The annual Uniting Mission and Education (UME) Faith and Ecology e-seminar hopes again to inspire enriching conversations, as theologians from across Australia come together to address ‘Christ and Creation’ on November 20. Last year this event attracted more than 100 participants to its inaugural e-seminar.
Uniting Earth is hosting the event, with the main hub in NSW located at Pitt St Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney.
Speakers will look to answer the following questions: How can we tell the story of Christ in a way, which is good news for the whole of the Creation that God desires to be reconciled and renewed? What does the reconciliation and renewal of Creation even mean?
In collaboration with Uniting Church colleges, speakers representing each state will be able to engage with participants in person and online.
Uniting Earth’s Rev. Dr Jason John is co-coordinating the e-seminar. He says the online aspect means people living in rural areas also can be part of the e-seminar that will include Q&A sessions, as well as workshops.
“Environmental scientists are challenging us to tell the good news in a Creation story,” says Rev. Dr John as he explains the purpose of the ecology conversation in November. Key aspects of this conversation will be how human activity is threatening the environment, and how we view God in our world. “The idea that God is in control is even further challenged. We have seized control [of the environment], with far more power than we have wisdom.”
The e-seminar will try to answer how the good news fits into this narrative. “[It’s about asking] what is the connection between the Christ we follow, and the Creation over which God has, according to our Basis of Union, reasserted claim,” says Rev. Dr John.
With in-depth discussions and a diverse range of speakers, participants will come away better prepared, and inspired, to answer questions about Christ and Creation.
The e-seminar runs from 11:30am to 5:30pm (AEST), 20 November. You can be involved in the live conversation at Pitt St Uniting Church (gold coin donation) or online, via another local hub, or from home.
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