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Building the faith voice for climate justice
The climate movement is bringing together many issues across the economic, political, environmental and social justice arenas to address the common goal of creating a fairer and safer world for all. The climate crisis is forcing us to rethink our economic models and how we share the planet's resources, and the unique opportunity to do things better on a global scale. The Christian community has an important role in mobilising the voice of faith for climate justice.
Come to our Supporters' Day to explore how we can mobilise our church communities to speak out, to consider what is unique to our Christian calling and how we can support faith-led climate campaigns. Following a short AGM to hear about our activities over the last year there will be a range of speakers and workshops, including how to mobilise churches; the pilgrimage to Paris and the People's Pilgrimage, introducing the eco drama tour; running prayer events for the Paris climate summit this November/December; exploring our Christian calling to action; next steps for the Bright Now campaign; faith and activism and key upcoming events.
10.30am Arrival and refreshments
Report from the Chair, and the Bright Now report
Nominations for board members and elections
11.40am The significance of pilgrimage for the UN climate summit with updates on the Pilgrimage to Paris and the People’s Pilgrimage (James Buchanan, Pilgrimage Co-ordinator and Jean Leston, Operation Noah board member)
12.10pm Introduction to the Riding Lights ‘Baked Alaska’ eco drama tour and how you can be involved (Nicky Bull and Chris Halliwell, Operation Noah board members)
12.20pm Exploring our hopes and concerns about the environment and our Christian calling to act (pairs exercise facilitated by Kate Allardyce)
1.00pm Lunch (please bring lunch to share)
2.00pm Workshop session one (45 minutes)
A. Mobilising your church community on environmental issues and climate change (Kate Allardyce and Jean Leston)
B. Next steps for the Bright Now campaign (Ellie Roberts and Mark Letcher)
2.50pm Workshop session two (45 minutes)
C. Running ‘Pray & Fast for the Climate’ events and other worship activities or actions in your church for the Paris COP this November/December (Isabel Carter)
D. Faith and activism: exploring the creative use of Non Violent Direct Action for Christians standing for justice and care of God’s creation (Caroline Harmon, Christian Climate Action)
3.50pm Action update on key upcoming events, including bunting-making for the climate lobby (Kate Allardyce)
4.20pm Worship session and closing prayer (Louisa Poole)
Directions to the venue
St Luke’s Church Centre, Great Colmore Street, Lee Bank, Birmingham B15 2AT
Directions by car
From Bristol Street: St Luke’s is just off Bristol Street, one of the main routes through the city centre. Turn left by the Etap Hotel. From Five ways: turn left down Bath Row, right into Cregoe Street and left into Great Colmore Street. There is on-site parking at the side of the centre plus disabled parking.
Directions from Birmingham New Street station: by bus or a 10-15 minute walk
Coming out of the station follow the signs to Moor Street and cross the road which brings you out by Boots. Catch the 80, 98 or 99 bus and go three stops (second stop after the large roundabout with the pagoda). Turn left into Cregore Street and then turn left at the Spar shop into Great Colmore Street and the church is on the left. If walking from the station follow signs to Moor Street, turn right into Smallbrook Ringway and go straight up the steep hill, crossing the large roundabout with the pagoda, walk as far as Perry Beeches free school and turn left into Cregore Street, then at the Spar turn left into Great Colmore Street.
Directions from Victoria Square, city centre:
If walking from Victoria Square, go down Hill Street by the main post office, cross the road and continue straight down until you hit Smallbrook Ringway where you turn right. Just before the island with the pagoda in it cross the road near the Jester pub. Turn left into Bristol Street. Walk along as far as St Catherine’s Church (with a dome on) which is at the bottom of Great Colmore Street. Either come under the underpass or walk a little further and use the pedestrian crossing. Walk straight up the hill and St Luke’s is on the right.