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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Inter-Faith Forum on Global Climate Change: Global Problems Require a Global Response

A Pre-Parliament of the World's Religions Event, to be held from 2.00pm to 5.00pm Sunday 18 October 2009 in the Chapel.

To date initiatives taken by religious communities have tended to focus on encouraging adherents to be good stewards of God’s creation in their local communities. However, global climate change is not simply a local problem, but concerns the whole earth. World religions have a role to play in responding to these challenges. This forum seeks to explore the ethical questions raised by climate change, provide a theological perspective from the different world religions, and encourage all people to be actively engaged in addressing an issue of global significance.

Professor Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), will challenge faith communities to reflect theologically and spiritually on their responsibility to care for the creation entrusted to them. In response, a panel representing the world’s different religions will offer their own theological and spiritual perspective to the issues surrounding global climate change and respond to questions from those attending the forum.

There is a suggested donation of $5 to cover expenses. All are welcome to attend!

Organised By:
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture together with the faith communities of Canberra as a Pre-Parliamentary event of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

For further information contact Margaret Roberts

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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+