This month we bring you news of how to get involved in the next Global Divestment announcement and examples of Climate Sunday services taking place around the country. We’ve also been reviewing some resources we think you’ll find useful.
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Caroline Harmon, Operation Noah’s Communications Officer, takes a listen to new worship album, Doxecology.
In a world where the environmental message is growing in volume and urgency, there is a distinct paucity of songs that reflect a coherent biblical theology of creation, or of our place as humans within it. Put simply, there are not enough songs that say, ‘We love you, God, and we love your world. – Introduction, Doxecology Study Guide
If you’ve ever found yourself standing in a church service on a Sunday morning (or sitting on your sofa watching an online service) and despaired at the lack of reference to creation care in the worship, or indeed any part of the service, then Doxecology is the album for you.
Two years in the making, Resound Worship has gone on an international search to find 13 songs which aim to bring together doxology (praise) and ecology and the results don’t disappoint. The album includes a range of songs suitable for use in our churches, from the uplifting God of immeasurable might and We are the tenants of the King through to laments such as Hear the Song of our Lament.
Where Doxecology really comes into its own is all the extra materials that accompany it. As well as everything you need to use the songs in your own church (scores, backing tracks, videos demonstrating how to use the songs with limited instruments) there is also a Study Guide for use with small groups and by individuals. It features an impressive list of contributors, including Jack Wakefield from Tearfund, Dave Bookless of ARocha International and Jeremy Williams of Christian Climate Action. The guide even includes three service plans with prayers, poems, all-age activities, song suggestions, videos and more. Perfect if you’re planning a Climate Sunday for your church.
Operation Noah even gets a mention. One of the songs on the album, Tenants of the King, was inspired by Operation Noah’s small group study guide of the same name!
This autumn, we invite you to join our webinar series to find out how Catholic religious orders, dioceses and other organisations can use their investments to accelerate the clean energy transition and support a green recovery.
Part 1: Fossil fuel divestment: Accelerating the clean energy transition
This webinar gave an overview of how Catholic religious orders, dioceses and other organisations can divest from the fossil fuel industry and support a just recovery from Covid-19. It wwas an opportunity to find out why the Vatican recommended divestment from fossil fuel companies in June 2020.
Fr Augusto Zampini, Co-Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Dr Lorna Gold, Vice Chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement
Br Stephen Power SJ, former Treasurer of Jesuits in Britain
Sr Susan Francois CSJP, Assistant Congregation Leader and Congregation Treasurer, Sisters of St Joseph of Peace
James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager, Operation Noah
The webinar will give an overview of how Catholic religious orders, organisations and individuals can make investments with positive environmental and social impacts.
Lord Deben, Chair of UK’s Committee on Climate Change
Dr Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ, Director of Religious Life Institute at University of Cambridge
Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy and Communications at CAFOD
Sr Pat Daly OP, former Executive Director of Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment
Shaun Cooper, Head of Finance at Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood
Victoria Carrion, Director of Membership and Partnerships at the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative
This webinar series is sponsored by Operation Noah, Catholic Impact Investing Collective, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, CAFOD, Trocaire, Conference of Religious, Association of Provincial Bursars, National Justice & Peace Network and Justice and Peace Scotland.
Register to join the webinars
For more information about the webinars and to register for your place:
Marking the start of the annual season of Creationtide, the Climate Sunday initiative begins on Sunday 6 September with local churches across Britain and Ireland holding climate-focused services to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and of action on climate, to pray and to commit to action.
With the climate crisis accelerating and greater public support for a green recovery post COVID-19, there has never been a more crucial time for UK churches to come together to pray and act on the climate crisis. Over 700 churches registered before the year-long initiative has begun, so the organisers are hoping that there will be thousands of local Climate Sundays, with congregations from every denomination and tradition.
The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event in Glasgow on Sunday 5 September 2021, to celebrate the commitments made by churches at local level over the previous year. We will also present the UK government with the combined commitments and calls, which all local churches have made, to show our political leaders that they have our support for acting boldly, justly and compassionately on this issue.
The Climate Sunday initiative, organised by CTBI’s Environmental Issues Network (EIN), is the UK’s largest joint project planned by UK Churches on Climate Change, with formal backing from almost 20 organisations. The idea for Climate Sunday was conceived by Operation Noah.
Andy Atkins, the chair of the coalition, said: “With the climate crisis accelerating and the UK due to host the COP26 climate talks in November 2021 in Glasgow, we believe 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.
“Our vision is to leave a lasting legacy of thousands of UK churches better equipped to address this critical issue as part of their normal discipleship and mission; and to make a very significant contribution to civil society efforts to secure adequate national and international action at the COP26 conference.”
Church congregations can register to participate in Climate Sunday and access service resources for a range of traditions by visiting the Climate Sunday website.