Sacrifice is a strong Christian principle. All the way back to our saviour Jesus Christ, there has been a long history of Christians being arrested for standing up for justice. Below we are starting to put together a Rebel Rogue Gallery. Each one of these Christians was arrested at an Extinction Rebellion protest, pushing to protect Gods beautiful creation and the worlds most vulnerable.
Rev Helen Burnett, is vicar of St Peter and St Pauls Chaldon in Southwark Diocese and mother of 4. She was arrested on Lambeth Bridge for obstruction of the highway and conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.
Fr Martin Newell cp is a Catholic priest from the Passionist congregation. Martin was born and lived most of his life in East London, but now lives in Birmingham where he works with asylum seekers and refugees. Martin is a cyclist, a spurs fan and has been arrested on multiple occasions as part of Extinction Rebellion protests.
Gill Davis is a grandma of 5 from Shropshire. The above photo is of her arrest during the October Rebellion last year where she was arrested for obstruction of the highway and breaching section 14. Gill says that Rev Helen Burnett prayed for her during her arrest which was a great comfort.
Ruth Jarman is a mother of 3 from Hampshire, who works in the charity sector and plays the fiddle at her church. She has been arrested multiple times for Extinction Rebellion protests.
Ray Leonard is a community development worker from Durham was arrested for willful obstruction of the highway on Lambeth Bridge during the October Rebellion 2019.
Phil Kingston, a Catholic granddad from Bristol, showed his dedication to tackling the climate crisis early on in Extinction Rebellion when on the first day he had to be removed 5 times from the road by police. Phil takes direct action for his grandchildren and has been arrested multiple times as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests.
Rev Hillary Bond was arrested for conspiracy to cause a public nuisance last October. The photo above was taken in Trafalgar square just after she was released following a night in a police cell.
Sam Wakeling is a Father of two from Sheffield who was arrested last year for public nuisance. When arrested he was taking part in a prayer vigil protesting aviation expansion at London City Airport.
Rev Sue Parfitt from Bristol has been arrested multiple times as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests. In the photo above Sue is being led away from the Tell the Truth boat which was located at Oxford Circus in the April Rebellion last year.
Richard Barnard is a member of Catholic Worker Movement and is inspired by Christian figures such as Dorothy Day. He has been arrested multiple times during the Extinction Rebellion protests.
Rev Jo Rand is a Methodist Minister serving in Cumbria. She was arrested for willful obstruction of the highway on Lambeth Bridge last year.
Nick Cooper is a Catholic and a shoe-maker from Northampton. He has been arrested a number of times at Extinction Rebellion protests. He was charged with obstruction of a railway along with four other CCA members after climbing onto a DLR train at Canary Wharf.
Rev Mark Coleman was the vicar of Rochdale at the time of his arrest in October 2019 for wilful obstruction of the highway. He also served as the Rochdale Borough Dean, working with the local authority and civic institutions for the common good. Mark is a recently retired, father of two who has Parkinson’s. With the help of others he has set up CCA and Extinction Rebellion groups in Rochdale Borough.
Reverend Professor David Jenkins is now retired and living in Carmarthenshire in Wales. He has 3 children and 3 grandchildren and enjoys walking, gardening and red wine. He was arrested as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests last year for willful obstruction of the highway.
Sheila Collins, a grandmother from Bristol has been arrested multiple times as part of Extinction Rebellion protest. In the photo above she is locked on to the lorry which was used to block the road for the Marble Arch Rebellion site in April last year. The lorry was later converted into a solar powered stage.
Rev’d Canon Jonathan Herbert was arrested for conspiracy to create a public nuisance and blocking a public highway. He is Chaplain to Gypsies and Travellers in Salisbury Diocese and lives at Hilfield Franciscan Friary.