A desperate need, and an exciting opportunity, to protect God’s good Creation
We are excited to announce the new Koala Chaplaincy project! Focussed around the area of the proposed Great Koala National Park, the project aims to care for forest defenders, support collaboration between groups working to protect the forests, and advocate for the care of forests to reflect the unceded sovereignty of First Nations Peoples.
Jason John is our new part-time Forest Chaplain, funded by the Quaker Jan de Voogd Peace Fund and the Uniting Church. Jason will provide care and support to forest defenders. He will also help to resource two regular faith gatherings in the Gleniffer area.
Jason will be inducted into his role as Forest Chaplaincy on Sunday February 18. All are welcome to attend. More info.
Vision for the Forest Advocacy Ministry
- For both plantation and native forest compartments within the proposed Great Koala National Park to be assessed for their habitat and connectivity value, and considered for inclusion.
- A rapid end to industrial native forest logging across NSW, including native forest remnants within plantations.
- Increase the involvement of Christians in efforts for forest protection.
- Offer pastoral care and support to forest defenders.
- Acknowledge, encourage and support spiritual connection with the earth/Earth.
We acknowledge that the ministry is on Aboriginal land and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We echo the calls for the care of forests to reflect the unceded sovereignty of First Nations Peoples.
We support the protection of koala habitat and other threatened species habitat in both native forests and plantations.
See also shorter Forest Advocacy Ministry video (2 mins 38 seconds) here.
Help us to support forest friends and defenders on the NSW north coast and engage the wider church in the importance of protecting our forests. The ministry will also provide resources and opportunities to connect with Creation.
Give to our crowdfunder
Give by direct deposit
BSB: 634 634
Account number: 100045736
Account Name: Mid North Coast Presbytery General Account
Reference: Forest Advocate
We direct 10 percent of the ministry’s donations to acknowledging the unceded sovereignty of the Gumbaynggirr People in the region where we have held our activities, and ensure that leaders who share their welcome and wisdom with us are adequately compensated for their time.
Learn more about the ministry
- Read about our goals, activities and plans
- Read articles in Insights magazine:
“Forest ministry advocacy field visit opened my eyes to a wider view of ministry and mission“, and
“Uniting Church’s forest protection pilgrimage brings support to forest defenders“
- Contact us at [email protected]
Become a citizen scientist
Wherever you live, you can join citizen scientists to help to protect remnant native forest inside plantation areas. Help online from your home or in the forests. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.
Write to Premier Chris Minns and ask him to stop the logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park area.
Join or support a local forest friends group - see more info here.
forest defenders and supporters- Jon O’Brien
forest canopy- Phil Dokmanovic
bleeding sap- Jason John
dancing tree- source unknown
citizen scientists- Miriam Pepper
logged stump- Jason John