Churches throughout Ireland are invited to celebrate God’s creation in September and October in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen in December. Resources from ‘Churches Together’.

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source – www.ecocongregationireland.org

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Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has put together a programme of resources to help churches observe A Time For Creation, which falls this year between 1st September and 4th October.

This year’s theme is Creation in Crisis – A Time for Prayer and Action.

The resources, which are free to download at www.ctbi.org.uk/creationtime, include sermon notes, prayers, liturgical materials, Bible-based group study notes, discussion group ideas for young people and action ideas for groups and individuals.

The materials were prepared by representatives of the four nations Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales,

Eco Congregation Ireland

Ireland is represented by a member of the Eco Congregation Ireland (ECI) committee. ECI is an inter-denominational project, involving the Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist churches as well as The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), that aims to encourage parishes and individuals to be more environmentally aware.

The resources are designed to enable churches, groups and individuals to focus on issues relating to the decisions that will be taken by world leaders at the UN summit in December. In the face of mounting evidence that we are heading for runaway climate change and massive losses in bio-diversity, there is the need for an international treaty that will bind governments to drastic and immediate cuts in carbon emissions. This will require courageous and far-sighted political leadership to transform our economy and many aspects of our culture.

More than ever, Christians are called to demonstrate their commitment to care for the environment by living simply and sustainably themselves and by pressing politicians to take the measures necessary at national and international level. This is underpinned by the hope we share as Christians, based ultimately on God’s good plans for his creation, the cosmic scope of Christ’s saving work and the Spirit’s renewing power at work within and through human beings.

Eco Congregation Ireland hopes that as many churches as possible will adopt an environment theme on at least one Sunday during A Time for Creation.

Sunday 4th October – Climate Change Day of Prayer

The Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is encouraging all churches to adopt 4th October as A Climate Change Day of Prayer. Christians of all denominations are asked to join together to express their concerns over the seriousness and urgency of our global situation and to pray that God’s will would be done during the decisive Copenhagen talks.

Further info and a range of resources are available on www.christian-ecology.org.uk.