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Information about, and resources for, our new task groups

Our new task groups

Our 2019 UCA NSW/ACT Synod meeting agreed to develop a Synod-wide Climate Action Strategy to reduce carbon emissions across all councils and agencies of the Church and to advocate to Federal, State and local governments to take decisive steps to reduce our emissions nationally.

Five task groups have been established to advance this work (See right and click for to find out how to join, or for more information and resources from the task groups)

All meetings can be attended in person or via Zoom (online).

Alternatively, the groups are:

Advocacy including Cities Power Partnerships

Mass Actions including School Strikes and networking

Synod Agency, Board, School emission reduction

Congregations’ and Members’ emissions reduction

Climate Anxiety and Pastoral Care

 

Advocacy including Cities Power Partnership

This task group will pursue advocacy opportunities for the church, initially focussing on empowering congregations to lobby their local councils to commence or strengthen their committment to the Cities Power Partnership Program.

Mass Actions including School Strikes, and networking

Next planned meeting: Monday 17th of Feb 10:30am – 12:30pm

The NSW.ACT Synod is comitted to supporting your people’s climate action, including the School Strikes.  This task group focuses on mobilising the church to attend mass actions, and buildin gnetworks with other organisations of good will.

Synod Emission Reduction (Uniting, Agencies, Schools)

A special task group made up of leaders within the various agencies and boards of the Synod oversees the emissions of all of the institutional expressions of the church, and will report regulary to the wider church on progress.

Congregations' and Members' Emissions Reduction

Next planned meeting:  Thursday 5th of March, 7pm – 9pm

This task group helps congregations and their members reduce emissions and engage in other work to reduce their impact on the rest of God’s Creation.

Addressing Climate Anxiety and resourcing Pastoral Care

Next planned meeting: Tuesday 12th of Feb, 4pm – 5:30pm

“With more knowledge comes more sorrow.”  Those who open themselves to the truth of climate change confront a range of difficult emotions.  The recent bushfires have increased this for many.  This task group resources the church to tackle “climate anxiety” and offer care to its members and others in the community.

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Prayer during the bushfires

Prayer during the bushfires

Penny Barletta writes, Last night I was preparing to lead prayer in church this morning. I was looking online for something that would address the current bushfire situation. The best I could find caused me to say out loud 'I can't pray this!'. So I wrote something. A...