“It will not be a surprise to anyone who knows Chris that in this book he 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


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part One:  Invasion/ Settlement, Sovereignty and our Stories
Chapter One:  The Story that Sustains a Nation
Chapter Two:  Asking some Questions about Claims to Sovereignty    
Chapter Three:  The Church’s Story in the Midst of the Colony
Part Two:  The Contours of our Faith
Chapter Four:  God, Covenant, Creation and Icon
Chapter Five: The Promise of Salvation
Chapter Six:  Learning about Life from Jesus
Part Three:  What can we do about Sovereignty?
Chapter Seven:  Some Things we can do
Appendix: Statement from the Heart
Works cited


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Budden is a Minister of the Uniting Church who has worked with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress for the last five years. He has written extensively on contextual and public theology, and is author of Following Jesus in Invaded Space: Doing Theology on Aboriginal Land (Pickwick Publications).





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