Resources - Documents and Articles


World Environmental Month June 2014


Carbon Fast for Lent 2015




Resources for the Season of Creation


Sabbath Reflections: Capitalism and Inequity versus a Gospel Mandate

'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.


ACEN meeting in Peru, August 2011

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

Other documents and reports from the meeting: 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.


ACEN Documents & Articles

  •  'We Don't Have Much Time: Fracking and the environmental crisis', by the Revd Dr Canon Jeff Golliher, Programme Director for the Environment and Sustainable Communities, Anglican Communion Office at the UN in collaboration with the Executive Committee of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network. Extracted from Anglican World Magazine, November 2013

  •  The Hope We Share: A Vision For Copenhagen

    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.

  •  Responses to Climate Change

    A statement from the environmental network conference of the Anglican Communion meeting in Canberra, Australia , April 2005.

  •  The Stewardship of Creation

    Statement from the Anglican Communion Environmental Network in preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, September 2002.

Provincial and Regional Documents

  •   'Change Development Paradigm and Life style', the Rt Revd Thomas K Oommen, Deputy Moderator of Church of South India, November 2014: This paper points out that the people who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are those who have done the least to cause it and concludes with a strident call to the rich to change their development paradigm and life style.
  •  God's Earth, Our Home
    Five studies for individuals or groups based on 'Ecology and Economy', a lecture given by the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams at the University of Kent, Canterbury, March 2005. Compiled by members of the Anglican Social Justice Working Group, Diocese of Dunedin, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia.
  •  Food and Fasting: A resource for Lent published by Food Matters: Connecting faith and food. Food Matters is a project of the Diocese of Oxford in the Church of England. See
  •  Carbon Fast for Lent
    The Carbon Fast for Lent, adapted by the Anglican Church of South Africa from materials produced by Tearfund, invites Anglicans and all local faith communities to focus on specific Lenten 'acts of love and sacrifice', and to take time reflecting on our contribution to climate change and those most impacted by it.
  •  We Have Faith campaign statement
    'A green economy for sustainable development and poverty eradication in preparation for Rio+20 and beyond', from members of the faith communities of southern Africa
  •  Climate Change - A Challenge to the Churches in South Africa

    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.

  •  Religious Leaders for a Sustainable Future

    Report, Declaration and Resolutions from the Summit of Religious Leaders of Southern Africa meeting at Midrand, South Africa, 10 to 12 February 2009.

  •  A Pastoral Letter concerning 'Our Environment'

    from the Archbishop of Kenya the Most Rev Dr Eliud Wabukala to his Province, 6 August 2009.

  • Global Warming and Climate Change

    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?

  •  Economics and the Planet

    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.

  •  Theology, Climate Change and Justice

    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.

  •  Inter Faith Seminar on Environment and Sustainability: Practical action and the faith communities

    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.

  •  Presentation by Bishop George Browning to the 2010 Synod Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn - Population, Environment and Sustainability

Academic Publications by Anglicans

Liturgical Resources

Message for World Environment Day 2013 from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and chair of ACEN.

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  • 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. 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

  •  'Turn, then, and live' Ezekiel 18:32

    Liturgical Material on Climate Change compiled by The National Council of Churches in Denmark Climate Change Working Group for Creation Time 2009.

  • Audio Visual Resources

    • 'Nurture In His Name' is a series of short films produced in England aimed at encouraging environmental responsibility among congregations. The series takes its name from a quote by Archbishop Rowan Williams who asks Christians not to exploit the earth - not to squeeze it dry - but to nurture it in Christ's name.

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