They wanted to involve a range of local churches and so held the event on a weekday evening, to avoid clashing with anyone’s Sunday services. 25 people attended from six different churches, including the Diocesan Environmental Officer. The event was also strongly supported by the local vicar, Rev. Peter Chantry.
The group appreciated the support of their local Church Engagement and Fundraising Officer from Christian Aid, Jez Gowers-Cromie; do get in touch with your local staff member to help plan your Talking Climate Justice event. Andrew used the Christian Aid materials from this DIY KIT, he found the script, power point and videos particularly useful, but do have a look through all the content to see what would work best for you.
People often wanted to chat as one large group, but there was time to work in pairs as well. The mood was very hopeful and inspiring, with an emphasis on future action – for your event it’s important to think about:
- how you split the group to make sure everyone can contribute, and
- how you move from conversation to action.
The topic of Church of England divestment in fossil fuels was also high on the agenda and participants made a pledge, looking to the future, to try and keep climate change on the agenda, in services, home groups, notices and newsletters. Andrew said,