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Climate Justice Affirmations

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The Irish Inter–Church Committee has adopted these affirmations on climate justice and care of creation. They were presented at the AGM of the Irish Council of Churches earlier this month.

The intention of the affirmations is twofold. Firstly to stimulate reflection on how our individual and collective actions and practices impact others through our impact on the environment and to consider how an alternative perspective drawing on biblical values of contentment and thankfulness could lead us to change those practices. Secondly they aim to provide a foundation and common starting point for churches in Ireland to work together and with partner organisations to address these issues practically.

Over the next few months we will be posting reflections on each one of these affirmations on this blog to look in a little more depth at the thinking behind them and begin to explore some ideas on how churches could engage with them.

Read the Affirmations below (click on each affirmation to read a short blog with more detail):

Climate, creation, Christian values and discipleship

Reimagining our spaces, practices, words and messages

 

1: For example: beehives in churchyards, planting practices that encourage pollinators and produce food, solar panels on church roofs, improving building insulation.

2: For example: an annual harvest service could augment traditional thankfulness for God’s provision with lament for damage resulting from exploitative agricultural practices.

3: For example: thinking ethically together about our choices in production and consumption, and our investment and disinvestment decisions.

4: For example: acknowledging positive progress, telling others what we are doing and asking for specific, achievable actions in conversations with canvassing politicians. Church leaders can together provide a credible and compassionate voice in direct communications with the Taoiseach and government ministers. Resources such as those developed by our partners in Christian Aid and Trócaire can help equip us for such conversations.

     

    Find more info from the resources section of our website:

    https://www.irishchurches.org/cmsfiles/ICC-Climate-Justice-Affirmations.pdf

     

     

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