Don’t Stop At The Lights

September 9, 2008

Faith groups are some of the most powerful agents of change.

Just think of the Catholic church as part of the Polish Solidarity movement or the newly elected leader of Paraguay (known as the Bishop of the Poor).

The Church of England recently released a new manual entitled, ‘Don’t Stop at the Lights‘ to encourage parishes to move towards a low-carbon community. It includes sermon ideas and extensive bible study notes drawing on ancient theological themes which aim to reconnect the church to the natural world and the roots of its faith. It inspires priests to make churches beacons in their community, offering case studies linked to the Church’s year including:

  • setting up a decorations swap shop during Advent for people to exchange unwanted decorations;
  • using Lent as an opportunity to carry out a complete internal environmental audit and to set targets, beginning on Ash Wednesday;
  • re-establishing the tradition of beating the bounds at Rogationtide to help refocus congregations on God’s gifts and the role of the Church in preserving justice and extending charity.

Isn’t it fantastic to see ever more and diverse become part of the Climate Movement?

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