Momentum is building as people across the Uniting Church prepare to take part in the Global Climate Action on Friday 20 September.
UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has invited Uniting Church members to show their support for the Climate Action as an expression of our commitment to address the devastation of our environment and our active participation towards God’s renewal and healing of all creation.
Uniting Church members joined a thousand people gathered outside Parliament House on its first day of sitting calling for stronger action on climate change.
More than 25 Uniting Church members from eight Uniting Church congregations in Canberra, as well as further afield, joined with people from across the country asking Australia’s political leaders do more about climate change.
One message resounded for me at the recent Inspiracy Festival in Newcastle - if we want to solve the climate crisis, it starts with a change of mind.
The Festival was held in Newcastle from 17-20 May, organised by a group of passionate people who share an interest in justice, spirituality, music and art.
Hosted at Adamstown and Merewether Uniting Churches, the Festival brought these interests together with a diverse program, including a film competition, workshops, talks, artistic installations and musical performances.
Participants travelled from across the country coming from different denominations and backgrounds.
Theologian Dr Dianne Rayson introduced the idea of the Anthropocene – a new geological age in which human activity is the dominant influence on the earth.
The Talanoa4Climate initiative was launched at Strathfield Uniting Church to plan faith communities’ next public action for climate justice.
A "talanoa" in Pacific languages is an opportunity to talk and share stories together.
The state and national councils of the Uniting Church in Australia will officially support the People's Climate Marches taking place around Australia and the world in November.
“I’m delighted that our Church is getting behind this important global campaign,” said Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has expressed disappointment at the low greenhouse gas emissions reduction target announced by the Federal Government today.
Mr McMillan said the Government’s proposal to reduce emissions up to 28% of 2005 levels by 2030 is weaker than the minimum recommendation of national and international climate bodies such as the Climate Change Authority and the IPCC.
The Uniting Church in Australia welcomes Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si (Canticle of the Sun) and will be praying for Australian leadership on climate change.
Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney, President of the Uniting Church in Australia said, “It is timely and encouraging to have a global church leader speak so unequivocally about the human causes of destructive climate change.