Uniting Earth Ministry
I am half time Resource person for Uniting Earth Ministry, within UME in the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church, with my colleague Jessica Morthorpe. A collection of videos, mostly produced for the Season of Creation, explores some links between ecology, evolution and faith, as does the rest of this site I am involved with the ad hoc Bellingen ecofaith community, and before that ministered to the Adelaide ecofaith community, where I was able to explore my passion for exploring what it means to be a Christian who is informed and shaped by the new creation stories coming to us from the fields of evolution, ecology, and cosmology. I've turned some of that into a book, with another about the Adelaide community, and another revisiting some of the horrific stories we read in the lead up to Easter. Another couple of books are "in the pipeline." My PhD thesis on evolution, ecology and theology was my opportunity to start integrating my past studies in zoology and environmental studies with my faith, and with my profession as a minister of religion. It was prompted by the number of students I met who thought they had to choose between being a Christian, or believing science. I've also been the ecominister at Scots Church Adelaide, a uni chaplain, an environment officer in the Qld Uni Student Union, and a researcher for the Queensland Synod bioethics committee. Plus a congreagtional minister in Bellingen and Sawtell. I have a passion for permaculture which informs the slow unfolding of our forest home, where we've just finished wombling a "bathroom" and now have running warm water most days. I appreciate the Uniting Church's professed desire for an intellectually credible faith, shaped by contact with contemporary thought. I agree with its rejection of biblical literalism and fundamentalism, and its desire to remain a place where our diverse membership can continue as pilgrims of faith together. I've been an athiest, agnostic, a biblical literalist and an evolutionary Christian, so am well placed to co-operate with any people of good will to work for the common good of this our Earth family. Links to the videos, books and PhD are at http:/ecofaith.org Mobile: 0438 60 90 97 | E-mail: JasonJ@nswact.uca.org.au
Uniting Mission & Education is an arm of the Uniting Church in Australia, NSW/ACT Synod. UME staff are here to assist the Church to provide education, theological insight, strategy, research and resources for leadership, discipleship, ministry and mission to serve Christ who rules and renews the Church and seeks the reconciliation of creation.
Our approach is to:
Encourage a creative and pioneering spirit; contextualise; be a prophetic voice; model what we are about; engage in reflective practice.