The Covid-19 crisis has seen churches find their digital voice and feet, and applying this to the way we ‘do church’ – including caring for creation as part of the church’s mission. For example, the Church of England released details of its Net Zero 2030 target at the first virtual General Synod (23-25 November).
Churches’ joint action on climate change is set to grow further in the year ahead leading up to the UK hosting the critical UN climate negotiations in Glasgow in November 2021. For example, almost a thousand churches have already registered interest in joining the Climate Sunday initiative, a joint project of several denominations and christian charities including A Rocha UK.
Climate Sunday will equip churches to hold a climate focused service at a time of their choosing, to commit to more action themselves (such as going to the next level in Eco Church), and to signing a common call for the UK government to take bolder action on climate ‘at home’ before leading the international conference.
A Rocha UK’s CEO, Andy Atkins, and chair of Climate Sunday, said, “With the climate crisis accelerating and the UK hosting critical international climate talks in a year’s time, the time has come for all churches across the UK to pray about and act on the climate crisis, as we have done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Could you help your church hold a service and address the climate crisis? Find out more, and register your interest, on the provisional Climate Sunday website here. A full website will be launched in January