Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

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creation in crisis

action ideas


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These Action Ideas are part of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland's programme of resources to encourage and assist churches to observe a Time for Creation between 1 September and 4 October each year.

Our theme for 2009, Creation in Crisis - a time for prayer and action, specifically aims to help churches, groups and individuals to focus on issues relating to decisions that will need to be taken at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009, described by some as the "last chance for the planet". In this context, Christians are called more than ever to demonstrate their commitment to care for creation by living simply and sustainably themselves, as well as by pressing politicians to take the measures necessary at national and international level. All of this involves the need for action.

Below you will find:


Action suggestions
(Reproduced from the theme-based sermons. All links are to external websites)

Week 1: Creation in Crisis
Linking together the ecological, economic and social crises, and seeking God's alternative priorities.

Action Suggestions:

Week 2: Global Poverty
How Climate Change affects the poor hardest and why and how Christians are called to act.

Action Suggestions:

Week 3: What about Wildlife?
Why a healthy biodiverse environment is vital for human flourishing, and matters to God.

Action Suggestions:

Week 4: For Generations to Come
Our responsibility to ‘our children's children' and our grounds for hope beyond the crisis.

Action Suggestions:

Week 5: A Harvest of Hopeful Action
Harvest theme looking at Joseph - an ordinary hero who listened to God and acted hopefully.

Action Suggestions:

Action Links
(All links are to external websites)


Get going with the church check-up from Eco-congregation

Eco-congregation resources for action:
Module 7 looks at what you can do to green the building
Module 8 looks at greening the purse strings - how to make your church purchases and use of money more environmentally friendly
Module 9 looks at conservation in the church yard
Module 10 looks at personal lifestyles
Module 11 looks at how to reach out to the local community with a green message
Module 12 makes the global links on environmental issues

Operation Noah: The Christian climate change campaign

Operation Noah's Take Action pages include sections for Campaign Actions,
Community Actions and Personal Actions, as well as Past Actions. 

A Rocha UK

Living Lightly  - ideas to help you towards a simpler, greener lifestyle

Conservation in action  - Get involved with A Rocha UK's practical projects


Live Simply - A Catholic campaign on lifestyle change.

Christian Aid

What you can do in the Countdown to Copenhagen


Simple lifestyle changes you can make

Shrinking the Footprint

The Church of England's national environment campaign. Now contains new toolkits and resources with energy saving tips and guidance for churches, cathedrals, schools and clergy homes. These include downloadable action plans and checklists, along with advice on considering the appropriate use of renewable energy in church buildings.

Quaker Living Witness project


Online community committed to lifestyle change, with lots of ideas for action.

Get ideas from what Church communities have done in action locally

Church Times Green Church Awards

St Luke's Crosby, Liverpool has worked hard to create a breathing space for its community.

Read the story of the restoration of SS Mary & John's churchyard, Oxford

Hilfield Project - Franciscan environmental project in Dorset


Stop Climate Chaos Coalition march
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