Vision and Principles

Vision for Eco-Mission NSW Network

‘Eco-Mission NSW Network’ has been formed as a voluntary team of NSW Christians from diverse faith traditions in response to the call of the National Council of Churches Australia Eco Mission Project to build national networks that link faith and ecology.

The Gospel is ever new and we see this network as a work of the Spirit in our time. It is a witness to Christ’s continuing vitality and our desire to walk with others.

Eco-Mission NSW Network is informed by the ecological crises of our times and to our changing understandings of the place of humanity within the story of the cosmos. We are energized by examples of Christian commitment in response to this crisis carried out with an expanded understanding. Our mission response to the ongoing degradation of Earth’s life systems draws upon scripture, theological insights and ongoing scientific discovery as an ongoing reflection. It is a cause for prayer and celebration within our faith communities.

Our role is firstly to animate Christian communities to integrate ecological consciousness into their life and work. This is a positive message about opportunities to live richer, more meaningful and more sustainable lives. Sacrifice and risk are involved. Secondly, we aspire to be an ecumenical voice on public policies working from the Christian values and principles that inform us.

Eco-Mission NSW Network sees our group as a hub of Christian ecological consciousness and action. We hope to become a network with members from all Christian denominations and geographical parts of NSW. We embrace diverse manifestations of ecological concern recognising that this comes in many forms among people of goodwill. In common we can pray in thanksgiving for this deepening revelation of the Creator.

Our Network values ecological consciousness, compassion, respect, inclusiveness, dialogue, integral mission and Christian hope. These values lead us to embrace these principles.

Principles

1. We are followers of the Way of Christ, as revealed in Scripture and ongoing reflection

2. We treasure Creation as a freely given gift and blessing for all that reflects the Glory of God

3. We recognize our place in cosmic history and our kinship with all other creatures

4. We are attentive to the various ecological crises which we perceive as ‘Signs of our Times’

5. We affirm the interconnections between ecological justice, social justice and peace

6. We work in an inclusive and invitational way that embraces diversity seeking to collaborate with all people of good will

7. We understand hope as an active commitment to the healing and wholeness of Creation

8. We provide guidance for others and inspiration to engage in advocacy.

Uniting Church, O'Connor, ACT
Uniting Church, O’Connor, ACT

About Us

Jacqui Redmond
Jacqui Redmond

Jacqui Remond

Jacqui Remond is the Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia, Convenor of the NCCA Eco Mission Project and mother of two children. Jacqui is interested in dialogue as the primary mode for bringing about a greater understanding of ecological conversion that transforms at a personal, organisational and community wide level.

 

Thea Ormerod
Thea Ormerod

Thea Ormerod

Thea Ormerod is a semi-retired social worker, a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima, Kingsgrove, and a grandmother of six. For over thirty years she  has been an advocate for trade justice, the cancellation of odious debt for developing countries, more and better overseas aid or other justice issues. She is currently the President of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change and co-convenes the Eco-Mission NSW network with Jacqui Remond.

 

Judy Walsh
Judy Walsh

Rev’d Judy Walsh

The Rev’d Judy Walsh is  the Chairperson of the Newcastle Anglican Diocesan Environment Commission.

She has been a member of the Commission for almost ten years and was appointed by the Bishop as Chairperson in December, 2012.  She is committed to educating and encouraging all people about the need to care for God’s creation, our earth.

 

Miriam Pepper
Miriam Pepper

Dr Miriam Pepper

Dr Miriam Pepper is the Uniting Earth Ministry Consultant with the Uniting Church NSW/ACT Synod, and a part of the Uniting Church eco network Uniting Earthweb.  She is also a management committee member of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) and part of the Faith Ecology Network (FEN). Miriam is a researcher with the National Church Life Survey and a fellow at Australian Catholic University.

 

Jason John
Jason John

Rev Jason John

“Jason is the half time minister with Uniting Earth ministry, a project of the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church.  The ministry aims to help the  church live a faithful life in the present context of our changing awareness of the place of human beings within the whole creation, and ‘confess the Lord in fresh words and deeds’ as this new occasion demands? (Basis of Union, paragraph 11).  He is particularly interested in the interplay between the new creation stories coming from the sciences, action resulting from those stories, and the Christian story.”

 

Charles Rue
Charles Rue

Charles Rue

Charles Rue is a Columban Mission Catholic priest. He has academic degrees in Liturgy, Environmental Planning and History. Working in St Korea, Jamaica WI and Australia as a pastor and lecturer he has published on the connection between evangelization, liturgy and ecological issues. Recent writings have been on Climate Change and a Catholic Season of Creation.  charlesrue@columban.org.au