stuart McMillan, President Uniting Church in Australia

"Out of personal struggle and deep long term relationships, Chris Budden voices questions about our collective identity. He explores our relationships with one another and the Land we inhabit, inviting conversation about who we have been, who we are and who we might become. A must read for anyone who cares about where they live and who they live with." -- Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler, Western Sydney University

"Sovereignty of the First Peoples in the Land, and our relationship with them, these are two dialogical issues shaping our identity as the People of God. Rev Dr Chris Budden has led the Uniting Church in this dialogue again. Contextual theology does not only draw insights from past traditions, but also recognises the lived experience as a source of theology. This is a timely book on Theology of Sovereignty. It calls us to read Australian history through the experience of indigenous communities and invites us to walk together as the First and Second Peoples." -- Rev Dr Ji Zhang, Assembly Theologian in Residence Uniting Church in Australia

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