February 29, 2020

The 3 pages below invite us to take an action on each day of Lent to modify our ways of doing things in order to lighten our environmental footprints and lead towards a carbon neutral future.

The Care for Creation team of the Catholic Parish of St Dennis, Madison, in the US State of Wisconson, has put together this Carbon Fast for 2020.

February 28, 2020

An ecumenical and interfaith prayer vigil for Climate Healing will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 . from 6.00pm to 800pm at Karrawirra Peace Park, North Adelaide, opposite the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on Sir Edwin Smith Avenue, near the Sri Chinmoy plaque.

We will gather at the North end of Karrawirra (Park 12).

Please gather either at a place in the city which is representative of your faith communities at 5.30pm, then make your way to the Peace Park or go directly to the Peace Park opposite the Women’s and Children’s Hospital,

From there we will walk quietly, perhaps with candles or lights, to a spot on the north bank of the river, Karrawirra Park 12, meeting at 6pm.

Each community is invited to bring a flask of water, symbolizing our connection with the divine according to our own traditi...

December 9, 2019

Are you concerned about climate change?  Do you enjoy singing?

Come and join a special event by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) and the UCA Environmental Action Group.

It is a call to GHD, an engineering company and major player in the Adani mine saga – to ‘build our future NOT Adani’s mine’.

So on Thurs and Friday 12th & 13th December from 8-9AM (each day) Carols Against Coal will be sung outside GHD’s entrance on Victoria Square as part of a national ARRCC strategy to support climate action.

November 22, 2019

As I write, 'unprecedented' fires in the Eastern States of Australia in November 2019 have been burning for days.  They are likely to continue for weeks yet. They have already burnt out more than 1m hectares.  Lives have been lost, livelihoods disrupted and homes destroyed.

In the previous three northern hemisphere late summers, California has experienced devastating fires.  Bill McKibben has recently written that so serious has the situation become, that parts of California may well have become uninhabitable. (McKibben) He notes that already, some large cities in Asia and the Middle East are approaching the point where they will become uninhabitable due to extreme heat.  In other places, every high tide event washes through living rooms.

Animal species are going extinct at a rate that is...

November 18, 2019

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
which was brought upon me…

Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions;
they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes,
but have seen oracles for you that are false and misleading. 

Greta Thunberg:
People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

Lamentations:
When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot, 
when human rights are perverted in the presence of the Most High, 
when one’s case is subverted —does the Lord not see it? 
Why should any who draw breath complain about the punishment of their sins? 
...

October 24, 2019

The World Council of Churches has released an invitation to Congregations, Communities and Churches to be a part of a pilgrimage – an international and ecumenical movement of transformative faith.


"The way we interact with the economy and creation – not only as individuals, but also as congregations, communities, and churches – is strongly connected with our faith convictions."


A roadmap towards a just and sustainable community can be downloaded at:

https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/roadmap-for-congregations-communities-and-churches-for-an-economy-of-life-and-ecological-justice-pdf-for-home-printing


The roadmap suggests simple, but effective, responses that may lead to our committing to make changes in the way we live, to share successful ideas and to encourage one another. It is an excellent...

October 24, 2019

Featuring eco-theologian, author, and TEDx speaker, Rev. Michael Dowd, ProFuture Faith is a dynamic eight-session DVD and internet-based course that bridges the gap between head and heart, science and faith.

The basic format for each 1 – 1½ hour session includes conversation around the readings, a 20-minute video presentation and guided discussion. Purchase of ProFuture Faith Curriculum Edition includes a one-year renewable license to use the downloadable/printable participant reader and facilitator guide.

Part 1 — Coming Home to Reality (4 sessions)

  1. Un-Trivializing God — Reality as Thou — (20 min)

  2. The Purpose of Religion and Necessity of Science — (20 min)

  3. The Epic of Evolution — A Cosmic Timeline — (20 min)

  4. Thus Sayeth Reality — What is Inevitable; What is Needed — (20 min)

Par...

September 5, 2019

Conserving the Natural World – for its own sake or for ours?

We have just returned from spending time with family on Christmas Island.  Two thirds of the island is a National Park, the responsibility of Parks Australia.  It's a small island (19km by 14km), most of which is covered by monsoonal forest and it is home to several endemic plant and animal species.  Since human settlement in the late 19th century some species have already become extinct.  Several of the animal species are on the endangered list.  One of these, the Christmas Island flying fox, the last remaining native mammal, is an important pollinator and rainforest seed-disperser.  Without the fruit bat, the forest may be endangered. They are the subject of constant monitoring. Two bird species are also endangered (Abbott's boobie and...

August 7, 2019

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Deidre Palmer, has released a statement relating to the Global Climate Action on September 20, 2019, inviting 'members of the Uniting Church in Australia and all who share in our hope for the healing of the Earth', to participate.

The full statement (less than a page) can be viewed at: 
https://unitingchurchsa.cmail20.com/t/j-l-mdueyd-jtkujjhkj-a/

July 19, 2019

What if, when the Uniting Church in South Australia meets later this year, the Synod were to adopt a proposal that stated: “We accept that global conditions have now reached a state that warrants declaring a Climate Emergency”.  Just more words?  Or a stimulus for us to wake up and begin taking appropriate action?

In June 2019 the Pope declared a 'climate emergency'.  Sixteen countries have done it (including the UK, Ireland and Canada ).  World-wide hundreds of local governments have done it. In Australia more than 25 local authorities, including the Cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga and the Australian Capital Territory have made such a declaration.

Why would we even consider bringing such a proposal to the Synod?  Isn't this the role of governments?  Why would the church do this?...

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The EAG Environmental Symposium was held Oct 17, 2015 in Playford Uniting Church. The key note address was delivered by Trevor Powell...

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