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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…