Speakers

Book a Hope for Creation speaker

Hope for Creation organisers are informed, experienced, engaging speakers who can speak, teach, preach and run workshops for your church, school or group. Book a speaker by calling on (02) 9356 8500 or emailing admin@hopeforcreation.com.au

Mick-PopeDr Mick Pope is a lecturer in meteorology and climate, with a PhD in tropical climate from Monash University. He is also an eco-theologian with Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity and Society Reviews Editor, and has undergraduate qualifications in theology. Mick is involved with a number of groups in developing both a theology of creation care and promoting practical action, including TEAR, ISCAST, Friend of A Rocha Australia and Hope for Creation. He is currently coauthoring a book on climate change for Urban Neighbours of Hope, due out mid 2014.

R-Colbourne-Hoffman_280_250_s_c1_center_centerRachel Colbourne-Hoffman is TEAR Australia’s National Advocacy Coordinator. She brings her experience of working in various countries in Africa doing community development work as well as her human rights work at the grassroots level in Haiti and high level lobbying at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Rachel came back home to Australia passionate to change the systems in her own country that impact the poor everywhere. She is passionate about seeing the Australian community embody Jesus’ teachings by acting in love towards our global neighbours.

Gordon PreeceReverend Dr Gordon Preece is Director of Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity & Society www.ethos.org.au which launched on the issue of Climate Change, and has an Ethos Environment Think Tank taking a key role among evangelicals on the issue and increasingly with groups like Get Up also. Gordon is author of Ecology & Theology, and Ecology as Doxology. He is the author of Christian Super’s Ethics framework. They regularly win awards as most ethical or most ecological Super Fund. He is also Minister at St. Mark’s Spotswood.

CathCath James is the Environment Project Officer with the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania where she has spent nearly two decades encouraging the church to be more environmentally active and aware and have a voice on environmental issues. She lives in Castlemaine in an energy efficient strawbale house built by her and her husband, surrounded by a permaculture garden.

ben_photo_smBen Thurley is political engagement coordinator for Micah Challenge Australia. He worked as advocacy advisor for TEAR Australia, before moving with his family to Nepal from 2008 until 2011, where he worked with United Mission to Nepal, helping Nepali community organisations in their efforts to advocate on human rights issues and for greater government accountability. In Nepal, he also helped support efforts of communities to adapt to climate change impacts. He has degrees in Arts and Theology.

staff_ben_clarke_280_250_s_c1_center_centerBen Clarke is SA State Coordinator with TEAR Australia and has worked as a pastor, church planter, community development officer and teacher. He is passionate about justice, a biblical understanding of the Kingdom of God, growing things, the people who grow things and for food justice. Ben speaks from the Bible, informed with his experience of the lives of the poor and marginalised, in a way that encourages and challenges us all to live for the “kingdom come”.

Byron SmithByron Smith is a fellow of the Centre for Public Christianity, is on the pastoral leadership team of St George’s Anglican Church, Paddington, and has a PhD in Christian Ethics. He regularly speaks and teaches on climate change and ecology and the ways this context shapes Christian discipleship and mission. He has been one of a number of Christian leaders represented at the Leard Forest blockade, seeking to halt development of the Maules Creek Mine.
gershGershon Nimbalker is Advocacy Manager at Baptist World Aid, member of Micah Challenge’s Campaign Strategy Group and Chair of the Australian Working Group of Stop the Traffik. He was the architect of Baptist World Aid’s Care for Creation campaign in 2010 and is also one of the brains behind the Ethical Fasion Guide and the Ethical Electronics Guide, seeking to show best practise for living wages, labour rights, and prevention of slavery in these industries.