Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter and the Environment: Heeding the Call for a Cultural and Spiritual Transformation

The symbolism of Easter offers an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the natural world and the shift of consciousness required for the survival of life on this planet. If we are to find a way forward we urgently need to address climate change and environmental degradation.  To alter our perilous trajectory we need to assume responsibility for the state of our world. Science alone will not take us where we need to go. We need a transformation that will enable us to address the wide range of human activities that are adversely impacting the Earth's ecosystems. Science alone cannot solve the crisis we face, to do that we will need a spiritual and cultural transformation.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Christian Climate Action: Non-Violent Easter Uprising

Christian Climate Action (CCA) is one of the faith groups that is taking part in the UK's Extinction Rebellion (XR).  CCA is an Affinity Group within XR and they are taking part in the International Rebellion that calls for "sustained mass disobedience". CCA is part of a wave of protests that started on April 15th and will continue until at least April 27th.

Caroline Harmon is with the CCA group and she said that her group has received messages of support from Christian communities around the world. Many told her that they are "inspired" by the CCA's protest actions.  "The Extinction Rebellion has brought a lot of new people into the world of activism and tapped into new energy." Harmon said. "We’re really keen to see more Christians get involved."

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Right Action: Ten Ways to Minimize your Footprint

God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking: god be in mine heart, and in my thinking; God be at my end, and and my departing. - John Rutter (b. 1945)

This is the fourth installment in an eight part series that offers information and tips related to climate action and protecting our environment. In response to an SEC poll, we created the Eightfold Path of Environmental Action which is a companion series to a video that is scheduled to be launched in 2019.  Here is a list of ten actions to minimize your footprint:

Friday, March 29, 2019

Earth Hour 2019: The Response of Christians in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal to this Year's Theme

Earth Hour takes place on Saturday March 30th between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm.  Faith communities all around the world are taking part. The theme for year's Earth Hour is nature, specifically speaking up about why nature matters. Christians in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal have done so in a poll that overwhelmingly demonstrates their support for nature. The poll also brings up some important issues regarding action and suggests some approaches that may prove helpful.

To see the results of the poll click here


Saturday, January 19, 2019

SEC's 4th Quarterly Report - Faith Leaders Climate Advocacy at COP24

The SEC's fourth quarterly report for Bishop Mary was prepared by the Stewardship of the Environment Committee (SEC) in January 2018. In addition to reviewing the SEC's fourth quarter efforts, this edition focuses on COP24 and faith leaders climate advocacy.  It also explores why faith leaders are good climate leaders.

Click here to read the report 

As always we welcome your comments and questions.
Richard Matthews, Chair of the SEC

Monday, January 7, 2019

Right Speech: How to Talk about Climate Change

God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking: god be in mine heart, and in my thinking; God be at my end, and and my departing.   - John Rutter (b. 1945)

This is the third installment in an eight part series that offers information and tips related to climate action and protecting our environment. The SEC's Eightfold Path of Environmental Action is a companion series to a video that is scheduled to be launched in 2019.