Eco-Congregation Scotland is backing the new Climate Sunday initiative launched on World Environment Day, providing focus for churches committed to action combatting climate change.
Individual congregations will be encouraged to hold a special Climate Sunday during the year starting on 6th September 2020, the first Sunday in Creation Time, with free resources for every tradition and style of worship. Each church is invited to:
⛪ Hold a Climate Sunday service - focus worship and prayer on care for creation
♻ Commit to local action - reducing carbon emissions as a church community
🔔 Call for global action - the UK government to act and lead towards COP26
Climate Sunday culminates with a national event on Sunday 5th September 2021 to share church commitments and pray for bold action with courageous leadership at COP26 in Glasgow.
Organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) with initial backing from a range of denominations and charities, we will be encouraging more Scottish support for Climate Sunday and all churches to pray and act in the run-up to COP26.
Eco-Congregation Scotland chairperson Mary Sweetland said: "We need to take action as Christians who care for God’s creation, tackling the climate emergency with urgency now and for future generations. When we welcome thousands from around the world, online or in person to COP26, we can all demonstrate that we are taking action and leading by example in our own church and across the country. We all share a unique opportunity in the year ahead for transformational change, taking practical steps to change our own behaviour and calling on governments to agree global action when they gather in Glasgow. Climate Sunday helps link this directly with our spiritual life, focussing local churches on the environment in worship, prayer and action."
James Anthony is Climate Sunday project coordinator, currently on leave as one of our programme coordinators. We wish him well and encourage your own support. To register interest now, please visit the website where you can also read more on the launch.