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Anglican Primates discuss climate change

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Primates of the Anglican Church discussed the impacts and response to climate change at their recent Primates’ Meeting. Archbishops shared about the devastating impacts of hurricanes in the Caribbean, floods in Asia and Pacific islands disappearing under rising sea levels.

Here are some interesting quotes from the Archbishops.

The Archbishop of Southern Africa, Thabo Makgoba said, we need to  “make the linkage between social justice and climate justice.”  And “What I hope will come from this meeting is a commitment by each primate to pray for social justice issues but to look at those with the eyes of saying the climate, the environment, the earth where they are happening, ought to be cared for,”

Archbishop George Takeli, the Primate of Melanesia, said, “Our stories are making the world become a very small world - that we are part of each other." "..what I begin to sense from the Primates’ Meeting is that all of us are moving towards creating a strong network to work together…

Time to 'Get Serious'

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The General Synod of the Anglican church in Australia has called on its government to ‘get serious’ about climate change. The proposer of the motion, the Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt, Dean of St John’s Cathedral Brisbane, said the federal government should deepen its commitment to the Paris Agreement of 2015. The motion called for the following actions:
For the Federal Government to act with a deepened sense of urgency to develop policies and practices that would allow Australia to achieve the reductions in carbon pollution it committed to at the Paris Climate talks in 2015.For the Church to get its own house in order by actively seeking to reduce its carbon footprint and the footprint generated by its investment portfolios. For the Church to more fully take its place in the public square and to be a more active participant in the Climate Change debate. And for the church to bring to bear the rich resources it possesses such as its theology of the environment in the Climate Change d…

Church and tree-huggers, unite!

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I would like to draw your attention to a great article, 'Church and tree-huggers, unite!' in this week’s The Church Times, by Joe Ware of Christian Aid.

Joe explains that there have been harmful relations between environmentalists and the church in the past,
‘The perceived divide between a gang of godless tree-huggers, on the one side, and an institution that cares only about saving souls at the expense of ecological destruction, on the other, caused a damaging impasse in which both creation care and evangelism suffer.’  Thankfully this frostiness between church and the environment is now thawing,
‘Like the arrival of Aslan in Narnia’s perpetual winter … spring is coming.’  The result is huge potential for the Kingdom of God. Thousands of churches have responded, by reducing fossil fuel usage through greater energy efficiency and switching energy providers, by greening their investments and divesting from fossil fuels, and by teaching about creation care. As the late evangeli…

How do we respond to environmental problems? New Wine 2017

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New Wine Ireland Seminar 2017 Monday 10 July IT Sligo 2:45pm in Seminar 4

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