Tag Archives: Environment

Book review: Coming Back to Earth

Coming Back to Earth. Photo: Supplied

Jonathan Cornford’s book of essays explores climate change, agriculture, resource decline and how Christianity can speak to these global challenges. David Weddell reviews. Coming Back to Earth is definitely not the biography of a returned astronaut but it does take us outside our current world to look at how Christians can be genuine good news for a world in crisis. ...

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How to run great garage sales that deliver the goods

Garage sales at Chermside Kedron Comunity, Sherwood Uniting Church and Paradise Point Uniting Church.

Every weekend someone, somewhere is having a garage sale. And who can resist the allure of finding just what you need or a hidden treasure among the piles of household items? Journey asks churches for their tips for turning trash into treasure. Garage sales can be important fundraisers for local churches as well as great opportunities to connect with the ...

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Paris meeting to set climate future

a coal fired electric power plant

There is a chance the global community can act for a more secure climate future. Marguerite Marshall explores. This December representatives from almost 200 countries will meet in Paris to try and solve perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced—climate change. According to NASA, 97 per cent of the world’s climate scientists say humans are causing climate change and if ...

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Election notes: balancing mining activity

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One Uniting Church congregation has expressed real concern about the legal and property rights of local people impacted by the state government’s establishment of the “Galilee Basin State Development Area”. However, the Queensland government has removed long-standing public rights to object to mines. Previously off-limits areas of western Queensland are being opened up to oil and coal seam gas mining ...

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Uniting Church minister explains why he protests

Aaron Matheson, Rev John Brentnall, Jason Koh, Professor Colin Butler, Ben Thurley at a coal protest at Gunnedah, NSW.

Anti-coal activists at the controversial open-cut coal mine at Maules Creek, near Narrabri, New South Wales are at times surprised to find themselves accompanied by a Uniting Church Minister. Rev John Brentnall joined a blockade for the third time on 26 November, together with three Buddhists and another Christian, this time at the gate of a coal processing plant in ...

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Pope to Abbott: don’t forget the poor

Pope Francis

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Pope Francis has written calling for the G20 leaders’ summit to focus on poor families and inequality as well as economic figures. In his letter dated 6 November, the Pope asked Mr Abbott and his fellow heads of government remember that behind the political and technical discussions of the G20 “many ...

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Proposed legislation poses risk to Queensland farmers

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Strong concerns have been expressed about some of the provisions in the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 put to state parliament by Hon Andrew Cripps Minister for Natural Resources and Mines on 5 June. The Bill proposes to replace five existing pieces of legislation (which govern the energy and resources sector) with a single, common resource Act ...

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Earth, Faith and Mission

Banner for Earth, Faith and Mission by Clive Ayre.

Dr Clive Ayre’s book Earth, Faith, and Mission is a wonderful example of new practical theology. Practical theology has suffered on the one hand from the early influence of European scholars who saw it primarily as an application of theological principles developed by “real” theologians. It has been plagued on the other hand by those who want to limit it ...

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Reining in loose change

A movement to divest of fossil fuel shares as a means to limit global warming is gaining momentum. Marguerite Marshall encourages Christians to steward their finances to support care of the earth. Divesting our fossil fuel shares and investing in clean renewable energy goes to the very heart of our lives as Christians to care for God’s creation and to ...

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