Are you interested in how your parish can help the environment? The Church of Ireland’s Church and Society Commission is holding a climate change and environment seminar at Church of Ireland House, Donegall Street, Belfast.
Stephen Trew, one of the speakers at the event said: “The Church has a key role in tackling climate change. We can speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and develop sustainable lifestyles and mission. This seminar will explain how your church can do more.”
When: Wednesday 14 November at 10.00 am, concluding with a light lunch at 1.00 pm
Stephen Trew (environmental campaigner) – A Biblical Perspective on the Environment
David Thomas (Christian Aid Belfast) – Impact of Climate Change on the Developing World
David Ritchie (Chief Officer, Representative Church Body) – Practical Action in Parish Life
New Wine Ireland is a Christian conference that takes place in Sligo each year. It aims to help local churches change nations.
I spoke at a seminar this year along with David Ritchie, the Chief Executive of the Church of Ireland's Representative Church Body. The seminar was on how local churches can help care for God's creation. The audio of the seminar is available from New Wine Ireland but I have put the text of my talk and a video of the slides below. The Church of Ireland also released a press article giving a summary of the seminar.
It's time to Care for Creation
Today David and I are going to give you two short and complementary perspectives on God’s creation and the actions we can take in response to environmental issues. Then we’ll take questions and hear what you have to say.
I’m going to cover three points: A call to careA call to act, and Time to Take action
[Slide 1] A call to care
Conferences like New Wine are great at stirring us up an…
Yesterday was the seminar on 'Helping parishes respond to climate change' organised by the Church of Ireland. It was very good to see this happen in Belfast and the was a lot of interest from attendees on how churches can do more on climate.
I was one of the speakers and it was great to have a full room in the Council Chamber in Church House in Belfast, beside the beautiful cathedral.
I have reproduced the slides and the text of the talk below.
A Biblical Perspective on the Environment
[Slide 1] I have been asked to set the scene and provide a Biblical Perspective on the environment. But to be honest, I do not know why I was asked, for I am not a theologian nor I am not a clergy person.
But I think the reason might be this - several years I was impacted by what the Bible has to say on about creation, how we treat it, and how the church has responded to the crisis unfolding before us.
And we are facing a crisis. Be it climate change, pollution, or loss of biodiversity. As the …