UN Climate Summit 2014

Citizens for Public Justice and the Canadian Council of Churches are mobilizing Christians across Canada ahead of the September 2014 UN Climate Summit. Everyone is invited to join their voices in support of concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and heal God’s beautiful creation.​

  1. Lead your church in study, prayer, and action using ​"Living Faithfully into a New Climate," a special package of worship resources related to the UN Climate Summit.

  2. Download CPJ's Climate Change Infographic

  3. Walk, bike or take the bus to church! Use our suggested bulletin inserts in the weeks before September 21. 

  4. Write a letter or send an email to let your MP how important climate change is to to you.​ Use CPJ's letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a guide.

  5. Read the latest CPJ articles on climate change.

  6. Make a donation to support CPJ's climate justice activities.​

  7. Let us know what is happening in your community.

Living Faithfully into a New Climate is a package of materials for Canadian faith communities to highlight the importance of the September 2014 UN Climate Summit and to enable increased engagement in creation advocacy and care as we move towards the December 2015 COP21 meeting in Paris.

A Bible Study on Creation Advocacy and Care

Drawing on materials originally published in Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis (CPJ, 2013), this study looks at biblical and theological perspectives on creation, explores the role of individuals, churches, and governments in caring and advocating for creation, and offers concrete tools that will assist communities of faith to move from interest to action, deliberately living into the Christian call to creation advocacy and care.

Download the Bible Study (PDF)  |   Download the Shades of Green list (PDF)  |  View Living Faithfully into a New Climate (YouTube) - still to come  |  View Begin With A Place You Love (YouTube)  |  View From Interest to Action (YouTube)

Sermon Notes

Speaking notes from three Christian denominations (which represent the three main traditions of the Canadian Council of Churches) have been written to offer inspiration to homilists preparing for Sunday, September 21, 2014. These notes have been generously contributed by:

  • Mardi Tindal, Immediate Past Moderator, The United Church of Canada. A vocal member of the World Council of Churches’ delegation to the UN Climate talks in 2009 and 2011.
  • Heather Eaton, a professor in Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.
  • Dr. Paul Ladouceur, a member of the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America.

Download the Sermons (PDF)

Hymns for Creation

As part of your engagement on “Living Faithfully into a New Climate,” you are invited to sing praises. The file below contains a short list of suggested hymns and where they can be found in the most common hymn books.

Download the Hymns (PDF)

Prayers of Intercession

Many congregations offer “Prayers of the People” or prayers of intercession as part of their regular Sunday worship. You are welcome to use the prayer that follows, as written, or to take one or more of the petitions for inclusion in your faith community’s prayers on Sunday, September 21.

Download the Prayers (PDF)

Activities for Youth and Young Adults

Like the Living Faithfully Bible Study, these activities invite us to begin with wonder and to explore how we can more deliberately living into the Christian call to creation advocacy and care.

Download the Activities for Youth and Young Adults (PDF)  |  View Living Faithfully into a New Climate (YouTube) - still to come  |  View Begin With A Place You Love (YouTube)  

Additional Activities

These interactive activities are recommended for use to complement the Living into a New Climate Bible Study and Activities for Youth and Young Adults.

Download the Additional Activities (PDF)  |  View Think Like a Mountain (YouTube)  |  View The Ecosystem of Christ (YouTube)

Climate Change Infographic

Climate change is a critical issue and has implications for Canadians and people around the world. Often, it can be overwhelming and we aren’t always sure where to start. With the support of the Canadian Council of Churches(link), CPJ has developed an infographic on the global climate change crisis and the need for action in Canada.

Download the Infographic

Walk, bike or take the bus to church! Use our suggested bulletin inserts in the weeks before September 21. 

 Suggested Bulletin Inserts

For Sunday, September 7th, 2014.

September 21 – Walk, Bike or Bus to Church: Climate change is among the most urgent spiritual and moral challenges of our day. On September 23rd The United Nations’ Secretary General will convene a Climate Summit in New York, inviting global leaders to focus on this pressing issue. On Sunday, of September 21, 2014, [insert name of your congregation] will join faith communities around the world to pray for the protection of God’s creation. Families are invited to plan ahead: cycle, car pool, or take public transit to church that weekend. Allow your action to mirror your faith!

For Sunday, September 14th, 2014.

September 21 – Walk, Bike or Bus to Church: On September 23rd, the United Nations’ Secretary General’s Climate Summit will open in New York. Here at [insert name of your congregation], we’ll join faith communities around the world and pray for the protection of God’s creation. Families are invited to participate by biking, car-pooling, or taking public transit to church on Sunday, September 21.  Allow your action to mirror your faith!

Write a letter or send an email to let your MP how important climate change is to to you.​ Use CPJ's letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a guide. 

Read the latest CPJ articles on climate change.

​​Make a donation to support CPJ's climate justice activities.​

Learn more with resources from:

Thanks to the following organizations for providing support for these initiatives:

      

 


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Receiving CPJ's monthly e-newsletter, JusticE-News
Donating to CPJ
Purchasing the book "Living Ecological Justice"