Need a reason to preach persuasively on climate?
This communications study, “Believers, Sympathizers, and Skeptics,” brings data to the call for moral leadership on climate change by Christian clergy. The nationwide study concludes that hearing about climate change from the pulpit most strongly indicates a congregation's willingness to accept climate change as human-caused and their readiness to act for solutions, speaking to the empowering role of pastors. The report also finds that Hispanic Catholic parishes and Black Protestant churches - whose members disproportionately face the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel burning - hear about climate change far more frequently than do White churches.
Resources to help you preach on climate change
Compelled to preach on ononclimate change, but strapped for time and unsure where to begin? Start with our page of essential resources for Preaching on Climate Change for exemplary sermons and communications tools. If you would like to see other example sermons and liturgies, dig through our growing library of Further Resources for example sermons and liturgical resources. Don't hesitate to share your own climate change sermon with us, as well! Expect our forthcoming Clergy & Climate Change Primer, which will provide the need-to-know basics of climate change, including its impacts, projections, and hopeful possibilities, to empower clergy to preach on climate change.
Learn and act faithfully on climate change
Feel a need to learn the impacts of climate change in your region? Searching for how to live responsibly in a time of climate change? Want to know how warm it will get in your lifetime? Whether you are a pastor moving beyond the pulpit or laity preparing to engage further, see our page to Learn & Act Faithfully on Climate for eye-catching resources on faith and climate change, climate science, and climate change impacts. Find ways that your congregation can move to be part of the solution - both by reducing your collective carbon footprint and by joining the growing movement for climate justice. You may wish to shepherd your congregation to this page in your New Awakening sermon.
Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change & the Environmental Crisis
On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis published "Praised Be: On the Care of Our Common Home," the first papal encyclical on environmental issues. Attracting much attention, and unheard of opposition prior to an encyclical's release, the 184-page document spotlights the moral dimensions of climate change. The encyclical offers a unique opportunity for clergy of all traditions to amplify their voices for climate action. See our collection of resources on Pope Francis' encyclical, intended for Protestant clergy to get the basics. Consider: how would your church articulate the faithful connection between climate change, poverty, and environmental crisis?
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