Thanks to all who marched through Wellington with 8,000 others for Climate Change ahead of the Paris COP21 Conference and then joined us for ‘It’s Time’ prayers and waiata in the Cathedral.
It was wonderful to hear Bishop Justin as one of the speakers at the rally. We ran our short service in collaboration with colleagues from Caritas and the Catholic Archdiocese. The interactive prayer stations will stay up in the Cathedral during the Paris Conference – come and learn, reflect and pray, build a cairn and write a message to our world leaders on the glass narthex doors.
And let’s continue to pray for the leaders at the Conference and consider our parishes’ and our individual response.
A useful website to keep an eye on is http://cherished-earth.org.nz/
There’s also a report and photos on the Provincial news website: http://anglicantaonga.org.nz/News/Common-Life/chant
Bishop Justin writes:
Deep thanks to everyone from the Diocesan family who came along on Saturday to take part in the People’s Climate March. It was a privilege to be asked to speak as a representative of Wellington’s faith communities – and it was an inspiring experience to witness the 8,000-strong crowd make their way onto Parliament grounds.
Please continue to uphold the leaders of our world in your prayers as they meet in Paris in an attempt to reach lasting solutions for the future of God’s world.
Christians and Jews Come Together for the Environment
As their contribution to the Paris climate conference lead-up, congregations from St Peter’s on Willis Anglican Church and Temple Sinai (Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation) came together recently for an afternoon of Interfaith learning and activity about the environment. The session was also supported by the Transition Churches network.
The “God’s Earth – Our Home” event was planned to bring the congregations together to learn and seek societal and practical solutions to our current environmental crisis. The session included a hands-on environmental audit of the Temple Sinai premises in inner-city Wellington, led by several eco-design experts. It resulted in a raft of practical advice for Temple Sinai, as well as all individuals attending, in their own home lives.
Reverend Brian Dawson from St Peter’s on Willis said: “In the wake of the weekend’s climate marches, it’s crucial that we ground ourselves in our own space and responsibilities. As people of faith this was our way of taking a step in that direction and our ongoing challenge is to make that step a whole new march”.
Dr Paul Blaschke, chairman of the Temple Sinai Board of Management, commented that “Our duty as Jews is Tikkun Olam – repair of our world. Today we learnt together to do just this, individually and collectively.”