the first time, the Uniting Church President has issued a message for
Survival Day. Stuart McMillan is calling for a national conversation
about sovereignty and treaty.
You will find the video in our
Covenanting Facebook group
or on YouTube via this link: http://bit.ly/survivalday16
Lent Event – join us to make a big impact for the world's poor
As Lent traces Jesus’ journey to the Cross, it’s also a time
to reflect on our journey as disciples and act in solidarity with people
within our global church. UnitingWorld’s Lent Event is a call to
embrace simple living, set aside material goods
and donate the money saved to support projects that offer a better
future to people living on the margins. Download the Lent Event app or
Justice Peace and
Integrity of Creation Working Group.
In 2009 the
Presbytery established a working group to reflect on and bring before
Presbytery issues of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.
The role of the
working group will be
issues that impact on the church in Gippsland and the wider
community of Gippsland;
to act as a
reference group for members of congregations, churches and parishes
wishing to explore issues of justice, peace and integrity of
to act as a
working group to which Presbytery can refer matters for
consideration and report (including issues that are referred from
Synod or Assembly).
To act as a
link for the Presbytery with with the Justice and International
Mission Unit at the Synod and with Uniting World and Uniting Justice
at the Assembly.
The operation of the
The group will
consist of a Convenor and up to five members with power to co-opt.
The group will meet as required, perhaps three or four times a year
face to face. It may chose to work via e-mail or using skype or other
technologies. It will report at least annually to the Presbytery and
its Standing Committee and at other times when appropriate.
National Energy Efficiency Network
Hwang from the National Energy Efficiency Network was in Gippsland
April, Michael led a forum at St. John’s Uniting Church Cowes.
is a government funded organisation, created to encourage energy
efficiency in Not-for-Profit organisations, and thereby encouraging
care for this planet which we all live on.
helps organisations like churches reduce
of the cheapest and easiest ways is SWITCH OFF un-used appliances, or
those on standby.
- adjusting the temperature setting on your heating or cooling so
it’s closer to the outside temperature.
- de-lamping. Taking out un-needed sets of lights.
– replacing lighting (globes, downlights, tubes) with energy
the forum we noted the LED fluro tubes are brighter, cooler and don’t
the lights that are used most, first.
turning down the temperature on your Hot Water Service. (Note for
commercial kitchens or churches with catering programs, the
temperature will need to be higher.)
their power bills, which give usage costs and service costs, but
don’t tell us when the highest use of energy (and therefore highest
cost) is happening.
has a website http://neen.org.au/ where you can:
a bill check
to be a NEEN member
the “opportunity calculator” to work out how best to save
a fact sheet
of the best fact sheets for churches is:
EFFICIENCY – PLACES OF WORSHIP.
Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation May 2015 Newsletter