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Join the Season of Creation: 1 September to 4 October 2017

 

Today marks the launch of Season of Creation (or Creation Time), when Christians around the world will be praying and caring for creation. Over the coming weeks, Season of Creation will provide an opportunity to celebrate creation and contemplate our role in protecting it.

Operation Noah is a partner in this year’s Season of Creation, which is being sponsored by the World Council of Churches, the Global Catholic Climate Movement and ACT Alliance. On 1 September 2017, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have released a joint statement for the World Day of Prayer for Creation.

During the Season of Creation, Christians around the world are invited to organise their own events upload them on the online map.

As well as events taking place around the world during the Season of Creation, there are plans for a number of online events. The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead an online Taizé prayer service on 19 September 2017. For more details and to register, visit the Season of Creation website.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement is planning a webinar on 6 September 2017 focusing on the link between divestment and mission, entitled Prophetic Actions and Voices on Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice: Silent Disinvestment or Public Divestment? While primarily intended for a Catholic audience, the webinar is open to all. More details of the event and how to sign up can be found here.

There are plans for a global fossil fuel divestment announcement on 4 October 2017, when Churches (both national and local) and religious communities around the world will join together in announcing their commitment to divest from fossil fuels.

Could your local church make a divestment commitment during the Season of Creation or in the months ahead? Any churches that commit to divest before 4 October can be part of the global divestment announcement mentioned above. Please let James Buchanan know if you are interested by emailing james.buchanan@operationnoah.org

To learn more on how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean alternatives, a step-by-step guide can be found in our booklet Divest Your Church. For churches that only have a bank account and do not have existing fossil fuel investments, this would involve a commitment not to invest in fossil fuels in future.

Or could your local church organise an event during the Season of Creation? Various resources are available to support with this, including the Season of Creation toolkit, Operation Noah’s sermon notes and worship material from Eco-Congregation Scotland.

Please join with us in prayer, and in action, for our common home.