CCA has local groups dotted around the UK. These are Christians of all ages and backgrounds, who support each other in caring for creation.
Over the last month, local groups have been carrying out actions and vigils of public witness in their local areas. It has been so exciting seeing the creativity and passion poured out in these. Some of these are outlined below.
In Leeds, Christians have been carrying out regular protests against Barclays bank as a stand against their funding of fossil fuel companies. On Ash Wednesday they organised a climate prayer vigil and a protest outside their local branch. Rev’d Jon Swales MBE was involved in the protest, he said ‘Barclays are the worst climate offending bank in Europe. If they don’t repent from their destructive ways Christians in Leeds will keep coming back to speak truth and urge repentance.’
Christians in Sheffield also protested outside of their local Barclays bank branch. They did this alongside their local Extinction Rebellion group. Banners were carried, with messages such as ‘Stop funding oil’ and tape was put across the entrance to the bank. Protests continued despite rainy weather.
In Cardiff a vigil was carried out as an act of public witness. The group held a time of prayer and spoke to people in the local community about the climate crisis. They also held a banner, which can be seen in the photo above.
It is so horrible to know that as well as the climate crisis, there is also the devastating news of the crisis in Ukraine. In Dorking Christians held a time of pause, where prayers were said for those experiencing desperation and fear. Members of CCA sat alongside their local Extinction Rebellion group.