by Rev. Elizabeth
Today I Pray and Fast for the Climate. Why? Because climate change is real, climate change is caused by human action, and because the poor suffer most of all. The first step in taking action is to stand in solidarity with those who are suffering most from our collective inaction. I join with the group of Anglican Bishops from dioceses across the global Communion who published “The World is Our Host: A Call to Urgent Action for Climate Justice.” Pray, Fast, Act . . . while we still have time.
Watch the Fast For the Climate video below.
Read below, excerpts from “The World is Our Host.”
“At this time of unprecedented climate crisis, we call all our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion to join us in prayer and in pastoral, priestly and prophetic action. We call with humility, but with urgent determination enlivened by our faith in God who is Creator and Redeemer and by the pain of our people’s experience in our dioceses and provinces, and their need for seeds of hope. . .
[At our meeting in South Africa in February 2015] we shared the understanding that creation is holy, and that we are called to serve (ebed) and protect (shamar) the earth now and for future generations (Genesis 2:15). We recognized that we have been complicit in a theology of dominion (Genesis 1:26), and realized that human dominion over the earth can only be exercised in the light of Jesus’ command that the greatest is the one who serves (Luke 22.26). We acknowledged that there are large economic and political issues at play in this complex conversation around unexploited fossil fuel reserves and the development of sustainable and renewable forms of energy: including the subsidization of fossil fuel industries and the powerful influence of big business on government policy throughout the world. . .
We undertake to fast for climate justice on the first day of every month in solidarity with the earth and in acknowledgement that our own common life as a Church has contributed to the current climate crisis. Our fast will continue for as long as we prayerfully discern that we stand in need of repentance as a Church."
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