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‘Climate Sunday’ acclaimed by national Climate Coalition!

‘Climate Sunday’ acclaimed by national Climate Coalition!

‘A Serious Call’ to participate in ‘Climate Sunday’ – Renewed

• “We want to draw attention to the wonderful Climate Sunday… to call on churches across the UK to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before COP26.” (The Climate Coalition, a largely secular grouping of agencies with a combined membership of 22 million)

• ‘Creationtide’, the Season of Creation (1st Sept-4th October), with Harvest towards the end of September, provides the perfect opportunity for churches to hold a ‘Climate Sunday’ service! [But note that you can schedule it at any time before COP26 in November.]

• Over 1,000 churches have already signed up – but there are over forty thousand churches in the UK. So what are the rest waiting for?!

I sent information on ‘Climate Sunday’ (copied below) to The Climate Coalition, a largely secular grouping, the biggest in the UK, of over 100 agencies (Oxfam, W.I., Greenpeace, etc.) with a combined membership of 22 million people. They’ve now put out a nation-wide briefing as follows:

“We want to draw attention to the wonderful Climate Sunday… to call on churches across the UK to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before COP26… and you can find a wonderful virtual example of what they can look like here, led by David Golding from one of our members, North East CALL TO ACTION.”

Please do get your church to participate and encourage others to do likewise! [For this document in PDF, and further details, click HERE.]

‘A Serious Call’ to participate in ‘Climate Sunday’ – Renewed
Dr David Golding CBE
Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering,
and Honorary Chaplain, Newcastle University

The crucial, upcoming International Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, in November 2021, makes this a very special time indeed! It is potentially a ‘Kairos Moment’, a time of special opportunity and blessing for efforts to ward off the monstrous threat to all our children and grandchildren of global heating. The whole Christian community is being called to come together and with one voice to call for decisive action on this, the greatest moral and humanitarian challenge of our generation.

And this has never been more needed! On ‘Sunday Worship’ on Radio 4 on Sunday 7th March, 19-year old ‘Ruth’ spoke of how “confused and upset” – her words, how “confused and upset” she was by the failure of the church to respond to climate change and noted that, according to a recent survey, 90% of Christian young people regard this as a serious issue, but only 10% think the church is paying enough attention to it.

But how tragic it will be if most Christian churches turn their noses up at this proposal! Hence this ‘Serious Call – Renewed’ – details below.

Now is the Time…
to make clear our commitment to
‘The Care of Creation’

“We can no longer evade it…
because it is now brought so directly
before our eyes.”

So it was in 1789, with the slave trade:

“The nature and all the circumstances of this issue are now laid open to us. We can no longer plead ignorance; we can no longer evade it… We may spurn it. We may kick it out of our way, but we cannot avoid… seeing it, because it is now brought so directly before our eyes.” (William Wilberforce, First Address to Parliament on slavery, 12th May, 1789)

And so it is now, with the environmental crisis:

“Creation care is an urgent issue in today’s world… Only a wilful blindness worse than any proverbial ostrich’s head in the sand can ignore the facts of environmental destruction… To be unconcerned about it is to be either desperately ignorant or irresponsibly callous.” (Revd Chris Wright, All Souls, Langham Place, and Global Ambassador for the Langham Partnership.)

“We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency and that the world’s people face untold suffering due to the climate crisis unless there are major transformations to global society.” (Article in Bioscience endorsed by 11,000 scientists from 153 nations, 5th November 2019.)

If you’re a Christian believer, please ask YOUR church to have a ‘Climate Sunday’ – lots of resources available, or you can have what we used at Whitley Bay! You can schedule it at any time before COP26 in November 2021.

Climate Sunday is supported by a large coalition of churches and agencies, including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund and A Rocha, and commendations from church leaders are provided below.

During their local Climate Sunday, churches are invited to do one or more of three things:

1. Climate Service: Hold a climate-focused service at any time before COP26 in November 2021, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action. Make sure you register your service, either in advance, or retrospectively, at: https://www.climatesunday.org/register. Please do so before the national Climate Sunday event in Glasgow Cathedral, on Sunday 5th September 2021.

2. Commit: Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.

3. Call: Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK government to take much bolder action on climate change in this country in advance of COP26, and to strengthen its credibility to lead the international community to adopt a step change in action at COP26. The culmination of the campaign will be the national event in Glasgow Cathedral on Sunday 5th September 2021, which will be held to pray for bold action and courageous leadership at COP26, and when the involvement of the multitudes of churches that have participated will be made known.

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