Care of Creation

The Catholic Union hosted a webinar with The Rt Hon Lord Deben (John Selwyn Gummer) on the subject of “Climate Change – The Gospel Imperative” on Tuesday 23 March 2021. Lord Deben is a former Secretary of State for the Environment and is currently Chairman of the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change. His talk included a look ahead to the COP 26 UN conference in Glasgow later this year and a powerful appeal to all Catholics to be involved.
Pope Francis – TED Talk October 2020 – Our Moral Imperative to Act on Climate Change

KEY CLIMATE DATES 2021
LINKS TO EVENTS & ORGANISATIONS

SHOW THE LOVE
2021 grants us a unique opportunity to contribute to protecting our planet and her people, as the UK hosts the UN Climate Conference, COP26,
in Glasgow, Scotland, 1-12 November 2021.

February 2021 – Showing the love with Green Hearts for the environment! 
Care of Creation London & South East Monday Lunchtime Briefings – Click for joining details

CARE OF CREATION BRIEFINGS ON ZOOM
EVERY MONDAY LUNCHTIME, 1.00-1.45PM

THROUGHOUT 2021

For the Zoom link, more details, or to be added to the Care of Creation mailing list please email Colette Joyce, Westminster Justice and Peace Co-ordinator, colettejoyce@rcdow.org.uk
or call her on 07593 434 905

Bringing together Catholics from five Dioceses in London and the South East to pray, share updates and ideas, discuss and take unified action for Climate Justice during 2021, leading up to the UN Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow, 1-12 November 2021. Also taking in all other aspects of the Care of Creation along the way, such as preventing habitat loss, protecting biodiversity, eliminating waste, promoting sustainable development, global racial justice, Live Simply Parishes, Journey to 2030…

Open to anyone sympathetic to the Catholic community and Catholic Social Teaching (especially Laudato Si’), concerned for the environment, interested in knowing more and seeking to participate in practical action.

Organising Group – Justice and Peace Commissions, CAFOD Participation Co-ordinators and Laudato Si’ Animators for the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arundel & Brighton, Brentwood, Portsmouth, Southwark & Westminster.

For the Zoom link, more details, or to be added to the Care of Creation mailing list please email
Colette Joyce, Westminster Justice and Peace Co-ordinator, colettejoyce@rcdow.org.uk
or call her on 07593 434 905

Watch Greta Thunberg in conversation with the Dalai Lama and leading scientists to get climate activism in 2021 under way globally. The discussion focuses on feedback loops and threats from the mechanisms that are accelerating the climate crisis.
Lent Resource

Produced by the
Archdiocese of Liverpool Justice & Peace Commission
with
CAFOD Liverpool.

There are 30 sessions covering Lent and the Season of Creation over a three year cycle, which can be used by groups in parishes or other settings.

The sessions follow the liturgical year, complementing the gospel readings with ideas for prayer and action.

The book can be downloaded electronically for free or purchased in print form.

Journey to 2030

Journey to 2030
Campaign from the Ecological Conversion Group focused on the next 10 years. They invite us to ‘Wake Up!’ to the urgency of climate breakdown.

Their main aim is to help church communities to be active in caring for our common home, using their varied resources and skills to make a difference.

They are encouraging the church to lead the way in tackling climate change and the ecological crisis.

Download the guide from the Journey to 2030 website.

UK Lent Course 2021

UK Laudato Si’ Animators
Six Thursdays in Lent

18 Feb – 25 March 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm

On Zoom

Join other people from across the UK to reflect on the environment with speakers, prayer and discussion, based around the “Global Healing” film resource.

These engaging documentaries will inform and challenge you to respond to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home. The first speaker will be Bishop John Arnold (Salford)

Hosted by the Global Catholic Climate Conference and UK Laudato Si’ Animators. Register

Global Healing & Global Caring are film-based events for parishes, groups and individuals. Free to download, they set out to inform, challenge and equip people to engage with the urgent call from Pope Francis to Care For Our Common Home. 

PRODUCED by CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales.

Free paper copies of the Reimagine Our Common Home poster can be ordered from CAFOD here: https://shop.cafod.org.uk/collections/our-common-home/products/re-imagine-our-common-home-poster

Keep Britain Tidy

Show support for the Great British Spring Clean!

  1. Organise a private clean-up with up with your family, flatmates or support bubble.
  2. Pledge to do your own individual clean-up. Start with as little as 15 minutes!
  3. Keep an eye out for government guidelines for volunteer groups nearer the time.

Keep Britain Tidy site

CAFOD Novena

Nine brief reflections asking St Francis of Assisi to pray for us and our world, based on his beautiful Canticle of the Sun. 

The pandemic shows us that “we have not heard the cry of the poor and our seriously ill planet” warns Pope Francis  (Urbi et Orbi, 2020)

Each has four phases: Canticle; Amazon voice; penitential prayer; plea for intercession.

Visit CAFOD site

Fossil Free Churches

Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity working to inspire action to solve the climate crisis.

Bright Now is a campaign run by Operation Noah calling on the Churches to divest from fossil fuel companies and invest in clean alternatives.

They are calling on churches to take an ethical lead in national debates on fossil fuels.

Learn More

BOOKS

There is No Planet B

Mike Berners-Lee (2019)

‘There is No Planet B’ gives the big-picture perspective on the environmental issues and poses major questions about how we live and think.

The subtitle of the book is ‘A Handbook for the Make or Break Years’ which aptly describes its content and purpose.

As well as analysis, you will find practical and inspiring ideas for what can be done to help humanity thrive on this – our only – planet.

Theology and Ecology in Dialogue

Dermot A. Lane
(2020)

This book builds bridges between theology and ecology.

It challenges theology to re-imagine who we are, who the Spirit is, who Christ is, where creation is going, and what is the role of liturgy in society—all in the glare of the climate crisis.

In listening to ecology, Lane seeks to open a conversation between religion and science in the context of climate change.

Time to Act

Jeremy Williams
(2020)

Written by members and friends of Christian Climate Action, this book sets out the moral and religious case for joining the struggle against climate change.

It reflects on the Christian tradition of non-violent direct action, and offers deeply moving testimonies by those engaged in such protests today, along with powerful sermons, prayers, liturgies and other spiritual resources.

Why not read one of these with your Book Group?
Or start a Book Group!

Earth Day Icon by Karen Blampied

Farm Street Jesuit Church and Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, held a joint Ecumenical Service in Mount Street Gardens to mark Climate Sunday 2020

Climate Sunday has been organised by the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, supported by charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, and Operation Noah.

Local churches are encouraged to hold a Climate Sunday any time during a one-year period from 6 September 2020 – the first Sunday in the annual Season of Creation.

Free resources are being provided to suit every tradition and style of worship. Each church is invited to do one or more of three things:

1. To hold a climate-focused service to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action.

2. To make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.

3. Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK government to take much bolder action on climate change in advance of COP26, and to strengthen its credibility to lead the international community to adopt a step change in action at COP26.

The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5 September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership at the COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow in November 2021.

Visit the Climate Sunday Website

Pope Francis began the Season of Creation with a call to respect and share equitably the resources of the earth.

See also:

Extinction Rebellion

Fridays for Future

UN Climate Conference of Parties (COP26) – Glasgow, 1-12 November 2021