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Faith in Action Conference - Responding to Climate Change

Posted 16 Oct 2019 08:00AM

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change - National Conference

ARRCC, a multi-faith network committed to action on climate change, is holding its inaugural national conference on 8-10 November 2019 in Canberra.


Conference participants are welcome to arrive after 4 pm and mingle. Before dinner at 5.30 pm, there will be a brief ceremony called “Kiddush” to welcome the Jewish Shabbat. 

Each morning and afternoon of the conference will begin with prayer or meditation in one of the great religious traditions.

Friday night – Starting 6.30 pm Welcome, including Welcome to Country, introductions, Multi-Faith Prayer and Reflection, Aboriginal struggles to defend country today (especially in relation to mining)

Saturday morning – Academic speakers are Prof Lesley Hughes covering climate science today; Assoc Prof Mehmet Ozalp and Dr Miriam Pepper on religious responses in the Islamic and Christian traditions, and Dr James Whelan facilitating discussion on the special role people of faith can play in addressing the climate emergency.

Saturday evening – Informal conference dinner at the venue

Saturday afternoon and Sunday – A mix of presentations, skills workshops and discussion, and some time spent celebrating and analysis of positive local ARRCC stories. Finishes 3.30 pm.

Josh Creaser from Tipping Point, Tejopala RawlsDr James Whelan and Thea Ormerod will facilitate workshops in community organising skills.