Pastoral

 

Ministry Team Letter for the Month

 

Dear Friends,

 

Creation is a gift from God. It is not ours to simply use as we wish, it is ours to nurture and safeguard so that we as Christians are part of bringing climate and ecological justice to all of creation, and hope for the future.

 

The Anglican Communion states that our fifth mark of mission is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the Earth.

In Glasgow between October 31st and November 12th COP 26 is happening.

 

This is a conference of all the parties who in 1994 signed up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a group whose stated aim is preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system.”  Leaders from around the world will gather to make decisions on behalf of all of us which if they get it right will bring fullness of life to all of creation. COP 26 matters. It has been called our "last best chance" as we head towards what the UN secretary general recently called "the verge of the abyss.”

 

The climate and ecological crisis is to my mind as much a justice issue as anything else, and because of that, and bearing in mind Micah 6:8, which reminds us to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly” with our God, I would love to see us as Christian community being involved with COP 26. I am going to Glasgow for the first week of the conference in order to be part of a faith vigil which will pray all day every day somewhere in the city, extending an open invitation for anyone who passes by to join us in silent prayer and meditation for our sacred planet. The vigil will also be online for anyone to join in, but of course you can hold the conference and all of us who are there in prayer on your own or with whoever you find yourself.

 

On Wednesday 27th at 7 pm I will be running a zoom meeting to tell anyone who is interested a little more about the climate and ecological emergency, COP 26, and ways of being involved - you should have already received an email from me with a link for that meeting if not, do ping me a message and I will get it to you.

 

The state of the world and our call as Christians to be part of bringing God’s kingdom should bring us to our knees (either physically or metaphorically). I hope that you can find your part within this and will join me in prayer for our leaders as they make big decisions on our behalf.

http://www.earthvigil.co.uk

 

           

Hilary

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