Action, prayer and pilgrimage for climate change

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by Maranda St John Nicolle

AS the important Paris climate talks approach, churches are being invited to show their concern for creation in practical action, prayer, and pilgrimage. Earth

On the 10 October, the Diocese of Oxford is hosting a half day event in Abingdon called “How can I make a difference? Christians acting on climate change.” All interested church members are welcome. Local organisations will present opportunities to link up with projects that can help us live more sustainably; Hope for the Future, a national campaign started by members of the Church of England, will talk about opportunities to work with MPs and local councillors; there will be times of prayer and much sharing of ideas and experiences over coffee and a bring-and-share lunch. Visit www.earthingfaith.org.uk or ring 01235 851763 for more information or to book.

Many churches in our diocese will be praying for the climate talks, with a major climate service planned at Reading Minster for the evening of the 5 December. The Bishop of Reading, who is leading the planning for the service, has noted the importance of prayer for the climate and of our adding our voices to those around the world who are praying. The Christian prayer initiative Pray and Fast for the Climate has produced resources, available at www.prayandfastfortheclimate.org.uk, for prayer vigils at any time, as well as All Saints-themed materials for Sunday 1 November. During the period from 29 November to 12 December, they’ll be asking people to hold services, send prayers via social media, and sign up to cover the period in continuous prayer.

People from our area are also planning to join the Pilgrimage to Paris, sponsored by the Church of England, CAFOD, Christian Aid and Tearfund. Participants will walk or cycle from London to Paris, arriving in time to offer their prayers and witness of Christian concern at the services and rallies just prior to the talks. Christians will also be able to be ‘virtual pilgrims’ following the walkers online at www.pilgrimage2paris.org.uk and using the daily reflections and prayers prepared for the journey.

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