Christians and Climate Challenges - a Caring for the Creation Worship and Seminar Day

From: September 11, 2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


A worship and seminar day organised by the Caring for Creation Working Group (CCWG), an interest group within the Assembly Confessing Congregations within the UCA.


Newtown Mission

The Caring for Creation Working Group invites congregations to send interested people to this the day, beginning with the Worship Service at 10 am and continuing after Lunch with the first speaker at 12.45pm. Congregational representatives will then be able to take back a report to their congregations regarding what Christians may do to honour the Creator through caring for His good Creation.

Getting there Newtown Uniting Church is well served by public transport, with frequent buses along City Rd and King St and a regular train service through a modernised Newtown Station. If coming by train, walk East along King St for 5 minutes from the station to the Church. Erskineville Rd is the nearest cross street and the Church is just past that. Come any time during the day from 10 am to 4pm.

If you forget to register, come anyway – there are many eating places nearby.


     10.00     Worship

     11.15     Morning Tea

     11.35     Relevance of the day’s activities to Christians; meet the Speakers

     12.00     LUNCH

     12.45     Afternoon Seminar with Speakers -
                     Byron Smith, Ben Thurley, Trevor Thomas
                     Bible Discussion and possible Youth contribution
                     Afternoon Tea

       4.00     Close

Registration The Seminar is free. Catering will be provided for 30 to 35 people; more if required. Morning, Afternoon teas and Lunch are provided and it would be helpful to know ahead of time how many to expect.

Please contact the Convener, Nola Stewart on or 9686 3542 before Thursday 8th September to let us know you are coming.


Ben Thurley
Ben is married to Lyndall and has two boys, Gabe (12) and Jake (7). He has been working with Micah Australia for the last four years, first as Political Engagement Coordinator and now as National Coordinator. In those roles, he has helped develop and steer Micah’s campaigns on aid, tax justice and climate change. 

Before that, Ben and his family lived and worked in Nepal as Advocacy Advisor with United Mission to Nepal. In that role he worked with Nepalese organisations to become better advocates, established a local democracy and budget monitoring program and helped the major church bodies establish a social issues analysis and church/community mobilisation program known as Christian Commitment to Building a New Nepal.

Prior to living in Nepal, Ben was the Advocacy Coordinator with TEAR Australia and initially trained as a teacher and taught at Canterbury Boys high school in Sydney.

Holding degrees in Arts, Education and Theology, Ben is passionate about encouraging and equipping Australia Christians to stand and speak up for justice and peace and is part of the Lalor Park Cafe Church community in Sydney's west.

Byron Smith
Byron is a ministry assistant serving at St George’s Anglican Church at Paddington. He is an ecological ethicist seeking to change the conversation around climate amongst Sydney Christians. As a Ph D candidate, he is researching the role of climate fears in Christian ethics.

He gained his Bachelor of Divinity (honours, first class) through Moore College in 2006.

Byron has served as a ministry assistant at All Souls Anglican Church, Leichhardt, as a catechist at St Barnabas’ Sydney and a secondary teacher at St Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney.

Trevor Thomas
Trevor is the Managing Director of Ethinvest, where he has worked since 1997. He is also a Trustee of the John T Reid Charitable Trust, the McKinnon Family Foundation and a Director of the Difference Incubator a hub for Social Enterprise in Melbourne.

He is a former chair of the Board of TEAR Australia, where he served for 10 years, with a special interest in the work of the Advocacy Committee

Prior to joining Ethinvest in 1997, Trevor worked for six years in Paraguay in Economic and Community Development.

Trevor is an Elder at Newtown Mission. He is married to Jude, has two teenage daughters, and enjoys running and podcasts – very complementary activities.