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.

View our Constitution

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

Thea is a social worker and a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Kingsgrove. She has been actively involved in peace, justice and ecology for over 30 years.

Gill King 

Vice President

Gill King is a former public servant who now brings together people and ideas for game-changing visions and strategies to help us survive and thrive in the face of ecological crises, particularly climate change. She specialises in faith leadership, investment & urban design.

Gillian Reffell


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.

Susy Selvarajan

Susy is our newly appointed Treasurer. She is a qualified CPA with a degree in Accounting and Finance. She has around 10 years’ experience in auditing and policy work in the government sector. Susy has been a part of the youth group for the Sri Venkateswara Hindu temple and her passion is working in areas of social policy to bring positive change.

Ben Thurley

Ben is married to Lyndall and has two boys, Gabe and Jake. A long time campaigner on global justice, tax & transparency and climate change, until recently he worked with Micah Australia as Political Engagement Coordinator and as National Coordinator. Ben and his family lived in Nepal 2008–2012 as Advocacy Advisor with United Mission to Nepal, working with Nepalese organisations to become more effective advocates. Holding degrees in Arts, Education and Theology, Ben is passionate about encouraging and equipping all Australians to stand and speak up for justice.

Syed Mansoor

Syed is an engineer, a climate change enthusiast, a social entrepreneur and a low carbon solutions professional. His qualifications include a bachelors and two post-graduate degrees that have led him to being passionate about the global challenge of climate change. His social enterprise "water democracy" focuses on fulfilling the gap between the water purification technologies and the intended users in terms of high prices and complexity of the machines. Syed decided to develop user-focused water purification solutions by incorporating a systems and co-design approach to the solutions.

Stephen Kelly

Stephen has worked primarily in the area of industrial relations, working for a trade union at a national level, for the Fair Work Ombudsman and currently works in a policy role in government. He has a long background of involvement in social justice including working for the Young Christian Workers where his focus was applying an action/reflection approach in developing programs for refugees and casual workers. Stephen is a practicing Catholic and was motivated to become involved ARRCC by the recent encyclical by Pope Francis which connects over consumption in economically developed countries to inequality and derogation of God’s creation.

Former Committee Members

Vijai Singhal, Treasurer

Vijai Singhal
Former Treasurer

Vijai is a Director of the Hindu Council of Australia and has been involved in the climate change movement since 2007. His background is in information technology and business management.

Jenni Downes
Former Secretary and Online Comms Coordinator

Jenni is a Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, working primarily in the areas of Social Change (particularly around issues of food, consumption and waste) and Energy market policy and regulation. Jenni served on ARRCC's management committee from 2010 to 2015, held the Secretary position for 2 years and managed ARRCC's online communications. She now volunteers for the Community Energy sector.


Geraldine Kearney

Geraldine joined the ARRCC management committee in October 2012. She is Anglo-Burmese and migrated to Australia with her parents in 1952. She entered the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1966 and has ministered in schools across Australia as teacher and principal. She has recently returned from five years of ministry in Kiribati.


Miriam Pepper
Former Secretary

Miriam is the Uniting Earth Ministry Consultant with the Uniting Church NSW/ACT Synod, and a researcher with the National Church Life Survey and a fellow Australian Catholic University.  Miriam has been working with faith groups and community groups about faith and ecology/the environment since the mid 2000s.  She was a founding member of ARRCC, and served on the management committee from 2008 to 2015.

Bruce Cooke

Complimenting his Christian faith commitment " to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the face of the Earth", Bruce contributed to ARRCC as a passionate committee member from 2008 to 2014. Bruce is also a professional engineer specialised in energy management, and a lay assistant at St Mark's Anglican Church (South Hurstville) where he has championed and EcoChurch policy.

Vo Quang Huy Le (Johann Le)
Digital Content Coordinator

Johann is a 360 marketing professional with expertise in both traditional and digital marketing. He witnessed his people in Vietnam suffering from natural disasters, made more serious year by year as a consequence of global warming. Being the youngest member, he joined ARRCC with great faith in raising community awareness about this crucial matter. He is a Buddhist with strong Karma perception.

Cassandra Daw

Cassandra is a Visual Artist and designer with degrees in Visual Arts & Web Design. She believes in harmonious co-existence with all life on this planet, and is working to raise awareness of climate change issues & sustainable approaches to food and living.

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.

Murray Lobley

Murray Lobley is active in interfaith dialogue in the La Trobe Valley, Victoria.