Fiji conference addresses climate change

Forty bishops and church leaders from across the Anglican Communion concluded this week a seven day consultation that seeks to set a common church response to the problems associated with climate change.

Forty bishops and church leaders from across the Anglican Communion concluded this week a seven day consultation in Fiji that seeks to set a common church response to the problems associated with climate change. The Rev. Tim Harford of the United Society (US) which organized the meeting entitled “Encountering God in the Storm” held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Suva told the Fiji Times: “The meeting is for the Anglican missions to set our agenda for the next three to five years so with this meet, we now know that climate change, migration and refugees are some of the things that our bishops and archbishops are faced with. Following this, we will work on how to resource them going forward.”  The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson represented the Church of England at the gathering and offered the Archbishop of Canterbury’s greetings to the group. “‘It is my prayer that this consultation will play a hugely significant role in defining a strategy going forward with climate justice,” the archbishop wrote. US Global Relations Director Rachel Parry said: “One of the aims of the US consultation is to encourage Anglican leaders worldwide to grapple more vigorously with climate justice, helping to raise the issue on political agendas and inspiring the church to help communities in devising local responses.” She added the meeting was also an “opportunity for Us to listen to the wider concerns of our global partners, including an exploration of how we can work together as an Anglican family in our efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.” 

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