'The Kingdom of God is the celebration of Sabbath economics, of generous hospitality and sacrificial compassion, of investment in all that builds community, and the rejection of amassing fortunes in barns...' This series of seven Sabbath reflections by Bishop George Browning are designed for individual or group use in parishes, seminaries and other study environments.
The Lima Statement and Action Plan
Creation is in crisis. This is the conclusion of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network meeting in Lima, Peru, August 2011. Each participant from around the Communion reported accelerating impacts from human-induced climate change and environmental degradation in their regions. Many participants also reported extensive ignorance and, in some cases, unwillingness to take action.
We were appropriately reminded by our host, the Bishop of Peru, the Rt Revd Bill Godfrey of the need to teach our people in terms they understand. We begin with the discovery in Jesus Christ of the Good News of the Kingdom which draws us together - moving us from a world that divides to a Gospel that gathers.
Together we discerned an urgent calling to seek environmental justice and to encourage Anglicans everywhere to challenge and transform individuals and systems that spoil the earth, affect local communities adversely, and refuse to imagine a different kind of global community.
Among those systems most in need of transformation is an economic system that knows no alternative to continual growth. Rather than having an economy that serves the well-being of communities, our communities (human and other-than-human) serve the well-being of the economy.
For a full report of the ACEN's meeting in Peru, see http://acen.anglicancommunion.org/reports/index.cfm.
Other documents and reports from the meeting:
www.cusichaca.org: The Cusichaca Trust has pioneered the restoration of traditional Andean agricultural terraces and irrigation canals and established itself as a leading exponent of 'applied archaeology' in rural development. The Trust works with local partners in Peru, devising projects that reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency amongst isolated rural communities, and showing how the technological achievements of the past can be put back to work to help solve contemporary problems.
a Statement from the Anglican Communion Environmental Network in preparation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference Of Parties (COP) meetings to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.
A statement from the environmental network conference of the Anglican Communion meeting in Canberra, Australia , April 2005.
Statement from the Anglican Communion Environmental Network in preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, September 2002.
A publication of the South African Council of Churches Climate Change Committee, November 2009. This document is a response to the urgent need for churches in South Africa to engage in theological reflection on the challenges posed by climate change in order to discern the signs of the times.
Report, Declaration and Resolutions from the Summit of Religious Leaders of Southern Africa meeting at Midrand, South Africa, 10 to 12 February 2009.
from the Archbishop of Kenya the Most Rev Dr Eliud Wabukala to his Province, 6 August 2009.
A presentation by the Co-Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church in Aoteara, New Zealand & Polynesia to the 2009 Primates' Meeting 2009 in Alexandria, Egypt. The presentation has four main parts: The evidence and effects of global warming and climate change; A Biblical imperative; The Christian moral climate; What can the church do?
The 2010 Ruth Edgecombe Environmental Challenges lecture held at the KZN University Pietermaritzburg campus, South Africa, by Bishop Geoff Davies, Director of the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI). Bishop Davies looks at the environmental challenges confronting humanity under the headings of environmental destruction, involving biodiversity loss, habitat destruction and pollution of our life support systems; political violence, poverty and climate change.
A paper written by Bishop Geoff Davies, Director of the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI), for the Southern African Economic Justice Network (EJN), that considers why Christians should be involved in environmental issues.
This is the report of an event on 21 March 2011, organised by Shrinking the Footprint, the Church of England's national environment campaign and the London School of Jewish Studies, for those who have responsibilities for managing and promoting environmental action within faith organisations.
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has produced this beautifully illustrated compendium of resources which can be dipped into, or used for a six-week liturgical cycle. The material is organised around six themes - Biodiversity, Land, Water, Climate Change, Need not Greed, and Stewardship of Creation, and under each of these headings are a eucharistic liturgy, background information to assist with the preparation of sermons and prayers, a reproducible fact sheet, and small group study material. The resources could be adapted to other contexts but we hope that it might inspire the development of similar resources in other Provinces or regions.
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has produced this second collection of liturgical resources for the Season of Creation. Its contents include material on climate change and eco-justice, food and environmental justice, water, sustainable energy and biodiversity.
Earth Day Liturgy (April 22 2009 and later)
The Stewardship of the Environment Task Force of the Anglican Diocese of Montreal (Canada) has put together a liturgy for Earth Day, which during 2009 is on April 22nd. It is hoped that you will use this liturgy on the following Sunday, the Third Sunday of Easter. It is available for download by following this link.
http://www.montreal.anglican.ca/z4mom/outreach_stewenv1.htm The PDF document prints as a booklet.
PLEASE NOTE: Some music is from the Canadian Hymnal COMMON PRAISE and may not be available in other collections. For more information please contact Bob Bergner at newberg@firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgical Material on Climate Change compiled by The National Council of Churches in Denmark Climate Change Working Group for Creation Time 2009.
This paper proposes a theological engagement with a metaphor that could transcend the duality between the 'green' environmental agenda and the 'brown' poverty agenda that has disabled development discourse for the past twenty years. The mix of green and brown suggests an olive agenda; which in turn provides a remarkably rich metaphor - the olive - that holds earth, land, climate, labour, time, family, food, nutrition, health, hunger, poverty, power and violence.
Looking at five contemporary Christian traditions - Evangelical, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran - this essay examines the relationship between Protestant mission thinking and the ecological crisis facing the earth. It then engages with the notions of agency, sin and grace to suggest an alternative Protestant approach to mission that is responsive to the depth of the crisis.