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Written by Jennifer Mahoney   
Wednesday, 15 November 2006


Committee Convenor:        Ms Debbie Carstens

Committee Members:       Ms Cherice Anquetil

                                                Ms Laura Baird

                                                Pastor Steve Bevis

                                                Rev Jenny Burns

                                                Mr Ross Edmonds 

                                                Mr Doug Hewitt

                                                Ms Heather Price

                                                Mr Michael Scowcroft

                                                Rev Keith Weavers


Ex-officio:    Presbytery Chairperson, Presbytery Secretary

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Click here for Letter from Presbytery Chairperson, Rev Warwick Cadenhead to Prime Minister Abbott.



A valuable & informative Report from UNHCR -

icon UNHCR 2013 Global Trends Report



Choosing Eden by Adrienne Langman  icon Choosing Eden - Book Review

The Dharma of Jesus  by George M. Soares-Prabhu  icon The Dharma of Jesus - Book Review

Campfires & Wellsprings in Surprising Places by Anne Mcpherson & Peter Millar   icon Book Review - Campfires & Wellsprings


UNITINGJUSTICE - An Economy of Life  icon An Economy of Life



A list of John Bell Resources & where to source them  icon Resources from John Bell



Notes compiled by Rev Neil Smith on an article by Walter Bruegge mann  icon From Anxiety and Greed to Milk and Honey



1/    INTRODUCTION:  A Leap of Faith to a New Spiritual Home   icon Progressive Christianity - Sermon 1

2/    SPIRITUAL VITALITY:  Open Hearts, Open Minds   icon Progressive Christianity - Sermon 2

3/    INTELLECTUAL INTEGRITY:  Believable Faith   icon Progressive Christianity - Sermon 3

4/    JUSTICE AND ECOLOGY:  Does It Matter?   icon Progressive Christianity - Sermon 4

5/    VITALITY WITHOUT SUPERIORITY:  From Arrogance to Humility   icon Progressive Christianity - Sermon 5

6/    GENDER AND SEXUALITY:  Radical Equality   icon Progressive Christianity - Sermon 6



On Saturday 8th March, 2008 the Season of Creation was introduced at an Event held at Jesmond Park Uniting Church.

Here is the Overview Report on Greening The Church generated from that day:   icon Greening The Church - Overview Report

See below for the Theological Background to the Season of Creation.

Theological Background to the Season of Creation:

There is a growing concern in Christian communities about the ecological crisis, and the way we human beings are treating God's earth.  An effective way to focus on these concerns is through worship.  By concentrating on our own relationship with God's creation, we can seek ways to heal rather than exploit his handiwork.  For several years Australian churches have been observing September as the Season of Creation.

In the seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Easter we celebrate the life of Christ.  Then, in the season of Pentecost, we recognise the coming of the Holy Spirit, Now, in the Season of Creation we have an opportunity to celebrate the work of God the Creator.  In those congregations that observe the whole month of Creation, there is a different theme each Sunday.  In 2008 these themes will be Forest, Land, Outback and River.  The readings, prayers and hymns all concentrate on the theme for each Sunday.

In many Christian traditions St Francis of Assisi Day is observed on 4 October, and the Season of Creation culminates in this special feast day.  We remember the influence of St Francis and St Clare on the challenge to Christians to care for God's creation.

This new season in the Christian year gives us an opportunity to express our thanks to God for the wonders of Creation, and to pledge to accept the call to respect all forms of life which God has made.  In this act we commit ourselves to a ministry of healing the earth, as we acknowledge our partnership with the Creator, God. 

For further information see:  



Global Warming -
The Justice Committee recognises global warming as a justice issue, which also demands our participation on the grounds of our stewardship of creation.  We recommend a course of action which strongly supports research into renewable energy such as wind, solar as well as burning of biomass fuels (being carbon neutral) in preference to coal and nuclear energy.  The enormous costs of nuclear power and geosequestration of carbon dioxide from burning coal, not to mention the clear dangers, especially of the former, mitigate against them being any serious part of the answer to global warming.  In summary, among many positive actions, we support:

*    Ratifying of the Kyoto Protocol

*    Introducing carbon pricing

*    Extensive research and development of renewable and biomass technology

*    Improvement to public transport

*    Personal and corporate action to reduce energy consumption and water-saving. 



Petition Against Military Escalation in Iraq
Just when we thought the war in Iraq couldn't get any worse - it has.
President Bush has again rejected reality, spurned the American people's verdict,
and announced his new policy: 
The good news is that the newly elected United States Congress can stop this madness.  
A campaign is being launched immediately to let the Congress hear from global voices -
placing an ad, with the number of signatures to the Petition, in "Roll Call",
an influential political paper sent to every member of the US Congress. 
Click below to see the ad, and sign the petition:
Citizens Climate Campaign - putting Climate change on the political agenda

The aim is to get thousands of ordinary people all over Australia sending a short message every month, by letter or email, to let our government know that climate change is an issue of major concern to the voting public.

Will you make a commitment to send a short message each month, by letter or email, to appropriate politicians?

To make this easy and quick for you to do, you will be sent a short email each month with information on some aspect of climate change, a few points to make in your message and contact details of politicians.  Write your own message or use the suggestions provided.

To join this campaign send an email saying "Yes!" to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
This is a numbers campaign!  Suggest to your friends and networks that they get involved as well!!



Websites of Interest - 
We want to recommend, but not overwhelm with, suggested websites with valuable information on issues of justice, peace and human rights.  The following is our list.  There are many others.

*    Uniting Justice -  

*    Getup Australia -

*    Sojourners -

*    Friends of the Earth -

*    Australia's e-journal of Social and Political Debate -





*    Centre for an Ethical Society -  

*   Progressive Religion as a Transforming Agent -



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