Bulletin Insert – November 19, 2017

For Such a Time as This: Climate Resiliency

The Episcopal Church and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America continue our united call to Pray, Fast and Act in support of good policies that provide opportunities for and respect the dignity of people struggling with poverty. As the earth’s climate continues to transition and threaten communities, we answer the call this month by supporting action for federal investment to make our nation, communities, and public services more resilient and better prepared in the face of increasingly common and destructive natural disasters and changing weather patterns.

This month, leaders from government, religious institutions, non-profits, and scientists gather in Bonn, Germany, to highlight the importance of international commitments to work together to address environmental challenges. As Anglicans, we must ensure that we advocate not only for ourselves, but for our fellow Anglicans, Christians, and humans, like those who see their island and coastal homes threatened by increasingly severe flooding and possible destruction.

 On November 21, join the EPPN and the presiding bishops of The Episcopal Church and the ELCA as we:  

PRAY for our nation’s elected leaders to invest in sustainable recovery and preparedness infrastructure designed for an uncertain and dangerous future.

“Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” For the Conservation of Natural Resources, The Book of Common Prayer

FAST to remember the damage wrought for so many around the world by environmental degradation and natural disasters.   

Share on social media using #PrayFastAct and @TheEPPN. On the 21st, post a picture of a dinner place setting with the reason you are fasting this month. We fast on this day in solidarity with people whose lives are threatened by rising sea levels, increasingly destructive storms, extreme droughts, and fires. If you are unable to fast, consider participating by abstaining from carbon or fossil fuel based resources.

ACT by urging our elected leaders to support strong policy solutions that address the increasingly urgent preparation and reconstruction needs of communities threatened by extreme and unpredictable weather. Prepare for action on the 21st by reading the one-pager on climate and resiliency from the Office of Government Relations: bit.ly/FSATNovember.

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  1. Rev. Bill Nesbit says:

    Oops! Is the Pray/Fast/Act date really October 21st, or is that a typo. My guess is that the date is really November 21st (At least that is what I am telling my folks). Besides, my TARDIS is in the shop right now, so I couldn’t handle October 21st anyway!

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