Sunday 24 May 2020 – ‘Future of Faith and Activism: Clergy on the Front Lines’

The Council of Christians and Jews (Vic) Inc
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‘Future of Faith and Activism: Clergy on the Front Lines’

Sunday 24 May, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (AEST)

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Our featured speakers:

Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black has been the rabbi at the Leo Baeck Centre in East Kew since 2003.  In 2016 he received a Diploma in Social Change and Sustainability and feels it is important to put ‘prayer into practice‘.  He is strongly committed to environmental and interfaith action, and co-founded the Jewish Ecological Coalition (JECO).  He was also a board member of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), and has been very involved trying to Stop the Adani and associated coal mines in the Galilee Basin.  In conjunction with ARRCC, he has now launched the ‘Adani – Stop Coal, Start Solar’ campaign to encourage Adani to bring their extensive solar manufacturing and operating experience to Australia.  Jonathan believes we have an obligation to look after the planet for the sake of the future, has undertaken some non-violent direct action training and is willing to participate in NVDA if necessary to try to bring about the change that is so urgently required.
Thirty years ago Jonathan was considered a maverick when giving sermons about climate change, and has been a pioneer in that field ever since.  He built an ‘Earth-Sheltered’ (underground) house in his native London – cool in summer, warm in winter, and trialled a compressed natural gas-powered (CNG) car. In Melbourne he built a seven star ‘energy showhouse’ and since 2003, has driven hybrid cars but now has a ‘plug-in hybrid’ with zero emissions.  He is also currently building his third eco-house.

Rev Alexandra Sangster has been working as a Minister of the Word with the Uniting Church in Australia for over 15 years, and as an actor and facilitator for over 20 years.  She has taught at the National Theatre, the Centre for Theology and Ministry, and Whitley College, and has facilitated many retreats and workshops, in both the corporate and the community sector, designed to awaken, inspire and challenge.
Alex is passionate about breaking open story in ways that liberate, inspire and awaken, and in ways which create connections with the emerging church and those who are spiritually hungry but culturally anti-institution.  She works as an activist with Love Makes A Way and the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), and most recently has been arrested while blocking the gates up at the Adani frontline.  Alex hosts a Progressive Christian Podcast and is an actor and facilitator with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company (

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