Is one of our most familiar and comforting passages of scripture open to a more radical interpretation? Continue reading The 23rd Psalm as radical manifesto for an alternative lifestyle
Climate science terminology filters through slowly to religious institutions so this post explores an approach to reducing carbon emissions that was first implemented in 2015. Being fair, the scheme is aimed at large multi-national business so we can, perhaps, be forgiven for not being a little slow on the up-take. Having said this it provides a much more reasoned and practical response to the climate … Continue reading What are “science based targets”?
A recent Methodist “Action for Hope” report states that the carbon footprint for the average person in the UK is 4.85 tonnes per person. I’ve recently calculated mine with carbonIndependent which states the average is 14.1 tonnes and with the WWF who use a target of 10.56 tonnes (for 2021). How can these be so different, and which one is correct? Continue reading What is the carbon footprint of the average person in the UK?
The writer of Ephesians 6:12-17 assumes a world afflicted by dark forces of supernatural origin and describes the metaphorical armour needed to struggle against these. The current climate emergency has been driven largely by dark forces of worldy origin. What armour do we need to struggle against these? Continue reading The powers of the present darkness
The story of Naaman being healed of his leprosy (2 Kings 5:2-3, 5 & 9-14) was written a long time ago, way before anyone had an inkling that it might even be possible for human behaviour to lead to catastrophic climate change. Read today, however, the story can lead us to important truths about what it is appropriate to ask of God, and of what he might ask of us. Continue reading Living as God requires
A series of six small group discussion sessions. Prepared originally for Lent 2021 but could be used at any time of the year. Continue reading Why and how should the church respond to the climate emergency?
A short video continuing the story of creation (Genesis 1) to reflect on how humans have started a process of uncreation. Continue reading Creation and uncreation
A sermon and prayer based on Luke 4:1-13. Continue reading Thinking about the temptations of Jesus in the context of climate change.
This is the first short video laying out some of the facts about climate change as a discusssion starter. These are a key feature of the small group study material that I am now working on. The main source is a press release from Oxfam at the time of the CoP meeting in Glasgow in November 2021 which you can download at this link. Continue reading Climate Justice – who emits and who suffers
A sermon based on Micah 4:1-5 preached shortly after I returned from participating in the public demonstration at the CoP 26 meeting in Glasgow. Continue reading Prophecy and protest