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Our faith for the climate

‘The practical actions that need to be taken [to halt climate change] have been well rehearsed... but we also need a change of heart and a new imagination. In this, Christian theology and practice have a very significant part to play.’

This is the call of our new report, Song of the Prophets: a global theology of climate change.

Drawing on voices from the global South, it sets out a theological response to climate change.

And it also draws on the prophets of the Bible, who not only warn us of the consequences of our actions but also incite us to imagine a different world: more just, more beautiful, more filled with hope.

Hope against hope

Guillermo Kerber, a Uruguayan who has contributed to the report, reflects that Christian theology understands what it means to ‘hope against hope’ -  that we believe in God who makes all things new; the God who renews a covenant with us from generation to generation.

His specific suggestion is to urge Christians to pray, fast, meditate and set aside a part of each year as ‘Creation Time’ and so ‘feed our faith and hope’, deepening our sense of being part of creation and praising God for its beauty.

If you’ve found that fasting for the climate feels a lot like hard work (as I have, many times!), I hope this encourages you to keep it up.

Official launch

More encouragement comes this month as the Pray and Fast for the Climate movement is officially launched with a special service at St John’s Waterloo, and sister services around the country. 

This is a crucial year because global talks will take place in Paris next December. These services are a statement of our commitment to the planet and its people - not just for today but for the years ahead.

New prayer points will be available each month on the Pray and Fast website.

Please use them in personal and group prayer, and know that you are joining with Christians around the country who are dedicated to a just and meaningful global deal on climate. 

This blog is part of our monthly Fast for the Climate series. Find out more and join in here

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Sarah Rowe

Sarah Rowe is Churches Campaigns Officer for Christian Aid

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