Ecofaith on Air - The Reformation and ecology: 500 years on
Join the panel as we discuss the impact of the Reformation and Reformation thinking on ecology and the environment over the last 500 years.
Public Lecture: Defiant earth: the fate of humans in the Anthropocene with Prof Clive Hamilton
Wednesday 3 May 7:30 pm
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Blackall St (corner Kings Ave), Barton, ACT
Clive Hamilton is professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and author of a number of influential books.
He will discuss his new book Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene, asking why all ethics fail in the new epoch brought on by human neglect and rapaciousness. He argues that all conventional ethical ideas based on what are and how we relate to the Earth fail in the face of the Anthropocene. We must rethink
humans and the Earth, but where do we start?
Chair: Bishop George Browning
Organised by Christians for an Ethical Society: www.ces.org.au
ARRCC Adani Action
Monday May 8th
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is very concerned about the support being given by governments and banks for the largest ever Australian coalmine planned by the Adani Company in the Galilee Basin in Queensland. Many of us are working to prevent the mine project from going ahead. After months of challenging Westpac, since Friday April 28 we are enjoying the success of seeing Westpac rule out providing finance for the mine. See http://www.arrcc.org.au/stop_galilee_coal
The current plan is to nonetheless go ahead and meet outside of Westpac at 9 am May 8, 275 Kent St in the Sydney CBD. We will first celebrate the campaign win, then walk to the next corporate target (yet to be revealed). It would be most helpful to have people of faith present, and clergy would be especially welcome for symbolic reasons. I’m asking clergy to please come in clerical gear. Media will be especially interested that people of faith are part of it and it's not just "greenies" who are taking action.
Part of the time, ARRCC anticipates people of faith simply participating. We envisage also praying part of the time, and praying silently or meditating part of the time. This will be genuine, not a stunt.
Meet the Participants: Kiribati Australia Tuvalu Exchange Program (KATEP)
Tuesday 9th May
11am - 1:30pm, Level 2, Rm 6, 222 Pitt Street, Sydney
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday 5th of May.
Hear firsthand the moving stories of four young people from Kiribati and Tuvalu about the devastating impact of climate change. Learn how we and the UCA can be voices for change in Australia through our ongoing advocacy care for the environment.
Hosted by Uniting World and Uniting Mission and Education.
Thursday, May 11th
6 - 8.30pm AEST, various locations.
The ARRCC AGM in Sydney will start with a meal, with people also joining via Zoom from Adelaide (starting at 5.30pm), Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart. You’re encouraged to come to one of the gatherings if you can. Each group is meeting for an hour beforehand to share a meal - if there’s interest. Bring a small plate of food to share.
We look forward to our guest speaker, Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, who is speaking on “To protect and work with the earth” - a rabbinic approach to environmental protection with regard to mining in the Galilee Basin, with Thea Ormerod assisting with Q & A.
The AGM proper starts at 7.30pm AEST
Eco-Sermon Competition: Entries due 22 May
You have to be in it to win it!
We now have some fantastic prizes on offer for our category winners, including a weekend getaway and prize packs full of exciting eco goods!
To win, make sure you send us your best 8 minute eco-sermon, along with 4 discussion questions, as soon as possible...
Faith and Ecology Network Prayer Vigil
Monday 22nd of May 4:30pm - 6pm
Town Hall Square, George Street Sydney
On the International Day for Biological Diversity, people of all faiths or none are invited to gather at this peaceful event to reflect on damage to Earth's systems and the extinction of species.
The vigil will include silence, prayer, meditation, chanting and singing, embracing messages of respect, thanksgiving, joy, lament, help, courage, forgiveness and healing.
Or visit: www.faithecology.net.au
Forest Church Information Evening
Saturday 27th May
We have had a few people expressing curiosity about Forest Church and wanting to hear more. If this sounds like you, please feel free to join us for some warm conversation around the fire pit under the stars on Saturday May 27. We will be exploring what Forest Church is and inviting questions. Everyone is welcome, no matter where you find yourself on your spiritual journey. I will PM the full address details to those attending.
For more info and to RSVP visit the Facebook Event Page
2017 Regional Environment Conference
June 3-4 Lithgow Uniting Church
The 2017 Regional Environment Conference, jointly hosted with the Lithgow Environment Group, will be held at the Lithgow Uniting Church on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. The conference will include a full day program on the Saturday, a conference dinner on the Saturday night and two optional field trips and a lunch on the Sunday.
The aims of the regional conference are to:
• Provide an opportunity for networking between NCC members, executive, staff, representatives and local conservationists;
• Provide an opportunity for information sharing, skills development and collaborative planning on key policy and campaign issues; and
• Strengthen working relationships between existing NCC members and to provide an opportunity for potential members to learn more about our work.
You can register online here:
'Preach Off' event for the Eco-Sermon Competition
Monday 5th of June - World Environment Day 2017
6pm for a 6:30pm start, UTC North Parramatta
Join us as our Eco-Sermon Competition competitors face off in the ultimate "preach off"!
Enjoy great sermons, meet others interested in eco-theology and share discussion and nibbles.
Entry by gold coin donation.
Massive Ecumenical Community Climate Petition- can you help?
We are looking for more people to collect signatures from their churches for this very important 150 electorate national petiton for the future of our climate.
It only takes 5 - 10 mins in a service to hand some clipboards around to collect signatures, and you might like to join the many UC congregations who are planning to do this on Sunday 4th of June, as part of celebrating World Environment Day with their communities.
What on Earth are you up to?
When you engage with any of the items we bring you each month, we'd love to hear a little bit about it: we may be able to use it to inspire others to take action. The same goes for others activities which we haven't mentioned yet.
Have a Talanoa for climate justice
The UCA team is keen to facilitate a Talanoa in your community, exploring actions for climate justice. All you need to do is get a group together! Read the Assembly article, follow Talanoa4Climate on FB and see a highlights video #congregations #action #climate
Five Leaf Eco-Awards Survey - find out if your church is eligible for an environmental award!
Small or large, let us know what your church has done for the environment so we can support your ongoing journey.
Visit the Five Leaf Eco-Awards website and click on the "Survey" button to complete.
Australian Ethical Community Grants
Our community grants program provides financial support to not-for-profit organisations that contribute to humanitarian, environmental and animal welfare efforts in Australia and abroad.
If you work for an organisation that protects or enhances people, animals or the planet, this is for you. Our grants of $10,000 and $20,000 enable you to make a bigger impact.
More information here: https://www.australianethical.com.au/community-grants/
Community Landcare Grants
Grants of $5,000 - $30,000 over 18 months are now available for community groups, including Landcare and other environmental groups, as well as landholders in the Greater Sydney region.
Applications open Monday 1st May 2017 and close Monday 5th June 2017.
Projects must align with at least one of the Strategic Objectives developed for the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme:
- Projects that aim to maintain and improve ecosystem services through sustainable management of local and regional landscapes. Activities funded may include weed and pest control, bush regeneration, erosion management, fencing, plant propagation and revegetation, actions that protect for threatened species, development of management plans, community participation and engagement activities and training that contribute to the protection and restoration of ecosystem function, resilience and biodiversity.
- Projects that aim to build community awareness, participation, skills and knowledge in caring for their environment, including Aboriginal knowledge and participation. Activities funded may include the delivery of workshops, training courses, awareness raising events, booklets, signage, media and other activities designed to build awareness, improve skills and knowledge and/or promote the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity.