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Why as christians we should act on climate change

Below are some statements, press coverage, sermons and other contributions from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the lead bishop on the environment Nicholas Holtam Bishop of Salisbury.

Archbishop's remarks on Climate Change at General Synod
Urgent action needed on Climate Change
General Synod welcomes Climate Change policy

Bishop of Salisbury's sermon at Lambeth Declaration launch

Archbishop and Ecumenical Patriarch joint call for action on climate change

Bishop of Doncaster on the environment

Creationtide resources

The Creationtide season runs from 1 September until 4 October every year. There are resources available here which are designed to help churches who wish to celebrate and cherish God's gift to humanity in creation.

The worship resources include:

•  Material for Seasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Year from Common Worship: Times and Seasons, commended by the House of Bishops for use at the discretion of the minister available here.

•  Resources for worship and prayer produced by the Environment Task Group available here.

•  A series of liturgical resources, including collects, post-communion prayers, forms of intercession and additional material for the Eucharistic Prayer, produced for trial use by the Diocese of Guildford available here.

•  A liturgy for All-Age Worship, produced by Canon Vicky Johnson while an incumbent in the Diocese of Manchester available here.

Status of Liturgies

The material for Creation in Common Worship: Times and Seasons (2006), produced by the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England, has been commended for use by the House of Bishops. The Commission writes, in Times and Seasons, that "these services offer an opportunity to come with 'proper humility before God as source of all things, [to offer] gratitude for his goodness, and [pray for] responsibility in stewarding the resources of the earth". (Times and Seasons, p.596).

The Liturgical Commission expressed renewed support for services reflecting on Creation in 2014.'

Background to Creationtide

Creationtide is a concept introduced by the late Ecumenical Patriarch, Demetrios I, 1989.

Since then, September 1 (chosen because it is first day of the Orthodox ecclesiastical year) has been adopted as the start of Creationtide. This is the season, running to St Francis day on October 4, when churches and congregations are called to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the Earth and for all that lives upon it. Its start and end dates reflect that it is a shared idea between Western and Eastern Christianity.

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland adopted the concept in 2008. In 2016, Pope Francis declared 1 September an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creationtide.

While its adoption was in part driven by the complex environmental crises the human race faces, Creationtide draws on much deeper roots in Scripture and in older Christian traditions of the relationship between God, humanity and the created order.

The timing of Creationtide means it is an excellent way of rooting traditional harvest festivals in wider issues and firm theological ground.

 

 

 

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