What does it mean to live a faithful life in the present context of our changing awareness of the place of human beings within the whole creation?
How do we “confess the Lord in fresh words and deeds” as this new occasion demands? (Basis of Union, paragraph 11)
Uniting Earth begins 2017 as an integral part of the UME team, after three years as a special project. Our focus will be on resourcing the church to be agents of reconcilaition and renewal of the whole creation, rather than doing this work on behalf of the church.
With qualifications in environmental science, marketing and theology, Jessica is passionate about advocating for the reconciliation and renewal of all creation. She is also the founder and director of the Five Leaf Eco-Awards, an ecumenical environmental change program for churches and religious organisations.
Jessica has previously worked with: Micah Challenge, Fairtrade Labelling Australia and New Zealand, and in multiple roles within the Uniting Church in Australia. She has also attended multiple national and international training programs and conferences, including the Green Steps Environmental Change Leadership Program (2006), Asia Pacific Youth Camp on Climate Change (2008), Youth for Eco Justice (2011) and the Emerging Leaders’ Multi-Faith Climate Convergence (2015).
These programs have helped to convince her that we can achieve truly amazing things when we work together. When not working Jessica is mad keen reader, with a particular enthusiasm for eco-theology, YA and Historical Fiction.
Previous roles include being the ecominister at Scots Church Adelaide, a university chaplain, an environment officer in the Queensland Uni Student Union, and a researcher for the Queensland Synod bioethics committee. He was part time congregational minister in Bellingen and did supply in Sawtell.
His PhD thesis on evolution, ecology and theology was an opportunity to integrate past studies in zoology and environmental studies with his faith, and with his profession as a minister of religion. Jason has a passion for permaculture which informs the slow unfolding of his forest home, where his family has finally finished wombling a “bathroom” and now has running warm water most days.
Jason appreciates the Uniting Church’s professed desire for an intellectually credible faith, shaped by contact with contemporary thought, and its desire to remain a place where our diverse membership can continue as pilgrims of faith together. He’s been an atheist, agnostic, a biblical literalist and an evolutionary Christian, so is well placed to co-operate with any people of good will to work for the reconciliation and renewal of our Earth family.