In an historic move, a group of Australia’s religious leaders have banded together and signed an open letter to the Federal Government, calling for immediate and decisive action on climate change. 

Signed by 31 leaders from various faith groups and organisations, the letter draws specific attention to the communities across the globe facing devastation through climate change, including the small island nations and low lying areas of the Pacific. 

The collaboration coincides with a visit to Australia by Pacific Church leaders, who are deeply concerned about the effects of climate change on the region.  In countries such as Tuvalu, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands, climate change is an urgent issue, with rising sea levels already endangering many of their islands. 

“As people of faith, we affirm the fundamental value of the whole of creation, and assert that the responsibility to safeguard human flourishing and ecological integrity extends beyond economic considerations of costs and benefits,” the letter states. 

The open letter has been facilitated by the independent research organisation, The Climate Institute, and the signatories represent faiths including Christian; Baha’i; Jewish; Muslim; and Hindu.  

All of them are committed to working for ecologically sustainable living and advocating for communities, both in the Pacific and worldwide, affected by climate change.  

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Open Letter from Australian Religious Leaders to the Australian Government 

National Council of Churches in Australia
Level 7, 379 Kent St, Sydney NSW 
8 August 2008

Available for interview 

Mr Fe’iloakitau Kaho Tevi, General Secretary, Pacific Council of Churches
Imam Riad Galil, Chairperson, Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia
Gregor Henderson, President, Uniting Church in Australia

Wednesday, 06 August 2008

A new future for Coolamon

At its meeting over the weekend of July 25 – 27 the Assembly Standing Committee received a report on discussions that had taken place between the Assembly and Parkin Wesley College in South Australia.
Wednesday, 06 August 2008

UCA representatives meet the Pope

Pope2TNMembers of the Uniting Church in Australia have today met with Pope Benedict XVI at a prayer service held in the crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.

Wednesday, 06 August 2008

Code of Ethics questionnaire

You are invited to respond to a one-page questionnaire regarding knowledge and operation of the Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice. Download the Questionnaire.

Wednesday, 06 August 2008

Ministry of Pastor: HR support

Human Resources support materials are now available from each synod, for the Ministry of Pastor. A list of contacts is provided on the Ministry of Pastor page. These Synod contacts can assist employing bodies with HR advice and documentation.