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Caring about our world

Public Policy Group

Environment Working Group

Lead Bishop

Bishop Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston

Diocesan Environment Officer and Convenor:

Sue Mallinson: suemalli@tiscali.co.uk

Area Environment Advisers:

Croydon: George Dow: georgedow51@btinternet.com
Kingston: Ian Christie: i.christie@surrey.ac.uk
Woolwich: Abigail Kingston: abigailkingston@hotmail.co.uk

At its November 2013 meeting the Southwark Diocesan Synod approved a new Diocesan policy on the environment called 'Taking Care of God's Creation', a copy of which can be downloaded from here along with a list of members of the Working Group.

Journeying towards Paris

CALLING PEOPLE of SOUTHWARK CHURCHES to come to the aid of the United Nations delegates at the UN Climate Conference, in Paris from 30 November - 12 December.

Sue Mallinson, Diocesan Environment Officer writes...

National leaders need to make an effective agreement to achieve a low-carbon future, by limiting greenhouse gas emissions from 2020, and preliminary discussions have not gone well - see: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34489266

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtham, Bishop of Salisbury, lead bishop on the environment, encourages us to join the journey towards a good outcome; particularly gathering people to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for the Conference. Prayer vigils, ‘climate’ marches and pilgrimages are planned in the UK and elsewhere. 

From All Saints Day, Sunday 1 November, to the end of the Conference we can match our prayers with those of other Christians; include reference to the Conference in worship;  use ideas, prayer and preaching resources, including liturgy based on Common Worship All Saints liturgy, and prayers developed by Giles Goddard from Times & Seasons (pages 602 and 604). All in the ‘Journeying towards Paris’ section of www.prayandfastfortheclimate.org.uk   

A Pilgrimage to Paris 13-27 November www.pilgrimage2paris.org.uk has been organised by the Church of England with Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund. Pilgrims leave St Martin in the Fields on Friday 13 November: walk south through the Kingston and Croydon Areas of Southwark Diocese for most of two days, to Crawley and beyond. In the following week: cross to Dieppe from Newhaven, reaching Paris on Friday 27 November.

Southwark churches will welcome the pilgrims and provide meals on their way south; the steel band from a Kennington School will serenade them; three bishops will meet them and they will walk supported by our prayers. Details of the route will be on the Southwark Diocesan website.

People could walk with the pilgrims in Southwark (need agreement of co-ordinator James Buchanan), but people cheering as they pass would be especially appreciated! It is a journey in faith to remind Conference delegates of the world’s interest.

Sunday 29 November: London Climate March to match Paris; organised by environmental agencies and faith groups. A quiet prayer space has been arranged in the Cathedral’s retrochoir; churches might wish to do the same.

People could wear green ribbons that day and afterwards as a sign of their concern.

Further details will be published here during November.