October Team Letter from Revd Judy MillerOctober 3, 2019
Call to action: Making a Faith Bridge with Christian is Climate Action 7-19th October
To be honest, I’m often overwhelmed by the immensity of, and impending doom of the climate change discussion and felt powerless to take positive action to influence those leading environmental and energy policy. I get frustrated by the ‘deniers’, and yet more frustrated at the inevitable conclusion of MY contribution to the problem, due to the poverty of rural transport and my job based 35 miles away. I’m no Greta Thunberg!
Christian Climate Action (CCA) has encouraged me to consider a new way of responding. Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, building on the St Paul’s protest earlier this year, is encouraging people to engage in person, or prayer in an initiative planned in October, to be held outside parliament in Westminster.
He says “Christians are called by God to show the world what the divine image looks like- the image of a divine creator who brought the world to birth, called it good, and summoned human beings to reflect his divine care and delight through their own work in the world, animated by the gift of Christ’s spirit.
Christian Climate Action seeks to respond to that summons. In the face of impending environmental crisis, we need to encourage one another to grow more fully into the joyful responsibility we are made for.”
Faith is going to play a pivotal part in the October Rebellion- with a “Faith Bridge” signifying bringing Faith and action together. We are asked to imagine a sacred space above the water, formed by the still muttering of 24/7 prayer, a place of prophesy and worship, a space to cry out together and grow hope together. As it says in Romans “Creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” Whether I get to stand side by side in person, or in prayer, has yet to be decided.
BUT, Can I find the courage to stand up for the creation that God deemed GOOD, by embodying the sacrificial love Christ taught us, for you, for me, for us and our children and grandchildren? Can I/can we practice a better way of being in this world, recognising and practicing small steps of housekeeping and husbandry, with regularity, for best effect; for all of our futures, in the name and for the sake of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?
Will you join me, and other Christian Climate Action supporters, in prayers and/or peaceful protest, this October? https://christianclimateaction.org
Revd Judy Miller