Showing posts from 2019

Speech on the Five Marks of Mission

I believe that the church needs to raise its voice in response to the climate crisis. You have seen the protests in the news – in March this year 1.5 million children took to the streets in the School Strike movement crying out for change.  Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old leader of the climate movement, said last month in the House of Parliament, "We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back." As a church, we need to Act Now and respond to this crisis.  We need to have a clear message and mission for the age of climate breakdown. I am pleased to see the emphasis the Council of Mission has on the Five Marks of Mission. For we need to set a course, with all of the Five Marks of Mission as our guide. A clear presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ that includes justice for the suffering and care for cr…

A fossil free Church of Ireland

Speech to General Synod on 17 May 2019,

I’d like to draw Synod’s attention to the investment performance in 2018 on pages 30 and 31. It was a difficult year but the RCB investment committee and staff must be thanked for their superb work on behalf of the church. The returns from invested funds helps to support the mission and ministry of the church.

This reminds me that last year synod passed a motion to fully divest from all fossil fuels by 2022.

Actually, following that successful motion, a member of our Diocesan Council asked me how he could ethically invest his retirement lump sum. I told him that his investment manager could exclude unethical investments like fossil fuels. Six months later, he told me his investment manager had looked into it the options and was himself surprised to find out that green investment packages had performed better than traditional ones. He was going to recommend to other clients that they too should exclude fossil fuels.

New evidence produced by the IPCC…

Greta Thunberg should win the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019

Today, hundreds of thousands of children are marching for a better future. They want immediate action on climate change and they understand how radical a change that needs to be.  The movement was started by a lone voice - Greta Thunberg - a sixteen-year-old from Sweden. She started the #Fridays4Future movement by leaving school each Friday to stand outside the parliament in Stockholm with a sign calling for climate action.

I proposed that she should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Price in February and just this week it was announced she was one of the nominees. If public pressure rises then she will win this prize - let's make it happen.

Dear Nobel Committee,

I’d like to nominate Greta Thurnberg for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019.

Her #schoolstrike4climate action will save millions of lives and reduce the suffering of millions — Stephen Trew (@stephentrew) February 15, 2019