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Caring for Creation

Monday, 09 February 2015 13:44

Lenten reflections on caring for creation

green-teamwork150In preparation for Pope Francis' much anticipated encyclical on the environment and Easter, prayer resources are available for reflecting on environmental stewardship more deeply this Lenten season.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:46

Global Divestment Day 2015

fossilfree150On February 13-14, Australia will join the world to break up with fossil fuels and call on others to do the same as part of the first ever Global Divestment Day.

cop20lima logoAustralia's pledge to contribute to the Green Climate Fund during negotiations at the 2014 Climate Change Conference in Lima is good news, according to the latest e-news from EarthSong.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:18

Religions: Get on board with ecological crisis

helping the world“The majority of religious people have not really taken on board the magnitude of the ecological crisis and the urgency with which it must be addressed,” says well-known eco-missionary, Columban Fr Sean McDonagh in a media release from the Columban Mission Institute Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:07

Prayers and updates on COP 20 in Peru

Columbans Lima vigilOn Tuesday December 2nd, people from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions came together in Sydney’s beautiful Botanical Gardens to kick off a prayer campaign as the UN Conference of Parties negotiations (COP20) began in Lima, Peru.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 01:05

Divestment: taking action on climate change

helping hands earth150The Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW recently released its latest edition of Watermark, exploring divestment as a powerful way for individuals to take action on climate change.

Friday, 12 September 2014 10:05

People's Climate March

peoplesmarch2014In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. An unprecedental global mobilisation will take place over the weekend of 21 September to peacefully take to the streets and demand that world leaders take action on climate change. Join in solidarity with the People's March through events happening across Australia.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:39

ARRCC fundraising dinners in Sydney and Melbourne

ARRCC ark150The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith network taking action on climate change, will hold fundraising dinners in Sydney and Melbourne on Wednesday 17th September.

Catholic Earthcare logo graphic150Are you wondering about your role in leadership with Creation & Reconciliation for mission? Catholic Earthcare Australia is now accepting registrations of interest, from those in leadership roles within the Church and its allied organisations for the 2014 Creation & Reconciliation Pilgrimage. 

ARRCC ark150Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) encourages people of faith to move their money into banks and super funds which screen out investments in fossil fuel extraction. Small institutional trustees could also take steps, in phases, to divest from fossil fuels. Dozens of religious trustees have already begun this process.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:32

Climate catch up from CLRI(NSW)

clri climate catchupThe Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) released a climate change report for June 2014 looking at the state of the nation in terms of climate change and possible solutions in 2014.

Friday, 13 June 2014 13:51

Bike power at Rahamim

Rahamim logo 150Rahamim Ecological Learning Community's recent community initiative was met with great enthusiasm, an idea that stemmed from its sustainability workshops that aim to promote an understanding of the planet, respect for humanity and reverence for creation, writes Sister Mary-Ann Casanova rsj, Executive Director at Rahamim.

Catholic Earthcare logo graphic150Catholic Earthcare launched the National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN) on World Environment Day, which will be followed by similar events across Australia to enable participants to learn more and collaborate on energy efficiency, according to this Media Release from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

fossilfree150Is your organization or community interested in moving your money out of coal, oil and gas exploration, extraction and infrastructure but it all seems too complicated? Thea Ormerod, Chair of The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), invites everyone to a webinar on divesting from fossil fuels on 15 May 2014, Thursday with the help of accredited financial adviser Karen McLeod.

I stand with TheaReligious leaders, adding their voices to the protest of the Gomeroi people, have been arrested at Maules Creek in northwest New South Wales, Australia for blocking access to Whitehaven's Coal's mine site, reports 350.org.

Monday, 03 March 2014 10:56

CRA helps highlight the impact of coal

land water future logoCatholic Religious Australia recently signed a statement with leading NGOs and civil society organisations to support the unprecedented public stand taken this month by Australian health experts on coal and health, putting the evidence of coal’s health impacts on the national agenda as a top-tier issue.

ARRCC ark150Thea Ormerod, Chair of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), invites us to seriously consider divestment from fossil fuels, which involves moving your money, individually or communally, out of fossil fuels in a staged and deliberate way.

Monday, 18 November 2013 21:08

Climate change and the dialogue with values

helpinghands150The World Water Week forum in Stockholm demonstrated the urgent need for broad action beyond government or economic regulation. Jesuits José Ignacio García and Pedro Walpole emphasise what even scientists in the forum recognised: the need for a language and a pedagogy that is easily understandable and engaging, for people to value sharing, caring and simplicity of lifestyle.

Monday, 18 November 2013 12:46


Sr Patricia Powell rsm150Our value as humans derives from our being part of planetary creation. Mercy Sister Patricia Powell reflects on this shift in our understanding of community and what it means to belong to the community of all being.

Vidina Morales150Vidina Morales, one of the leading voices in the environmental defence movement in El Salvador will be the guest speaker at the upcoming AFTINET Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 5:30pm.

Friday, 30 August 2013 21:16

Climate change and religion in Australia

Together with leaders of other religious traditions, CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc appears in a video by Greenpeace Australia appealing to political leaders to act on climate change.

Monday, 26 August 2013 11:32

Faith at a time of federal election

Asked by a reporter if it is proper for faith groups to speak out about climate change in an open letter at the time of a federal election, representatives of major Australian religions replied, "Yes, it is our duty". Columban Father Charles Rue reports on the letter and public event advocating for reductions in coal exports.

The Social Justice Committee of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW (CLRI NSW) has released a YouTube video about what children in Kiribati and Australia think of climate change, aiming to promote advocacy on this issue in the lead up to the federal election, reports Mercy Sister Sharon Price. 

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) will be launching the Christian Climate Action Kit in Sydney on Sunday, 16 June 2013. The kit is an up-to-date, online, comprehensive resource with creative ideas to empower Christians to assist their communities to respond to climate change and to care for Creation.

Friday, 10 May 2013 14:09

Stop until it's safe

Mercy Sister Dierdre Gardiner introduces us to Debbie Orr and her family who have experienced health issues which they associate with coal seam gas mining in their small Queensland town and are urging for more studies on the impact of coal seam gas mining on people's health and the environment.

The Josephite Justice Office (JJO), a ministry of the Congregations of the Sisters of St Joseph, recently presented a submission to The Department of Planning and Infrastructure NSW to express concern about the rapid growth of coal seam gas exploration, reports the Josephite E-News.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:58

Coal seam gas mining and associated issues

The Justice Network has been alerted to several developments regarding coal seam gas mining and related issues. Sr Suzette Clark rsc lists down these concerns and offers resources for raising awareness on the detrimental effects of coal seam gas mining and some recommendations for action.

Sister of Mercy Dierdre Gardiner of the CRA Justice Group provides an update on the efforts and advocacy of many Australian religious men and women in protest of coal seam gas mining and on the environmental and health concerns surrounding this issue.

Queensland Presentation Sister Rosemary Grundy pvbm and associates from Australia and New Zealand are making their voices heard in the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012.

John Wallis Foundation logo US scientist, academic and author, Dr Larry Edwards will be presenting a workshop on the ‘Gifts of the Universe: Living in Gratefulness’ in Brisbane on 6 June and in Toowoomba on 5 June.

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