Climate Sunday: Church investment for a just and green recovery


This month, Operation Noah was invited to prepare the Climate Sunday theme on Climate and Finance, which explores fossil fuel divestment and investment in clean alternatives.

Operation Noah is one of the founders of Climate Sunday, which is calling on all local churches across Great Britain and Ireland to hold a climate-themed service on any Sunday between now and COP26 in November.

The Climate and Finance theme, written by Operation Noah’s Bright Now Campaign Officer Bokani Tshidzu, includes a blog and resources for a climate-themed service, prayers, videos and actions.

During their local Climate Sunday, churches are invited to do three things:

  1. Climate service: Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action.
  2. Commit: Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Call: Use their voice to tell politicians that they want a cleaner, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild a strong economy. Please read and sign the Climate Coalition’s ‘The Time Is Now’ declaration both as a church and an individual.

The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5 September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership at COP26. Local churches are asked to register their service on the Climate Sunday website before Sunday 5 September.

One example of the inspiring resources included in the Climate and Finance themed resource is the short film produced by award-winning vlogger and URC Youth member Isaac Harvey. The film highlights the impact of the climate crisis in Bangladesh, as well as the decision of his local church to divest.

Operation Noah’s Climate Sunday theme follows those by Tearfund on the Climate Emergency Toolkit and by A Rocha and Climate Stewards on Food and the changing climate. Over the next few months, different organisations will offer a blog article for reflection as well as church service resources including readings, music, videos and prayer suggestions. The resources are available to support a service across any Christian denomination. 

Climate Sunday was initiated by Operation Noah and is now organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland with support from Operation Noah and other charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund and A Rocha UK.

Climate Sunday: Divest your church

An increasing number of local churches are making commitments to divest from fossil fuels. Could your church join them and add its voice to the global divestment movement? You can find a list of UK churches that have made divestment commitments here.

Learn more about Climate Sunday and find the resource on Climate and Finance here.

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