Irish Council of Churches – Climate Justice Affirmations

John BarryThis year the Irish Council of Churches AGM took place in the Jethro Centre in Lurgan at the beginning of April. The keynote address was given by Professor John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy at Queen’s University Belfast.

Professor Barry shared insights into the very real issue of Climate Breakdown and how churches and faith communities can care for creation. He spoke on the cardinal virtues of justice, courage, temperance and prudence as ways the Church can look to reform how the planet is being used. His message was one of hope; that if everyone is intentional in their actions then we can make a lasting difference.

Dr Damian Jackson, ICC Programme Officer then directed delegates to the collection of Shared Climate Justice and Care for Creation Affirmations from Member Churches and other organisations. These affirmations aim to stimulate reflection on how our actions impact the environment and others and also to provide a starting point for churches to work together in addressing these issues practically.

ICC is doing a series of blog posts - each reflecting on a different one of the affirmations. The first of these blog posts can be accessed here Climate Justice – The Preciousness of Creation that God Called Good.

Visit this link to read a summary of Professor John Barry's talk by Gillian Armstrong, Quaker representative at the AGM of the Irish Council of Churches.

Above photo: Professor John Barry © Irish Council of Churches, 2019.