The Cherished Earth initiative of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland is about taking actions to, “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth, to respond to human need by loving service and to work to transform unjust structures of society”.
Martin Luther once said that, “if you preach the gospel in all aspects with the exception of the issues which deal specifically with your time you are not preaching the gospel at all.” Cherished Earth is therefore both a response and a call. It is a response to the unprecedented implications of climate change upon the world we live in (one of the chief issues of our time) and a call to live out the good news of Christ within this context.
Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, emphasised that, “for the church of the 21st Century, good ecology is not an optional extra but a matter of justice. It is therefore central to what it means to be a Christian”.
A Matter of Justice
Climate change is a matter of justice because, “the effects of climate change…will fall disproportionally on the poor and vulnerable in the world”
[ Bishop of London, the Rt Rev’d and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, chair of the Church of England “Shrinking the Footprint” programme ]
In this TEAR Fund (UK) video climate campaign leaders speak out on behalf of those affected by climate change. See the Climate Vulnerability Monitor for an interactive map showing which countries are causing climate change and which countries may be most affected around the world by the year 2030.
We believe actions speak
See examples of practical actions taken by parishes and ministry units in the Auckland Diocese by visiting the Sustainability Newsbites section of this website.
History of What We Believe
In April 2006, the Anglican Bishops of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia issued a joint statement acknowledging global climate change as “a real and present danger to the future of this planet and the survival of the species;” affirming the church’s support for exploration and cross party development of policy measures to address, contain and limit the extent and impact of climate change; committing to commending a policy of carbon neutrality; and calling on central and local governments, businesses and faith communities to work together in this important area…continue reading about the history including comments by The Most Reverend David Moxon, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See in Rome.
“Christians speak of hope that can meet the despair of a world that is rapidly running out of options and…the language of repentance, as turning and taking a different course. With this approach it can engage communities and encourage them toward a different path.”
Dr Nicola Hoggard Creegan
The Media section of this website lists books and videos that link the Christian faith with issues of the environment and climate change. Two examples are, “A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming” by Prof. Michael Northcott and “Surprised by Hope” by the Rt Revd Dr Tom Wright.
The Links section of this website lists other websites which contain in depth discussions about faith and climate change such as: The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion – Prof. Michael Northcott’s Faraday Research Seminar, “A Political Theology of Climate Change” is due to be held in Cambridge U.K. in October 2014. Another is The Jubilee Centre – find books, bible studies and climate change related resources on the Jubilee Centre website.
- For Dr Rowan Williams’ quotation see the Church of England’s National Environmental Campaign website, Shrinking the Footprint.
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