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Hope for the World in Paris

by Michael Ford last modified 04 Dec, 2015 11:17 AM

An ecumenical service in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, gathered 800 Christians to pray for creation during the COP21 Climate Change summit.

Hope for the World in Paris

Photo courtesy Sean H, World Council of Churches, via GREEN Anglicans

Bishop Nicholas writes, “The place was full. There were 3 choirs – Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant – and a similar mix of Church leaders. Having spoken at the Collège des Bernardins last week meeting the local Roman Catholics was a meeting of friends.

Click here for the Bishop’s address.

“The sermon was preached by an Orthodox, the Gospel was read by a female Lutheran Archbishop, Antje Jackelen, from Uppsala in Sweden who spoke at our General Synod in July.

"The prayers included mostly young people bringing objects to help focus our care for the gifts of creation – cotton, linen, a musical instrument, pottery, a globe...

“There was such a good atmosphere and a sense of solidarity that we must and we can do better. It was hopeful.

“Afterwards I met Andy Bowerman, now with the Anglican Alliance but formerly Team Rector of Wareham and still living in Dorset, who had cycled most of the way and had many adventures.

“There is a great team here from ACT (Action for Climate Justice) including friends from Christian Aid. Prayers for them and for all those taking part in the summit.

“To pray for peace in this world of so much violence was poignant in Paris.”

Photo courtesy Sean H from the World Council of Churches.
Click here for the original ‘GREEN Anglicans’ Facebook post.

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