Climate change and a climate of change in the church

Ayre, Clive W. (2013). Climate change and a climate of change in the church. In Anne Elvey and David Gormley-O'Brien (Ed.), Climate Change: Cultural Change. Religious Responses and Responsibilities (pp. 48-61) Preston, VIC, Australia: Mosaic Press.

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Author Ayre, Clive W.
Title of chapter Climate change and a climate of change in the church
Title of book Climate Change: Cultural Change. Religious Responses and Responsibilities
Place of Publication Preston, VIC, Australia
Publisher Mosaic Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781143240526
Editor Anne Elvey
David Gormley-O'Brien
Chapter number 3
Start page 48
End page 61
Total pages 14
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Not many subjects are capable of generating more heated debate these days than climate change. Part of the problem for climate change sceptics may be that gradual change can be mistaken for no change; another factor may be that because we do not want something to be true we subconsciously decide that it is not true. I do not propose to elaborate on climate science, but rather to note that the best available evidence suggests that, regardless of the cause, the climate of the planet is not only changing, but changing rapidly. and time is not on our side.

Any perception that the climate does not change can be applied in equal measure to the Church, which sometimes has given the impression that it is a rather conservative organisation. While at times and in some issues such an observation is understandable, it is at best a half truth. At other times the Church has been anything but conservative; the prophetic voice has been heard in the land. In many ways society as a whole has changed significantly over the years and the Church has usually sought to meet the challenges that such changes present; there is arguably no better example of this than its approach and response to environmental issues.

Thus, my purpose in this essay is to develop the thesis that just as climate change impacts on the planet, so also there is a climate of change in the Church. My goal is to outline some of those signs of positive change and the basis on which such change is founded. I will reflect briefly on the Church's historic approach to the natural world, then offer some comments on climate as a change agent in the Church. I will also consider some other change agents and conclude with signs of change.
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