Jessica Morthorpe is a new Uniting Earth Ministry Consultant, sharing the role with Rev. Dr. Jason John. Together, and as part of the Uniting Mission and Education Resource Team, they will be working to resource the Uniting Church in NSW/ACT to do mission for the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation!
Although born in NSW, Jessica grew up in Victoria, and has recently moved back east from Perth, WA, She is keen to build a picture of what is happening in NSW/ACT churches for the environment as quickly as possible, so please help her out by filling out the Five Leaf Eco-Awards survey or sending her an email anytime.
Also, I would like to remind you of/introduce you to some resources for your church’s eco-journey this year:
A Uniting Church Perspective
See a sample here. Being & Doing Church is a collection of papers, articles and blogs from the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia, edited by Rev Dr Christopher C. Walker.
Available from Mediacom Inc for $24.95 (Ph 1800 811 311), this compendium covers a variety of occasional papers released by the Assembly in recent years. Similar to Building on the Basis and Theology for Pilgrims, Being & Doing Church provides recent thinking by the UCA in one helpful collection.
Stories of faith and courage on the front line
To commemorate the centenary of Gallipoli, Bible Society Australia invites you to be a part of their year-long, national campaign, Their Sacrifice, which is built on stories of faith and courage on the front line.
The campaign aims to show how the Bible is an amazing source of comfort and meaning in times of war, or any other time of crisis.
The Bible Society has created a website resource and touring exhibition. The exhibition will be in Canberra on 22nd June at Westfield Belconnen (opposite Liquorland).
Some ways to be involved in the campaign:
The Greenhills Centre is a retreat, accommodation, conference, worship and recreation facility specialising in group retreats, workshops and conferencing for schools, church and community groups to provide opportunities and facilities for meditation, worship, and personal development that reflect and celebrate God’s gifts to us.
Barry Howe, Board Chairperson of the Greenhills Centre, Cotter Road ACT, invites us to reflect on the ministry of camping.
Rev Myung-Hwa Park in the Connie Christie Chapel, Greenhills Centre
Members of The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) have been involved in ministry through “campsites” long before the union of Presbyterians, Methodists and Congregationalists in 1977. Our own Greenhills Centre was established in 1965 through the Presbyterian Fellowship of Australia (PFA) association of founder Max Hill, as were many of over twenty Uniting Church venues throughout Australia.
As we head towards the 50th Anniversary of Greenhills Centre, on 28th March 2015, it is a good time to reflect on the Christian ministry that so many UCA outdoor venues provide.
Greenhills provides a Christian environment both for groups involved in Christian camping activities and for a wide variety of other groups who enjoy the facilities and service that Greenhills has to offer.
Anti-Poverty Week will be held between 12 – 18 October this year, and provides an opportunity for congregations and communities to focus on the issues of poverty, both internationally and here in Australia. We’d like to encourage you to get involved.
This could involve making poverty a focus for your service, having specific activities that focus on poverty during this week, or getting involved in the UnitingCare NSW/ACT anti-poverty week campaign that is focussing on children and young people.
Resources – download here: UnitingCare NSW/ACT have pulled together a range of resources and links that could be useful. Included are six resource sheets followed by four separate attachments: An Economy of Life Resolution 2009; Economy of Life Worship Resources (prayers); Beyond Poverty Reduction – An Economy for Life; The Problem of Poverty and Abundance.