A message from Fr John

Posted on: 09/11/2020

Dear Friends
Good morning
Now that we are in lockdown again, and the noise of traffic has diminished a little, it is possible to hear the birds. I’m afraid I can identify very few of them by their song but it lovely to listen to them. It’s a time to ponder our relationship with the environment and give thanks for sharing in the wonders of creation - and acknowledge our responsibilities too.
One of the first promises of President-Elect Biden was that he would take USA back into the Paris Agreement on climate change. This can only be a good thing for the Agreement and for building a consensus across the world - no single country can ‘go it alone’.

Our own bishop, Bishop John Arnold, is the Environment Lead for the Bishops' Conference, and he has joined over 60 UK faith leaders in writing to the Prime Minister to call on the government to deliver new, ambitious plans to tackle climate change.

The UK has the presidency for the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference that will be held in Glasgow in November 2021.

The faith leaders stress that, as COP26 President, the UK's single most important job is to rally all countries to raise ambition and put forward enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that limit a global temperature rise this century to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

The Paris Agreement, reached in the French capital at the COP21 climate conference in 2015, requests each country to outline and communicate their post-2020 climate actions, known as their NDCs, to set a course towards sustainable development to achieve this global warming commitment.

In their letter, the representatives of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist communities, emphasise that the UK government can lead by example:

"This is an historic moment for global leadership from the UK, to put forward a world-leading NDC to inspire all other nations of the world to do the same - arguably the most important investment that could be made in all our futures."

The letter points out the moral responsibility in making a strong commitment:

"Climate change affects humanity at the deepest level, raising profound questions about our relationship with the living world. As faith leaders in the UK, we know this especially because of our engagement with the poorest communities here and around the world who are already suffering most. We must all try to find the moral courage to confront these questions, and to transform ourselves and our society.

"Faith groups in the UK are already taking urgent climate action, with thousands of places of worship switching to renewable energy and religious groups divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting in measures to protect the environment."

Download the letter here: www.cbcew.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/11/NDCs-Faith-Leaders-Letter.pdf

This is taken from Independ

St Joseph, patron of all who about, pray for us

Every blessing
Fr John

Other News

A message from Fr John

Posted: 24 November 2020

Continuing our preparation for Advent, there’s a couple of little teachings from the Desert Fathers, the monks (and nuns) of the third and fourth centuries who strove to give up the luxuries of life in order to be closer to God and to each other in community.

A message from Fr John

Posted: 23 November 2020

After Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter, I though we might reflect on what love means in the light of the Gospel.

A message from Fr John

Posted: 22 November 2020

Did you  enjoy yesterday’s rainbow - fleeting as it was. A sign of hope and new life, please God.

View all news