Uniting Eco Group

a grassroots movement within the NSW.ACT Synod

 

Uniting Eco Group

 

Help seed fund our Creation and Climate Justice Coordinator role! (Application info below)

As followers of Christ, we are called to care for Creation. 

In 2013, “Uniting Earth Ministry” was set up by Uniting Eco Group, the Mid North Coast Presbytery and the Synod to build capacity in the Uniting Church in NSW/ACT in relation to environmental and ecological matters. Two paid positions supported this work centring discipleship, theological insights and the gospel, and acting as advocates on both broad and local issues. Initially funded by Uniting Mission and Education, the work was wide-ranging, collaborative and focused both on city and rural areas.  It included education, resource development, social networking, community organising, activism, pastoral care, and collaboration with networks within and beyond the Uniting Church. The positions were later moved to Uniting, seeing a greater focus on advocacy. 

However, in 2020, these two positions were made redundant. Although Uniting continues to campaign strongly on climate change, the deep theological grounding of Uniting Earth Ministry and the breadth of its work was lost. 

In response, members of Uniting Eco Group, the former Uniting Earth Ministry reference group, Christian Students Uniting and other members of the Uniting Church, alongside Common Grace’s ecumenical community, decided to take action and start a grassroots campaign to fund a Creation and Climate Justice Coordinator role, working across the Christian churches. This role, hosted by Common Grace, is collaborative and complementary to the climate change advocacy work of Uniting. We invite you to join us on this journey and donate if you are able, so that we can re-centre our increasingly important calling to care for Creation, pursue climate justice and build a movement across the Christian communities in these lands now called Australia. 

For more information on this exciting initiative, please see the attached documents:

– Instructions for how to donate to this ministry

A position description for the Common Grace Creation and Climate Justice Coordinator role

 

About UEG

 

The Uniting Eco Group (UEG) is a sub-group of Uniting Earthweb members. The UEG promotes ecological reflection and action within and through various initiatives in and of the church, as central to Christian faith and practice.

 

The UEG is established to facilitate the strengthening and development of ecological initiatives in the Uniting Church through:

 

  • fostering and sharing theological reflection on God’s creation and the role of the church in participating in its healing and renewal
    the cross-fertilisation of ideas and sharing of information and expertise
  • the development of new skills and methodology in environmental sustainability in and through the church within and across the church’s worship witness and service
  • contributing to the formulation of Synod public policy on environment/ecology
  • supporting efforts that seek to reach and/or collaborate with non-church organisations and activities
  • fostering liaison between the congregational-based initiatives, presbyteries and official Synod structures

 

The UEG’s purpose is to foster collaboration. It is not a decision-making body of the church, i.e. it does not speak on behalf of the church and/or authorise church policy. The group relates to the formal structures of the Uniting Church in NSW.ACT through ad hoc arrangements

 

The UEG’s remit is matters concerning ecological integrity, which includes but is not limited to: degradation and depletion of water, land, air and other material resources; climate change and its social justice implications; sustainable farming and food production; and biodiversity conservation.

 

You can join our closed facebook group here

 

 

 

 

Black Summer

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Climate Emergency Summit 2020

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Peoples Climate Assembly

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Fossil Fuel Divestment

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No land sale for coal expansion

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