Saturday Reflections Archive

Climate and Colour Series

Delivered during Advent 2020, this series was co-hosted with our friends at Green Christian.

If you are interested in this series, you may also wish to watch Climate and Colour, an event co-hosted by Christian Climate Action and Young Christian Climate Network. The event reflected on white privilege, a history of institutionalised racism in the church and the racial lens through which we view climate change, feel grief and plan action.

Climate and Colour 1: Race, Privilege and Climate Justice

In this powerful video, Jeremy Williams takes us through the harsh realities of the racial injustice of the unfolding climate crisis, in which the poorest parts of the world are disproportionately affected by a climate emergency driven by the world’s richest countries.

(Jeremy’s slides are available here, including a prayer response).

Climate and Colour Part 2: Stories from Christians of Colour

Radhika Bynon speaks about her work with the climate activism stories of Christians of colour for the Christian Aid Black Faith Leaders and Creation Care project. She reflects on diverse journeys to environmental activism and challenges us to de-centre the dominant narratives of the climate crisis.

Climate and Colour Part 3: The Racialised Effects of Pollution in Bristol

Samantha is a Bristol based singer-songwriter, teacher and activist of mixed Jamaican heritage. She is a member of Christian Climate Action and a contributor to the book Time to Act: A Resource Book by the Christians in Extinction Rebellion (2020).

To reflect on her talk, Sam encourages you to consider the following questions:

  • What is structural racism?
  • What is a racist policy?
  • What racist policies do you think are at play that produce structural environmental racism, in Bristol and around the UK?
  • What racist policies are at play that caused structural environmental racism in Ethiopia and more generally in the global south?
  • How can acknowledging this affect the language we use to describe the climate crisis?
  • How can this shape our demands and actions?
  • How can this affect our ministry, teaching and outreach?

You can read the study that Sam mentions, which modelled the climatic impacts of pollution from the global north in the global south, here.

Also refer to the these reflections by Ibrham X Kendi on what it means to be a racist and an antiracist.

Climate and Colour Part 4: The Olive Agenda

Israel is the founding director of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World and an Honorary Research Fellow at Queens Foundation for Theological Ecumenical Education in Birmingham. He is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and is the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic, multicultural inner city church in south east London.

***We only recorded audio for this session, and we were given permission by Israel himself to use his photograph to accompany our recording. We had some difficulties with sound quality which may be reflected in the playback and the subtitles. Please see a short outline of the essential points of Israel’s talk here***

The Road to Emmaus: Walking with Jesus in Disappointment

Rachie Ross revisits the story of the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13 – 35), inviting us to hear the voice of Jesus speaking into our experience of struggle, sorrow, confusion and disappointment around the Climate Crisis.

Seeing Differently: Activism from a Transformed World View

Brother Sam explores how our view of ourselves in relation to the the world around us can radically affect how we engage in climate activism. 

A Faith Response to the CEE Bill

Revd Vanessa Elston talks about how we can respond as Christians to the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill which will brought before the House of Commons as a private members bill in March 2021.

The Climate and Ecological Emergency and What We Can Do About It

We are so blessed to have the wisdom of Melanie Nazareth as part of Christian Climate Action. Here is her most recent talk for Green Christian, a must watch talk for this vital time in the climate crisis.

The Gospel in an Age of Trespass Series

Part 1: The Gospel in an Age of Trespass

Revd Vanessa Elston explores the role of relationship in our spiritual journey to justice.

Click here for a script of Vanessa’s talk.

Part 2: Worship in an Age of Utility

Revd Vanessa Elston consider how non-violent direct action is a form of worship.

Click here for the script of this session.

Part 3: Action and Contemplation in an Age of Apathy

In the last of this series, Revd Vanessa Elston looks at the roll prayer plays in non-violent direct action.

Click here for the script of this session.

The Bible’s Mandate for NVDA Series

Christian Climate Action is a group of people who carry out non-violent direct action, urging the government to make the changes needed to tackle this climate crisis. But why are we doing this as Christians? In this series, we outline the biblical mandate for non-violent direct action and civil disobedience. 

Mandate for NVDA Part 1: Five Old Testament Women

To start the series, eco-theologian Rachie Ross looks at five women woman in the Old Testament who practised civil disobedience.

Mandate for NVDA Part 2: Jesus and NVDA

In this session, Fr Martin Newell speaks about Jesus and non-violent direct action.

Mandate for NVDA Part 3: Q&A

Fr Martin Newall and eco-theologian Rachie Ross answer questions in response to the first two parts in this series on the Bible’s Mandate for Non-Violent Direct Action. 

Mandate for NVDA Part 4: Deborah and Jael

Rachie Ross leads a discussion on Deborah and Jael in the context of non-violent direct action, drawing on Judges 4 1-23.

Mandate for NVDA Parts 5 and 6: “Daniel” and “Kairos Time”

Martin Newell leads a discussion on Daniel, non-violent direct action and civil disobedience. You can find the transcript of this talk by clicking here.

Martin Newell leads a discussion on kairos time – ‘ Kairos time is a time for decision. God is acting, and we have to decide what side we are going to be on’. You can find the transcript of this talk by clicking here.

Mandate for NVDA Part 7: The Story of Huldah

Rachie Ross talks about the story of Huldah from 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles.