GC E-News: Jan 2020
16 Jan 2020 – View Online
1. Epiphany Declaration for Fossil Free Churches
On 6th Jan (Epiphany) Operation Noah reported that that 20 Christian organisations in the UK – including churches, dioceses, Synods and religious orders – have announced their divestment from fossil fuels as part of the Epiphany Declaration for Fossil Free Churches.
The institutions joining the announcement include the Catholic Dioceses of Middlesbrough and Lancaster, two Catholic religious orders (the Congregation of Jesus and Presentation Sisters), two United Reformed Church Synods (Wales and South Western Synods), a theological college and several local Church of England, Methodist, URC and Baptist churches.
The Dioceses of Middlesbrough and Lancaster are the first Catholic dioceses in England and Wales to divest from fossil fuels.
Money Makes Change is an ECCR (The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility) programme. It is a set of resources designed to help Christians explore and make ethical choices around money. The first resource to be launched as part of the programme is for small groups – it offers a conversation based introduction to questions of money and faith. A handbook for facilitators, PowerPoint, handouts & worksheets, can be downloaded for free from ECCR website and https://www.eccr.org.uk/learning-materials/ with quotes such as:
“The money you pay into your pension isn’t just sitting around waiting for the day you retire. It’s invested in companies. They use your money to create the products and services we interact with every day. From the tea you drink in the morning to the television you watch at night. Your pension builds the world around you.”
Why not run a set of discussions / small group meetings where you live?
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4. GC Online Media and Website
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In just two days nine members of Green Christian have written to their MPs – about the bad idea (in the light of the climate emergency) to cut air passenger duty, for the sake of helping Flybe. I have printed some here. Maybe you could use these letters to help yourself compose a letter?
6.. Upcoming events (extra to those in the previous email)
1.) Erratum in previous email. I had the wrong date (19th) for this meeting in Wallasey. The notice should be:
2.) Fair Trade Fortnight 24 Feb – 8 March NOW is the time to prepare for Fair Trade Fortnight.
3.) 7 March 2020 Derby : JPIT Conference: Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate – The Riverside Centre DE24 8HY . We are pleased to announce there will be a Green Christian Stall at this event – so do call in at it.
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