Fr Michael Trainor spoke about the “problems” including the credibility of religion in a non-religious/secular world, the disposition of some Christians to believe they have the fullness of truth and the belief of some that global warming and climate change is God’s judgement on the world.
He also referred to the literal interpretation of Scripture and the focus on ‘human salvation’ as impediments to addressing ecological issues.
Henrietta Wighton from the Vinnies Refugee and Migrant Service spoke about the 150 Days of Action Campaign for refugees and asylum seekers. She said there was an increasing number of people fleeing their homes because of climate change.
Sally Shaw, national director (SA) of A Rocha Christian Conservation, gave a presentation on Restoring Habitat which featured the group’s conservation projects around the world including the Aldinga Hart Road Wetland in southern Adelaide.
A Rocha is a Christian nature conservation organisation, the name coming from the Portuguese for ‘the Rock’, as the first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal. A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education.
The final speaker at the forum was Glenelg parishioner Ron Knolder who talked about developing an active parish social justice group.
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