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Monday, January 19, 2009

First Ever Five Leaf Eco-Award Basic Certificate presented to Port Melbourne Uniting Church Today!

Before I sign out for the night; today I presented the Five Leaf Eco-Award Basic Certificate to Port Melbourne Uniting Church. As members of the Melbourne Pilot, Port Melbourne received the first Basic Certificate ever. Presenting the certificate was a moment of great honour and joy for me, and I would like to congratulate the Port Melbourne congregation and particularly their green team lead by Janet Hoare, on their achievement.

I will post more information about what Port Melbourne did to earn the award and a photo of the presentation soon.

For those of you who know me, I finished my part-time position in Melbourne on Friday and I am now looking forward to returning to Canberra and university in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for Genesis 2 tomorrow...

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+