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'Its an opportunity to pause and examine our own responsibilities': The Presbyterian Church in Ireland launches 'Climate Change Sundays'

by Kelly Valencia
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The Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian churches in Ireland are being encouraged to set aside one Sunday as a 'Climate Sunday'.

Ahead of the COP26 climate conference due to take place in the autumn in Glasgow, The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) wants to inspire its congregations to focus on God's creation and humanity's responsibility to be good stewards. 

Speaking to Premier, PCI's moderator, Right Rev Dr David Bruce said it's time for Christians to "ask the big questions, how are we responding to the changes that are taking place? How are we responsible? What can we do to behave wisely?"

"It seemed right to us at this point, to invite our churches to pray intentionally and to incorporate into a service of worship on some Sunday between now and then so that folks can pray wisely and well into this, but also pause and take time to examine our own responsibilities as God's people."

Rev Dr Bruce thinks Christians have a role to play in fighting climate change. 

"Psalm 24, says, The earth is the Lord's and everything in it. And that includes the flora and the fauna, as well as all the people who inhabit the planet. And he's also said that we are stewards of his creation, that we are to use it, to enjoy it, but to guard it, and cherish it as well, because it's a creation that is being renewed. And ultimately, it will be his purposes to hand back to us a new earth and a new heaven. So I think the idea of us being inhabitants of this gifted planet, gives us a posture of care and concern for its welfare."

A suite of free resources such as suggested prayers, biblical reflections and Scripture references are available for church leaders to include in their services.

"Service of worship will still be very much recognisably the service for that particular local church, but we're simply providing some scaffolding some resources that the local leadership may choose to use, if they wish," Rev Dr Bruce continued. 

A short video of Rev Dr Bruce in conversation with Environmental Management student, Olivia Elwood has also been produced. 

You can find out more about Climate Sundays here. 

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