Anglicans across Australia and in Gippsland have been advocating for commitment to climate action in decision-making circles in 2022.
Did you know?
A climate action motion was made at the Anglican Church of Australia’s decision-making forum in May 2022 (Find out more about ‘General Synod’ here. Read about the motion here. Our Registrar, Mr Richard Connelly, spoke to the motion. You can watch it here (4:51).
In June 2022, the Gippsland Synod met and adopted the following motion: "That this Synod makes action on climate change a major focus for the Diocese of Gippsland over the coming three-year cycle of Synod, with parishes and all Diocesan Bodies making a commitment to:
- Learn about climate change, including its current and anticipated future impacts
- Study the theology of creation and other relevant theology
- Act to reduce emissions from church buildings and vehicles and to adopt patterns of church life that work towards this end
- Encourage individuals to reduce household emissions
- Pray for the wellbeing of all creation:
Creator God, giver of life
You sustain the earth and direct the nations
In this time of climate crisis
Grant us clarity to hear the groaning of creation and the cries of the poor
Challenge us to change out lifestyles
Guide our leaders to take courageous action
Enable your church to be a beacon of hope
Foster within us a renewed vision of your purposes for your world
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
By and for whom all things were made. AMEN
Prayer offered by Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrel, prior to COP26.