Climate Emergency: A Christian response – Saturday 29 June, 10.30am-4pm

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Climate Emergency: A Christian Response of Faith, Hope and Urgency – Operation Noah Annual Gathering 2019

When? Saturday 29 June, 10.30am – 4.00pm (10.30am arrivals for 11am start)

Where? CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB

Free event – donations welcome to cover costs of the event. Bring-and-share lunch; tea and coffee provided.

Keynote talk: Hannah Malcolm winner of the Church Times’ Theology Slam; workshops on divestment, Extinction Rebellion/Christian Climate Action and eco-spirituality.

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The event is open to anyone, you do not have to be a member to come along.

This year, we have seen significant developments in responding to the climate crisis. From Extinction Rebellion to school strikes for the climate, leading to the UK Parliament and Scottish and Welsh governments declaring a climate emergency. Churches in the UK have taken steps forward on fossil fuel divestment, and the United Reformed Church voted unanimously to divest in May.

Thousands of people are meeting their MPs this month to discuss the UK government’s response to the climate emergency. How can we increase the urgency of action?

Operation Noah’s annual gathering is a great opportunity to meet others, get inspired and share ideas on responding to the climate emergency in our churches, locally and on a national level.

We are delighted that our keynote speaker will be Hannah Malcolm, winner of the Church Times’ Theology Slam. Hannah is also coordinator for God and the Big Bang. This is a national project helping children, young people and teachers engage with the dialogue between science and faith. Prior to moving to Manchester Hannah lived and worked at Hilfield Friary, the first recipient of the Eco Church Gold Award in the UK.

You will have a choice of two out of the following three workshops:

  1. Taking direct action for the climate – Christian Climate Action & Extinction Rebellion: A discussion led by Operation Noah trustees Holly Petersen and Ruth Jarman. Holly and Ruth are also members of Christian Climate Action which has been at the forefront of the recent Extinction Rebellion protests in London.
  2. Divest your church – James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager for Operation Noah: How can we build the brighter, cleaner future we all want to see? This workshop will be an opportunity to hear inspiring stories on fossil free Churches. We will share ideas on getting the national Churches to divest. You will also learn how your local church can join the movement.
  3. Saving the world is a spiritual matter – Rev. Alex Mabbs, Minister of Brighthelm URC and Operation Noah trustee: How does the Biblical story of liberation, life in its fullness and the abundance of God tally with a climate emergency? How well do our prayers and our actions mesh? This workshop will look for a spirituality that could resource environmental action that is celebratory, creative and full of joy.

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