8

Dec

2014

Christian activists perform Fossil Free Nativity outside Methodist Central Hall

 

Campaigners from Christian Climate Action and Divest London gathered outside Methodist Central Hall in central London on Saturday 6th December to perform a ‘Fossil Free Nativity’ and call on the Methodist Church and the Church of England to disinvest from fossil fuels.

Participants dressed up as wise men, shepherds, angels and characters from the Nativity to perform a re-telling of the Christmas story, which also included new figures such as BP, Shell and climate scientists.

The Nativity included re-written carols, such as:

                        Away in a manger in a place far away

                        A saviour was born for a world to obey

                        What has he taught us? Why do we ignore

                        His teachings on peace, loving kindness and more?

                        Christ loves his church dearly, he wants us to care

                        Not only for people but also for air

                        But air filled with carbon is destined to kill

                        So stop dirty money and be true to God’s will

Minister Daniel Woodhouse from the Methodist Headingly and West Circuit said, ‘I am committed to the Christian faith and the Methodist Church and the role they can play as an active force for good in the world. The Church has a proud honourable tradition of standing up for those who are voiceless – Methodists have been leaders in many social issues like prison reform and abolitionism. Now, we need to be leaders in our response to the threat of climate change and the impacts it will have on the poorest and most vulnerable across the world. The Church must stop investing in fossil fuel companies immediately as part of its ethical investments policy.’

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Following on from the divestment party outside St Paul’s on 25th October campaigners are calling on the Methodist Church and the Church of England to follow the Church of Sweden and the World Council of Churches, who announced earlier in the year that they would be divesting from fossil fuels.

Christian Climate Action are keen to see others put on similar Fossil Free Nativities, and so they have made the script of the play freely available for others to use (http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/archives/8134).

The participants and audience also coloured in and sent postcards to the Methodist Church calling on them to divest.

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Operation Noah is excited to see Christians leading creative actions like this to encourage debate on the ethics of fossil fuel investments within the Church. We welcome their call for churches to urgently move their money away from the industry threatening the future of our planet.

Operation Noah is also campaigning for the Methodist Church to disinvest from fossil fuels. Join our letter writing campaign to ask their ethical investment advisory body (JACEI) to divest or sign our petition calling for the Methodist Church to divest.

Photo Credit: Rikki Indymedia http://indyrikki.wordpress.com/

Photos free for non-commercial use, all other enquiries to Rikki at indyrikki.wordpress.com

Notes

  • Take a look at some more photos of the Fossil Free Nativity here – http://indyrikki.wordpress.com/
  • Christian Climate Action is a collection of Christians who are concerned about the effects of climate change on the future of our planet and its inhabitants. They hosted the Divestment Party on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral earlier this year. Join their Facebook to stay up to date on forthcoming actions, including a training day exploring non-violent direct action and the Gospel on 10 January.
  • Divest London is a citizens’ movement pushing institutions across London to divest from fossil fuels. Find out more by joining their Facebook page or visiting http://divestlondon.org.