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Uniting Earth Ministry

What does it mean to live a faithful life in the present context of our changing awareness of the place of human beings within the whole creation?  How do we “confess the Lord in fresh words and deeds” as this new occasion demands? (Basis of Union, paragraph 11)

The Uniting Earth Ministry is a collaboration of Uniting Mission and Education, the Mid North Coast Presbytery, and the Uniting Earthweb Group, built around a project agreement, and with these aims:

We will know ourselves to be part of God’s mission of the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation over which God in Christ has reasserted claim (Basis of Union, paragraph 3).

We will be identified as a faith community to which people who are passionate or anxious about our ecological future can turn as they explore the spiritual and faith dimensions of their relationship with the rest of creation.

The new Uniting Earth Project capitalises on previous work, but with a reshaped set of priorities.

Rev Dr Jason John is in a 0.5 ministerial placement in the Mid North Coast which will prioritise new expressions of church, and provide action/reflection based educational opportunities for ecologically engaged discipleship and leadership as part of the new Uniting Learning Network. Collaborations will include the UME discipleship resourcing faculty, plus secular educational agents through the Bellingen Ecological Learning Hub.

Dr Miriam Pepper holds a 0.4 lay employee position, based in Sydney, will focus on engaging members of existing congregations in ecologically engaged worship and mission. 

The position descriptions, slightly modified from the project agreement, are as follows.

Uniting Earth Minister

New expressions of church, collaborative education provision and associated resources for use across the church and other partnerships and mentoring those engaged in learning.  Accredited theological education increasing to approximately 10% of the overall placement

 

Uniting Earth Consultant

Enable congregations at a local level; provide information, support UME Resourcing Team and resources for use across the church and other partnerships

Initiate and develop, and support others to initiate, new forms of church, and occasional public events, with a focus on ecologically aware expressions of faith.

Maintain peer relationships with others involved in new expressions of church in the synod

Develop and deliver ecotheological education for mission, in partnership with UTC, Leadership Institute, the Resourcing Team and Bellingen eco learning centre, using an ABCD approach where appropriate.  May also include collaborative education in new forms of church and congregational engagement strategies

Mentor those engaged in learning and developing leadership skills in ecologically engaged ministry.

Develop targeted resources and information for use across the church and other partnerships.

Resource, enable and engage targeted congregations in the MNC to grow their congregations’ self-understanding as part of God’s reconciled and renewed creation, and to give faith based expression to environmental issues they face. 

Engage directly in well informed public theology and prophetic ministry

Facilitate reporting of the project and disseminate learnings about the project to the wider Synod and other potential congregations and partners interested in ecological ministry.

Resource, enable and engage, existing and potential change agents to grow their congregations’ self-understanding as part of God’s reconciled and renewed creation, and to give faith based expression to environmental issues they face. 

Provide information to and support the Resourcing Team as they engage other congregations and partners in ecological ministry ventures.

Develop targeted resources and information for use across the church and other partnerships.

Engage directly in well informed public theology and prophetic ministry.

Facilitate reporting of the project and disseminate learnings about the project to the wider Synod and other potential congregations and partners interested in ecological ministry.