Happy New Year? Key events anticipated from a Christian perspective

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Gloucesteshire Churches Environmental Justice Network (GCEJN)

GCEJN meeting via Zoom on Wednesday 20th January 2021 at 12.15pm

A video ofthe meeting is available by clicking here

 

Zero - 10.45 mins - Arthur Champion, Diocesan Environmental Advisor

10.45 - 34.00 mins - Cate Williams, Diocesan Environmental Engagement Officer

34.00 - 56.00 mins - Open discussion among 19 participants

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

UN Sustainable Development Goals

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climate-change/

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-trouble-with-greta-thunberg

https://youtu.be/zX6ZuImBh-M

Requested by Ernest Nelson: https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/review-the-moral-case-for-fossil-fuels-really

 

Covid-19 pandemic

https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4425

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/former-pfizer-vp-no-need-for-vaccines-the-pandemic-is-effectively-over

https://youtu.be/X-Aw-qYiRUc

 

1st January – Prince Charles and the “Terra Carter”

https://www.edie.net/news/7/Prince-Charles-launches--earth-charter--for-businesses-tackling-nature-and-climate-crises

 

22nd January - UN Nuclear Weapons Treaty 

https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/news-and-statements/bishops-letter-un-nuclear-weapons-treaty

 

25th to 29th January at Davos for the World Economic Forum and “The Great Reset”

https://www.weforum.org/focus/the-great-reset

  

1st – 12th December, COP 26 at Glasgow

https://www.ukcop26.org

 

A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

‘Most of our faith traditions agree that loving our neighbour is required if we say we love God.  And making our treatment of the most vulnerable the moral test of any society’s “righteousness” or integrity, as the biblical prophets always did, is ultimately the best way to make sure that we are protecting the life and dignity of all God’s children.’ 
‘People are longing for an inclusive vision of the common good.’
Jim Wallis, The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel brings hope to a world divided (Grand Rapids MI: Brazos 2013, 2014)  p.xii-xiii
 
Being saved has to do with the part we are playing now in God’s story and therefore with the question whether we have understood the story rightly.  It follows that our dialogue with people of other faiths must be about what is happening in the world now and about how we understand it and take our part in it.  It cannot be only, or even mainly, about our destiny as individual souls after death.  Insofar as the debate has concentrated on this latter question, it has been flawed.
Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (London: SPCK 1989 p.179.
 
‘The expectation of the promised future of the kingdom of God which is coming to man and the world to set them right and create life, makes us ready to expend ourselves unrestrainedly and unreservedly in love and in the work of the reconciliation of the world with God and his future.’
Jurgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope (London: SCM 1967) p.337.
 
‘No doubt there were exhausted, despairing people around these three poets who saw nothing new, who hoped nothing new, and who could speak nothing new.’
Walter Brueggemann, Hopeful Imagination: prophetic voices in exile (London: SCM 1992)  p.3