Hall on the Road

Perth Theological Hall hits the road again, heading for Margaret River Uniting Church for a one day seminar on ‘Creation’. The presenters are:
Suzanne Boorer “Taming the chaos dragon: the Creation of the world in the Old Testament
Alex Jensen “Out of nothing: creation and science”
Nancy Ault “Creation Spirituality”
Plus a panel for discussion and questions.
Date: Saturday 10 October 9.30am – 4.00pm
Cost of $20 includes morning tea.
Please register on the day at 60 Tingle Ave, Margaret River
For more info email Kerry   pthall@murdoch.edu.au   or call  08 9360 6880

Uniting Church Synod of WA stops annual meeting to say Aim Higher on Climate Change

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“The Uniting Church views climate change as a most serious threat to humanity that must be tackled urgently,” said the Moderator of the Uniting Church in Western Australia, Rev Steve Francis.
“The time has come to aim higher on climate change action. The Australian Government, along with global leaders, has a unique opportunity at the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris to commit to carbon emission reduction targets that prevent the worst impacts of climate change.”
At the Uniting Church’s 39th meeting of the Synod of Western Australia over the weekend, members of the Synod paused to make a symbolic action calling for stronger action on climate change.
“Western Australia is particularly exposed to changes in climate with noticeable impacts already being felt in our agricultural sector and urban water supply. The unique and vulnerable flora and fauna species of the South West are at particular risk and we feel a responsibility to advocate for this wonderful network of ecosystems,” Rev Francis said.
“The health and safety of our community, through a likely increase in bushfires, cyclone intensity and heatwaves, is also of great concern to us. As West Australians, we want to see strong action on climate change so that future West Australians can be safe to enjoy the beauty and sustenance this special corner of the world provides.
The Uniting Church in Western Australia welcomes the submission made by UnitingJustice Australia, the justice unit of the Uniting Church National Assembly, to the to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s review of Australia’s post-2020 reduction target. It called for the reinstatement of a price on carbon and an emissions reduction target of at least 40% of 2000 levels by 2020. The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Stuart McMillan, labelled the Government’s current targets “a failure of leadership” and “a failure to care for future generations and for creation.”

Uniting Church Synod of WA calls on the Western Australian and Federal Governments to Listen to the Heart of Remote Communities

The 39th Synod of the Uniting Church in Western Australia has called on the State Government to use negotiated partnership approaches to work with Indigenous peoples in remote communities. The Uniting Church in Western Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress continue to hold concern over the Regional Services Reform affecting remote Aboriginal communities currently being implemented by the State Government.

“We call on the State Government to develop a detailed consultation framework and evaluation process concerning the sustainability of remote communities in Western Australia to ensure the free, prior and informed consent of Aboriginal peoples in any decision concerning them,” said the Moderator of the Uniting Church in Western Australia, Rev Steve Francis.

“While there may be some benefit to reforming the disjointed provision of some services, we need to act very sensitively with Indigenous people who have suffered so much dispossession and trauma during the history of European settlement in Western Australia. Making decisions to remove services to remote Aboriginal settlements could increase the sense of Indigenous dispossession and displacement.”

Rev Sealin Garlett, Chair of the Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress WA said, “Aboriginal people have a deep connection to the land. This is not just a ‘lifestyle choice’ but part of our cultural and spiritual identity. We need to be on country to look after it and to have it look after us.

“We don’t want to have “reforms” done to us. Our people want to be able to sit down and yarn with the Government about how they can help us implement our own strategies for development and sustainability.”

The Synod meeting called on the State Government to urgently renegotiate funding arrangements for municipal and essential services with the Federal Government as was done by the South Australian Government. The Synod also called on the Federal Government to reinstate funding for essential and municipal services for Aboriginal communities and to ensure any change adheres to international human rights particularly the right to consultation and consent as expressed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.