Culture is what we would consider to be normal, and today’s culture allows us to see nature and our neighbour as merely resources; ways to get the things we want, or live the lives that we want. What is normal today is often defined by what is technically possible, rather than what is good for us, our neighbours, or our planet. As technology advances, we get used to doing things in a certain way and harmful attitudes become normalised.
On their own, people can find it difficult to break out of their bubbles and habits or free themselves from this self-interested way of looking at the world. Other people want to break free, as they see the damage that is done, but are disheartened. They find it hard to believe that their small actions can make a difference against such huge problems as climate change.
With our faith as motivation, we can praise God together for the beauty of his creation, live in hope and gratitude, and break free from the need to consume more than is necessary.
With our numbers, we can come to realise we are not alone in our efforts and that together great things are indeed possible. We can find contentment and hope in community actions.
With our church buildings, halls, and gardens we have the physical resources to both serve and enable others to take action. A parish should be a place that equips people with all they need to flourish. It should be a place that enables great projects, provides education, and allows encounter with neighbours and nature; breaking us out of our little bubbles. Above all, a parish praises God, with appreciation of the gift of our common home and human family.
The parish is a shared space for our God-given creativity in reimagining our world.
Let us prepare the future!
There are many different networks across the UK working to implement ecological and social change in their own communities. Get in touch with your diocesan environmental lead to find out what is going on in your diocese. Some dioceses have networks of parishioners or working groups within the diocese that you can become an active part of.
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