PEACEtalks hosted the Sydney book launch of Dr Mick Pope’s new book, “A Climate of Justice: Loving your neighbour in a warming world”. This was chance to hear an introduction and excerpts read by the author, a panel discussion with other climate justice experts and practitioners, and an open Q&A session on an important and urgent topic.
About the book: What does it mean to love our neighbours in a world that is warming? Christians are called to seek justice as a reflection God’s character and an expression of care for those around us. Yet the list of injustices can seem overwhelming: inequality; modern slavery; the refugee crisis; the ways in which indigenous people around the world are treated and mistreated, including in this land; and so many more. What does climate change have to do with these? Through the lens of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Dr Mick Pope argues that our warming world links these and other justice issues and that we cannot address them in isolation.
About the speaker: Mick Pope has a PhD in Meteorology from Monash University and lectures in meteorology. He is Professor of Environmental Theology at Missional University, and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern College. Mick is the author of A Climate of Hope: Church and Mission in a Warming World, with Claire Dawson.
Pannel speakers: Hwvar Khoshnow arrived in Australia as a child with her family seeking refuge from conflict and persecution in the middle east. Earlier this week, Hwvar joined four other Christians in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience in support of refugees on Manus Island because she is passionate about Jesus and his kingdom of justice and love for all.
Kylie Beach is a freelance writer currently working as communications coordinator at the Whitlam Institute, and as a journalist for Christian news outlet Eternity News, and has previously been Communications Director at Common Grace and on staff in various roles at Hillsong Church, where she has attended for 25 years.
About PEACE: PEACEtalks is a monthly event hosted by Paddington Anglican Church aimed at serving the community by promoting and cultivating deep conversations about life, the world and everything. ‘PEACE’ stands for ‘political, ethical, artistic & cultural engagement’. As such, our events seek to take all of these areas of our shared humanity seriously in a world where such things are often marginalized. We also seek to demonstrate the ways in which spiritual and theological reflection enable us to look at all of these important areas afresh. All welcome!