On spring day the 1st of September, the Together4Creation team held a youth gathering to kick off the beginning of the Season of Creation. Which was held at St Thomas Church, Rondebosch.
About 80 young people from eight congregations from different denominations (Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal, Lutheran and Dutch Reformed) across Cape Town attended the event. Our evening started off with a welcome from Rev Claire Nye Hunter, Rector of St Thomas & John-Paul Roberts, followed by the opening prayer from Jacques Strydom from the Dutch Reformed Church, before Rev Rachel gave an introduction to the Season of Creation. We ate together and watched the documentary, The Letter: A Message for Our Earth, in which Pope Francis spoke to people who represent the voices of the youth, the poor, animal life and indigenous voices.
Afterwards we had smallgroup discussions about what we as youth can do in our own areas and congregations to combat climate injustice.
The theme of this year’s Season of Creation is “Let Justice and Peace Flow” and comes from Amos 5:24. We are invited to join the river of justice and peace and take up ecological justice and be a voice for those affected by climate injustice (You can visit https://seasonofcreation.org for more information).
Our evening ended off with a final blessing and closing by Fr Emmanuel the Vicar for Youth in the Archdiocese of Cape Town.