29 May Speak Up #Fortheloveof
On 17 June, Christians will join with thousands of others in what’s expected to be the largest ever mass lobby on climate change in the UK. Lining the banks of the Thames, people will be sharing with their MPs their concerns around climate change and their visions for a fairer, more sustainable world.
Many Pray and Fast participants will be in attendance – and will be participating in special ecumenical services beforehand at 12:00 noon. The services are taking place in two locations – at the Emmanuel Centre (Marcham Street) and St Margaret’s, Westminster. If you are in good time, please go first to the Emmanuel Centre.
The services are being co-sponsored by numerous agencies, and church leaders from a wide variety of denominations and groups will be participating. We expect both to be quite full, so get there early! From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, there will also be an interfaith installation in Archbishop’s Park, on the south side of the Thames, where you can add your prayers to a giant heart.
You can download the complete guide to the event here. Please do also register for the service and lobby; you can do so through any of the Christian agencies.
Here’s what some “Pray and Fasters” have said about why they’re coming:
Sarah Rowe, a Pray and Faster who works for Christian Aid, says: “I know that my MP can only represent me if I take the time to tell him about the things I care about. At the start of a new government we have this great opportunity to put climate change high on the agenda by meeting as many MPs as possible, so I’m excited to lobby alongside thousands of others, knowing that we are all taking the same message to parliament: the world needs stronger action on climate change.”
“On Christmas Day, 1776, at the lowest point for the Americans in their War of Independence, George Washington addressed his weary and frost-bitten troops with words penned by Thomas Paine: ‘Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it.’
Will it be told to the future world that the Christian church and people ‘came forth’, at long last, to meet the current, great ‘common danger’ of climate change? A danger of which it has been rightly said that “Never have we faced a graver threat” (Lord Robert May, President of the Royal Society). I hope that it will be so, and I fast and pray on the first of each month, and will be coming to London on 17th June, to make my own contribution to that end.”