August #ThemeOfTheMonth: Climate & Environment

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How should Christians treat Creation and respond to climate crisis? Find out what three of our authors have to say about this during the course of August as part of our #ThemeOfTheMonth.

Ray Simpson, Founding Guardian of the Community of Aidan and Hilda and author of Celtic Christianity and Climate Crisis, argues that faced with the impending climate crisis and significant and irreparable damage being done to the earth, Christians are looking for inspiration and potential sources of hope—and the Celtic tradition may well be able to offer that hope by rooting us more deeply in God’s world.

The author sets out twelve elements which characterise Celtic Christianity as keys to helping humanity to reverse the escalating trajectory of the climate crisis – and live more simply. … [He] believes that Celtic Christianity, universally directed by Christ, selflessly applied and cherishing creation, can transform humanity to do God’s will on earth, as it is in heaven. Let us pray that this miracle comes to pass.

Trevor Sargent, Search

In her book, Like There’s No Tomorrow: Climate Crisis, Eco-Anxiety and God, Frances Ward reflects on how we can live with hope, even in the face of the inevitability of the radical impact of a climate catastrophe. She shows how it might be possible to continue to respond to God in faith, hope and love. And her deep lament provokes a fierce hope to enable humanity to live life to the full, like there’s no tomorrow.

Facing up to apocalypse is not a new challenge for the people of God. But rather than fearing an apocalypse at God’s hand, we now fear an apocalypse where it seems God has left the building. Like There’s No Tomorrow records two journeys: a canal boat voyage through the heart of England and the heartfelt pursuit of faith in a time of climate crisis. Buoyed beautifully by scripture, poetry, natural history, and theology, Ward invites us to turn fear to lament, finding the courage to be truthful, to grieve, and to give thanks.

Hannah Malcolm, winner of the Church Times Theology Slam 2019

Catastrophic climate change is the issue of our age—ethical, political, scientific, and theological—but few theologians have attended to it with the urgency and passion that it deserves. Not so with Frankie Ward. In Like There’s No Tomorrow emotion is allowed to be raw, and lamentation be loud, but equally there is hope here: for the climate, but also for an all-encompassing reorientation to a better way of life.

Andrew Davison, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

In Praying for the Earth Rob Kelsey provides a resource for congregations and for individual Christians who believe that environmental concerns should be an integral part of the public and private prayers of all Christian people.

The contemplation of the universe should lead us not only to the adoration of our creator, but also to take better responsibility for our actions, including repenting of our damage to the environment and misuse of natural resources. I hope this selection of prayers helps shape the praying heart of the Church and enliven our discipleship.

The Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter and Chair of the Liturgical Commission


This [book] provides the spiritual scaffolding for our prayers to help us change ourselves and our society so that we may take climate change seriously.

John Anderson, Methodist Recorder

Keep your eye on our blog and social media through out the month to see what these three authors have to say on our #ThemeOfTheMonth: Climate & Environment and pick up your copies of their books here

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