Climate Change Consultation

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What position should the Synod take in response to climate change?

The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania meetings have passed resolutions relevant to climate change since 1977. However, the last resolution of a Synod meeting that directly addressed the issue of climate change was in 2008. Members of the Synod congregations have been expressing greater concern to the Justice and International Mission (JIM) cluster that the Synod needs to play a more significant role in responding to climate change.  The JIM cluster believes there is a need for the Synod to update its position on the urgency of addressing the causes of climate change and the actions that need to be taken in response.

The consultation paper that can be downloaded from this page explores how serious is the threat of climate change. Based on the assessment of the danger, the paper explores what actions we as Australians should be taking as part of the global effort to respond to climate change. It proposes a position for the Synod to adopt at the next Synod meeting.

Have Your Say

The JIM cluster is keen to hear the views of Uniting Church members on what action the Synod should take on climate change. We are also eager to have conversations with members on the issue to help shape the position the Synod adopts.

Written feedback can be provided to:

Justice and International Mission cluster
Centre for Theology and Ministry
29 College Crescent
Parkville, Victoria, 3052

Feedback or requests for a conversation can also be provided by e-mail to mark.zirnsak@victas.uca.org.au.

For a direct phone conversation or to set up a conversation call (03) 9340 8807.

Comments and feedback are needed by Monday 31 August 2020. The deadline is so the input can be considered in the formulation of the final recommendation to take to the February 2021 Synod meeting.

Feedback to the consultation paper will also help inform what further resources the JIM cluster provides to support congregations and presbyteries respond to climate change.

 

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