Faith in action
Join us on June 21 and #ShowYourStripes to call for urgent action on climate change.Read more
Common Grace is the idea that God is good to all and has compassion for all of creation (Psalm 145.9).
This is the basis for everyday existence: sunshine, rain, food, beauty, meaningful work, regular rest, and the extent to which there is a rough approximation (at times a very rough approximation) of peace and justice in human society. These gifts come to all and are to be shared in common by all.
And so one wonderful implication of common grace is that we get to join in, to participate in this indiscriminate divine generosity and goodness by serving the common good.
In general, we do this "routinely" in all kinds of ways big and small: kindness to a stranger; caring for those we love; doing something productive that helps society; creating, appreciating and sharing beauty; paying our water bill such that the plumbing system on which modern urban life depends is maintained; observing the road rules; buying products that have been made justly and sustainably, and so on.
But sometimes, we can deliberately do something for the common good, taking an action that is intended to help everyone in some way. And that is what this new group Common Grace is on about. We're joining together to do stuff that is a blessing to all of God creatures, or all Australians, or all people in our city/town/village, or some combination of the above.
And sometimes, that means taking direct action to change a situation in a concrete way. Sometimes, it means seeking to love our neighbours through advocating for just legislation or policy. Sometimes, it means doing something to change the conversation in our culture.
Our first action is all of the above. Join us in a Christmas gift to Australia as we offer solar panels for Kirribilli House: a small concrete step in reducing our national emissions, a warm commendation of the Renewable Energy Target, and a symbolic act that points to a future of clean energy for our kids and grandkids.
Many have already got the ball rolling. Can you chip in a few dollars to ensure our first step is a good one? And sign up for further opportunities to honour our Creator together by echoing and amplifying God's abundant goodness towards us all.
If you'd like to chip in to give Australia solar panels for Christmas - have a look here!
Rosie Clare Shorter reflects on Rebecca Huntley’s new book 'How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference', encouraging us to turn our concern and anxiety about climate change into action.
Sculptor Keith Chidzey reflects on how the simple act of knitting a scarf (and building the world’s longest knitting needles) helps speak to the heart and scale of action needed to tackle climate change.
Gomeroi woman Bianca Manning reflects on the many stories the climate scarf tells, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the need for these stories and voices to inform and lead our calls for climate justice.
Sue Pyke shares the story of three generations working together to knit their climate stripe scarf - a journey of patience, persistence and purpose that weaves together their concern for the future and hopes for climate action.