DIOCESE OF CHRIST THE KING – RENEWING THE INTEGRITY OF CREATION
The clergy of the Diocese of Christ the King – in Johannesburg South Africa gathered for an Environmental Workshop.
Rev Dr Rachel Mash , Environmental Coordinator addressed them on the challenge of Environmental Degradation and Climate Change. Of particular concern is air and water pollution caused by the many coal burning stations in the region. Waste was also identified as a massive issue.
The archdeaconries then gathered to look at how they would put into practice the call of the fifth mark of Mission – to safeguard and renew the integrity of creation. Here are some of the ideas that flowed:
To hold retreats in Nature. Celebrate the Season of Creation. Create environmental themes for children’s ministry. Open air services.
Local parish centres
Food gardening . Create “ten commandments of the environment”.. Revive our environmental policy. To appoint an archdeaconry fieldworker. Save water and electricity. Raise funds for water tanks (jojos). Encourage different guilds (mothers union etc) to start gardens. Have a parish rep for the environment.
To get involved in the Klipriver and Vaal river. Involvement in school projects. Plant trees. Report leakages and sewerage to local authorities. Partner with other churches around environmental challenges.
Watch this space – Christ the King is moving!