Thursday, 07 May 2020

Time to Build a Better Future

Written by Rebecca Beisler
Rev Dr Raymond Joso leads a UCA group at the 2019 Climate strike Rev Dr Raymond Joso leads a UCA group at the 2019 Climate strike

A worldwide climate action led by school students is taking place on Friday 15 May.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has offered a reflection and prayer for people to use in worship as a way of showing their support for the young people leading this global action.

“We have seen what can be achieved in a very short space of time to address a crisis that threatens us all," Dr Palmer said in her reflection, in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We have another crisis that we need to face together – the crisis that our whole creation is groaning under the impacts of climate change, pollution, and degradation of our ecosystems. 

"Emerging from the COVID crisis – what will we do?

"As followers of Jesus, what are the values and practices we want to embrace and maintain? How will we bear witness to God’s vision of the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation?"

Dr Palmer's reflection and prayer can be used in worship on 17 May or anytime in the week of the Climate Strike.

With restrictions in place due to COVID-19 pandemic, the climate action will take place online (see details below) and UCA members are encouraged to show their support in creative ways.

UnitingEarth has encouraged UCA people to raise their voices together by sharing a video on their social media channels.

People are encouraged to finish the sentence “I support a safe climate future for all because…” and to post the video on their social media channels on the day of the School Strike (15 May) with the hashtags #uniting4climate #BuildaBetterFuture #ClimateStrikeOnline.

WATCH the message from the President.

Whilst there are many issues of concern during the pandemic, it is important not to lose focus on the crucial issues confronting our planet and all creation brought about by climate change.

This crisis and the current lockdown globally have shown us, in small ways, how the planet can recover if we reduce our carbon outputs and pollution generally.

As countries like ours gradually return to normal, it is important that economic recovery and government policy move us into a sustainable future for all creation.

We encourage all Uniting Church members to express their support for building a better future.

Ways to participate include:
• Sharing the reflection and prayer from UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer.
• Uniting Earth have developed liturgy resources here. We encourage your Church to participate in this liturgy on Sunday 10 May.
• A multifaith online service will be held on 15 May at 10am AEST. Organised by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, it aims to show support to school students across the world. Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer will be helping to lead the worship. You can find a Facebook event for it here.
• Attend the online School Strike 4 Climate interactive livestream on 15 May or other online community events.