‘Tis the Season of Creation!
In some denominations, September signifies the start of the annual season of creation (1 September- 4 October) and the recognition of it is growing. What started as an initiative by the Catholic and Orthodox churches, and was then joined by the Anglicans, is becoming a welcome month of focus on creation for many Christians of diverse denominations around the world. In the UK, some activities planned which you and your church might wish to take part in are:
- The Nations’ Climate Sunday service (5 September). The UK's Climate Sunday service will bring the commitments made by 1800+ churches across Britain and Ireland before the UK Government and the wider church. Signatures for our common ‘ask’ of government, the Time is Now declaration will also be presented. Register here to join us for the service, a live broadcast from Glasgow Cathedral consisting of a mixture of worship styles and traditions, with contributions from a range of denominations and organisations. More than 30 denominations and Christian charities have joined together to make Climate Sunday the biggest ecumenical initiative ahead of COP26.
Urgent alerts! First, we need churches to ensure that they have registered their services, and that we have the correct data to maximise the impact of their participation, for example in presenting the number of participating churches to the government. So, please register or re-register your service if the following apply a) Your church has held a service since January 2021 but you are not 100% sure it was registered on the website, with date, church name, etc. b) Your church held its service before February 2021. (Due to a technical problem in the early stages of the campaign, we have incomplete data on churches that registered a service before February 2021). We would far rather you registered twice (and we can then delete any duplicates) than not at all.
Second, if your church hasn’t yet held its own Climate Sunday, it is still worth doing it anytime before COP, where the final numbers will be presented to the government. But don’t forget to register your service and the commitments your own church makes on the Climate Sunday website, here, where you will also find great resources to inspire and help you.
- The Great Big Green Week (18 - 26 September). This will be an opportunity to raise the profile of climate change and how it is affecting nature and people, and the places we love, right here in the UK. A Rocha UK is joining with other members of The Climate Coalition and inviting our supporters to host events and activities locally. Alternatively, discover and support events taking place near you here.
Wild Christian ‘Campaign Friday’ event (24 September). We’re excited to bring our own contribution to The Great Big Green week, our first Wild Christian ‘Campaign Friday’ where we’ll discuss campaigning, highlight some relevant nature and climate campaigns, and take online action together. Visit Eventbrite for more details and register here.