Wise men and women bearing gifts appear in a unique online calendar to bring Advent down to earth. They are clergy and conservationists – presenting specially written podcasts to promote prayer for the planet.
Their ‘thought for the day’-style audio clips can be found on A Rocha UK’s Hope for the World website. The aim of the calendar is to equip and inform listeners about the United Nations climate change talks in Paris.
From 1st December, each day brings a different message by such people as – Alpha pioneer Nicky Gumbel, TV presenter Peter Owen-Jones, Christian Aid chief Loretta Minghella, botanist explorer Sir Ghillean Prance and CAFOD director Chris Bain.
‘We have an amazing line-up of contributors. I’m excited about how this calendar can play a unique role in encouraging Christians to pray, reflect and act during the UN talks and the Advent season,’ said Churches And Theology Director Dr Valerio (pictured).
‘After the “coffee cup controversy” and supermarket commercials starring a man in the moon and a clumsy cat, A Rocha UK offers Hope for the World.‘
Dr Valerio will be speaking at the climate march in London on 29th November. This will be part of a worldwide programme of protest walks in major cities on the eve of the climate change talks, which run from 30th November to 12th December.
The podcasts can be heard at http://advent.arocha.org.uk. Enquirers don’t have to wait until December – they can register now for daily notifications. (Photo of Dr Ruth Valerio by Clive Price)