The Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s Environmental Network (Green Anglicans) together with the Anglican Province of Central Africa, will host 75 young participants on a week-long conference in Zambia. Beginning on the 4th of April to the 11th of April 2016, the conference will be held at the Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Lusaka.
Participants were chosen by their diocese as movers and shakers on care for creation, to learn on how to grow environmental ministry further in their regions. Dioceses represented include: Angola, Free State, Highveld, Johannesburg, Lebombo, Lesotho, Namibia, Natal, Niassa, Pretoria, Saldanah Bay, Swaziland.
The purpose of the conference is to equip young people across the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, with methods of advocacy, behavioural changes, research and design thinking. All of this will assist the young people in building a care for creation movement back in their dioceses. Working with the Green Anglicans Provincial team and diocesan coordinators, they will be required to create a plan that will work for their regions as they from different parts of the province which are affected differently by climate change.
In one of the sessions the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, will be present to speak to them and listen to their plan of actions. The conference will be before the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), therefore all participants will attend the opening service for ACC on Sunday the 10th of April. One participant will be chosen to report to ACC, on the plans and decisions taken by the young people during their conference.
The rest of group will travel via Livingston to visit Victoria Falls, and Sons of Thunder which environmental site by GreenPop. They are set to arrive back on the 13th of April.
May you please pray for these young people to have clear minds as they will be involved in environmental ministry in our churches in response to climate change.