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A Faith Based Challenge to COP26
Fr Seán McDonagh
Father Seán McDonagh, a Columban priest, has a long history of being a eco-activist and in 1985 his book ‘To Care for the Earth’ called for a new theology that would give as much prominence to creation as to redemption. Since then he has written many books and articles that have all contributed to a deeper understanding of what is happening to our ‘common home’ and the need to take radical action. He also contributed to the research which led to ‘Laudato Si’.
This is a wonderful opportunity to come together, as women and men of faith, to discern the action needed at COP26.
Eco-Congregation Scotland is delighted to support this Scottish Catholic Laity Network event with SCIAF, Laudato Si’ Animators and Eco Groups Scotland as part of the Season of Creation 2021.
Format of evening:
7.00 – 7.10 Welcome and Opening Prayer
7.10 – 8.30 Presentation by Seán followed by Q&A
8.30 – 9.00 Breakout Rooms based on Catholic Dioceses in Scotland, or England and Wales, or Parish if requested
18 – 26 September 2021
During Climate Fringe Week we join with civil society groups across Scotland to celebrate and support all the ways you can engage in climate activism; be that as part of an organisation, with your friends, family or wider community.
With COP26 coming to Glasgow, this is a key time to bring about climate action and the Scottish voice should be louder than ever.
This year Eco-Congregation Scotland and the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) combine to provide a bank of resources of real value to congregations, in a variety of current media, to facilitate ‘Creation Time/Creationtide/Season of Creation’ as, with Christians around the world, we dedicate this short ‘season’ to reflection on our often troubled relationship with the Earth.
After a year’s postponement, the COP26 United Nations climate conference in Glasgow has become the stimulating backdrop to prayer and preaching in 2021, drawing together many churches and faith traditions. Under the harsh glare of greater awareness of global crisis, the scriptures blossom with meaning and significance as resources for encouragement and reflection.
Congregations in Scotland will value both the challenge of welcome and the legacy: church simply must be “something different” – whilst also becoming even more profoundly communities of authentic prayer and commitment.
It’s an exciting time to be church, and one which requires courage, faith and cheerfulness; perhaps even playfulness as changing global conditions enable us to delight in the manifold green threads of the Bible emerging like shoots of God’s Word for today.
Its purpose is to help the Churches work together for peace and justice through listening, learning, praying, speaking and acting on public policy issues.
Join us for the launch of this year’s materials via Zoom on Thursday 19th of August 7.30- 9pm.
Please complete the form below to register for the event.
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