• “Leard“All kinds of trees”
    Leard Forest retreat and awareness raiser
    Dinner Tues 1st – breakfast Fri 4th September


    Brought to you by Uniting Earth Ministry, Wando Environmental and Cultural Centre, NSW Eco-Mission and ARRCC. 

    All people of good will are welcome to this two-day program of reflection, prayer, contemplation and discussion. Children are welcome to participate. The Moderator of the Uniting Church, NSW/ACT, Myung Hwa Park is coming. You should too!  More info.

  • ecofaith on the air mugshots

    Tune in to our ongoing conversation on the connections between ecology and faith, and join in online. 9pm Wednesdays, EST, on 2bbb.net.au and facebook.

    "Ecofaith on the air" alternates between the panel discussion one week, and Jason holding down the fort with music and interviews in between. Our current panel: Jason John (Uniting Earth Ministry), Miriam Pepper (Uniting Earth Ministry), Mick Pope (meterologist, Ethos), Jacqui Remond (Catholic EarthCare). More info

  • Coal and gas in your community"Coal and Gas in your Community: A Mission Study Guide for Congregations" is now available

    The Guide has been produced by Uniting Earth Ministry to help churches engage in mission in the context of proposed coal and unconventional gas (coal seam gas, shale gas, tight gas) projects. It is a response to congregations asking for help with resources to understand and respond to the significant increase in mining projects across NSW in recent years.  Access the resource.

  • 2014-sunset-bonville-jjloresSeason of Creation 2015

    The Season of Creation is only a few months away, and we are collecting new video sermons and resources.  In the meantime, you can still access resources from past years, including the sermons and stories of the church in action.All can be used for free with acknowledgment for worship or personal use.

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About Uniting Earthweb

Uniting Earthweb is a network of Uniting Church people within NSW and the ACT who work for a greater connection between ecology and Christian faith and practice, including through theological study, the arts, worship, and practical projects and campaigns.

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Church stories

How are congregations participating in God's reconciliation and renewal of creation?  Churches share their stories about taking action in words and pictures.  Includes community gardens, outdoor worship, solar panels, community events, water tanks, energy efficicency and more.

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Ideas for getting started

In your church and community
Practical ideas for taking action in your church or community – from worship resources, tools to help you reduce the ecological footprint of your buildings, through to community project ideas and advocacy suggestions.

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Saturday July 4, Bellingen: How Green is God workshop

Event name: Workshop: How Green is God?

Details: A fast paced tour of some of the scriptures and other traditions within Judaism, Christianity and Islam which ought to lead their followers into a positive, sustainable relationship with Earth. In a country in which 75% of people claim a religious affiliation, here are some useful tools for "ecological conversion," for yourself or others. Stay to chat over lunch if you like. Brought to you by Uniting Earth Ministry, as part of Bellingen LeaF (Learning Festival). 

Date/time: Saturday July 4, 2015, 12-1pm

Location: NEW LOCATION Anglican Church, West end of Town by the cenotaph (formerly Little Red Kitchen) Bellingen

Cost: Free

 

 

 

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Sunday July 5, Bellingen: Ecofaith outdoor church gathering

Event name: Gathering: Ecofaith Outdoor "Church"

Details: Get outside and connect with the Spirit of Life: the ancient God of this evolving planet. Personal but not human, as much female as male. God beyond us, one with us, and within and amongst us and all creatures. A time of input, sharing and reflection open to all people.  Brought to you by Uniting Earth Ministry, as part of Bellingen LeaF (Learning Festival). 

Date/time: Sunday July 5, 2015, 10-11am

Location: Uniting Church, Bellingen

Cost: Free

More info: To get an idea of the kinds of event this is, visit the page of the Bellingen Ecofaith Community.

Here's links to the resources used on the day:

“God is a River” by Peter Mayer. He has a bunch of wonderful songs, and sheet music for some. http://www.petermayer.net/

“Starfish” by Matt Henry. Matt has edited works on creation spirituality and is very involved in their online community, whilst directing a Christian ecological camp in the USA with Shana Henry. Plenty of his music incl lyrics and online streaming is at http://paintedguitar.com Our opening prayer was his song, “finding you.”

The gospel reading was Matthew 6 (there is another version in Luke). An easy-read online bible with study notes is http://lumina.bible.org, a scholarly one with detailed notes is http://blueletterbible.org

The “paradoxical commandments” were written in the 60s by Kent Keith, he has more books including “Jesus did it anyway” and “have faith anyway” at http://www.paradoxicalchristians.com/

Kathy Gibbings is a local songwriter and recently launched a new CD under “Relativity” with Toni Lawson and others. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Buy her CD from the Bello video shop.

 

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September 1-4: "all kinds of trees" retreat/exposure visit to Leard forest

“All kinds of trees”

Leard Forest retreat and awareness raiser

 

Brought to you by UnitingEarth, The Wilderness Society  and EcoMission NSW.

Dinner Tuesday 1st Sep – breakfast Fri 4th

 

All people of good will are welcome to this two-day program of reflection, prayer, contemplation and discussion.  Children are welcome to participate. The moderator of the Uniting Church, NSW/ACT, Myung Hwa Park is coming.  You should too!

Including sunrise prayers; worship in the cathedral of an endangered woodland, with prayers led by Uncle Neville Samson and Myung Hwa Park; a bushwalk with local ecologists; lunch along the Therribri stock route and a visit to the edge of the Maules Creek mine.

We will hear from locals, reflect with each other, and have options for either more theological input, or quiet private contemplation.

There and back again

Train

Join Miriam Pepper on the NSW Train Link train which leaves Central Station at 9:29 am on Tuesday September 1st, via the Hunter, to arrive at Boggabri at 4:52 pm, and we will get you to your accommodation.   

Return first thing Friday morning (departs Boggabri 9:47 am) and be back in Sydney at 4:38 pm.

We will put details for a group booking here asap so yo ucan travel up together (we are aiming for June 1st)

 

Car

Either get to Boggabri by 5 pm Tuesday and meet up with the train people, or else follow this link  .

Accommodation

You can camp free at Wando farm you can be part of the late night campfire chats.  Some on site tents will be available, details to come.

Otherwise we can provide a billet with local families, which will give you a deeper insight into their experiences of place. 

Finally, there is accommodation at Narrabri, about 25km away, if you can get yourself there and back each morning and night.

RSVP/contacting us

Details will be updated as soon as possible, for contact and RSVPs.  For now, put it in your diary!

 

Why hold a retreat out in the middle of nowhere?

This event is a retreat, not a protest event or rally, but the following links give some of the history of why religious people have seen the need to get involved in actions in the local area, and a bit of the broader context of the clash between traditional custodians, farmers, forest protectors, and the coal mine.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/faith-and-science-combine-as-religious-leaders-join-fight-for-maules-creek-20140312-34m6h.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-03/whitehaven-warned-to-respect-gomeroi-tradition/5716074

http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/features/the-whitehaven-maules-creek-saga-the-gomeroi-peopl

http://www.arrcc.org.au/maules-creek-why-people-of-faith-should-get-involved

http://wilderness.org.au/leard-state-forest-and-maules-creek

http://frontlineaction.org/religious-leaders-block-access-to-maules-creek-mine-site/