Given the current environmental crisis and a broad ecumenical consensus surrounding it, there is an urgent need for the churches to address publicly the ethical, social and spiritual questions posed by the crisis. There is also a growing awareness that the church has a mission to love and care for creation as a vital expression of its faith. It was therefore timely to establish a group that might facilitate this mission – the Queensland Churches Environmental Network (QCEN), which is a commission of Queensland’s ecumenical churches council – Queensland Churches Together (QCT).
- To be a resource and advisory group for the QCT in matters relating to environmental care.
- To provide a forum for dialogue and the sharing of information and resources for the care of creation.
- To promote eco-mission as an integral part of the church’s mission.
- To encourage and enable ecumenical action for Earthcare.
- To promote appropriate study material and educational models
- To have an advocacy role in encouraging church bodies and congregations to participate in a public stand against practices that pollute, degrade or destroy God’s creation.
- To explore interfaith possibilities in Earthcare.
- To relate to the NCCA Eco-Mission Project Group.
- To network with member churches of QCT, with the NCCA through its Eco-Mission group, and with groups with an environmental focus.
- To facilitate dialogue, sharing of resources, advocacy and action
- To plan and conduct interfaith activities related to earthcare.
The membership of QCEN is drawn from the member Churches of QCT. The current members represent the following denominations:
Anglican, Lutheran, Quakers, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Uniting
The committee is keen to extend the diversity of its membership in terms of gender, age, and cultural background.
Currently QCEN meets monthly for 90 minutes (currently 1pm-2.30pm, 4th Thursdays, February to November).
There are also one or two visits to denominational groups each year (maybe 2 hours)
The main roles of members are:
- To act as a conduit to provide information from their network of church and broader community contacts to QCEN and its members, and to pass on information from QCEN back to their contacts.
- If available, to assist with occasional QCEN activities such as movie screenings, lectures and photo displays (usually 2 or 3 such activities each year)
Season of Creation
Season of Creation is a global movement where Christians are invited to celebrate, pray and act to protect creation. It runs each year from 1st September (the day of prayer fro creation) to 4th October (feast day of St Francis. Each year QCEN invites photographers and artists to share photographs and artworks. All submitted pictures are displayed on the QCEN facebook page and a large number are displayed at St John's cathedral in Brisbane. For 2019 the theme for Season of Creation is Ocean, flora and fauna, storm and cosmos.
In addition to the display QCEN will be hosting a screening of Albatross.
Click here to see Season of Creation pictures from 2019.
Click here for more information on Season of Creation.
More information on Albatross
Presentation to the 2019 Assembly
In October 2019 QCEN presented to the QCT Assembly meeting a series of talks on the theme:
Ecumenical Care for Creation - with an emphasis on Climate Change.
All presentations can be found below:
Address: Rev'd Dr Graham Warren -Opening Worship Address
Speaker 1: Dr David Tutty Ecological conversion - What is needed?
Speaker 2: Rev Peter Blake Where are we heading?
Speaker 3: Rev Dr Clive Ayre The current ecumenical response
Speaker 4: Dr Kumi Abeysuriya What do we need to change?
Speaker 5: Peter Arndt Responding to the Climate Emergency together