A MULTI-FAITH NETWORK
COMMITTED TO ACTION
ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Who We Are

ARRCC is a multi-faith, member-based organisation of people from around Australia who are committed to taking action on climate change. Our members represent a variety of religious traditions. We believe that as people dedicated to the common good, inspired by our beliefs and energized by our spirituality, people of all faiths can and should be at the forefront of creating a safe climate. While celebrating the uniqueness of our different traditions, we stand together in working for an ecologically and socially sustainable future.

ARRCC acknowledges the special place that Aboriginal culture and spirituality have in upholding care for the Earth. We have much to learn from the intimate connection our Aboriginal brothers and sisters have to country.

Organisational structure

ARRCC has both individual and organisational members from across Australia. A list of our organisational members is available on our Members and Supporters page. It is guided by a management committee that is responsible for ARRCC's broad strategic direction and for driving key programs and initiatives (see below). In the second half of 2013, GreenFaith Australia joined ARRCC, as a Victorian-based chapter now known as GreenFaith/ARRCC.

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ARRCC is an association incorporated in NSW, under the Associations Incorporation Act, and an Australian Registered Body, under the Corporations Act. View our Constitution and Statement of Objects (on the right).

Management committee

The Management Committee comprises individual ARRCC members from a range of traditions, to reflect with integrity the multi-faith nature of the organisation. It has had members from the Anglican, Baha’i, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Uniting Church and other traditions, each with a history of active engagement with environmental and/or justice issues. The committee may also include nominated representatives of organisational members, and has a place for one member of GreenFaith Australia's management committee. The Committee may have up to 10 members in total. It meets monthly and is elected at an Annual General Meeting held at the beginning of each year.

The management committee currently includes:

 

Thea Ormerod

President
Thea is a social worker and a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Kingsgrove, and has eight grandchildren. She has been actively involved in peace, justice and ecology for over 30 years, with organisations such as AFTINET, Jubilee Australia and Micah Challenge.  

Gillian Reffell

Secretary
Gillian Reffell - Gillian is a Buddhist practising with the Triratna Buddhist Community in Sydney and also a grass roots climate change activist. During a career in town planning and environment protection she developed skills primarily in strategic policy and land use planning.

Jonathan Keren-Black

Jonathan is Rabbi at the Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism in East Kew, Victoria, a founder member of JECO(the Jewish Ecological Coalition) and GreenFaith Australia, and a member of ARRCC's management committee.

Stephen Kelly

Stephen has worked primarily in the area of industrial relations, working for a trade union, the Fair Work Ombudsman and currently in a policy role in government. He has long been involved in social justice including working for the Young Christian Workers. Stephen is a practising Catholic and was motivated to become involved ARRCC by Laudato Si', the recent encyclical by Pope Francis.

John Carroll

John was a pastor for many years in Western Sydney. He has been involved in a number of organisations relating to climate action. At present he is working as a refugee advocate.

Warren Talbot

Treasurer
Warren convenes the Earthweb Team at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney. He is very experienced in policy and administration, having been a senior executive with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Executive Director of  the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and the National LGBTI Health Alliance. Warren is studying for a Master of Theology degree in ecological hermeneutics.