The Episcopal Church in the Green Zone at the United Nations Climate Change Conference

The Presiding Bishop's eight-member delegation will be in the "green zone" representing The Episcopal Church. There, the delegation will engage U.N. negotiators, promote and invigorate grassroots activities, advocate the church's perspectives on specific issues, and lead daily worship services. At the heart of their work and the climate resolutions adopted by the church's General Convention is the Fifth Mark of Mission, to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Worship in the Green Zone

During the climate summit, Bishop Marc Andrus (Diocese of California) will celebrate a public Eucharist, offer scripture readings and meditations, as well as passing out prayer cards focused on “reconciliation,” “reverence,” “compassion” and “forgiveness”: all spiritual values that help to reinforce the U.N. Sustainable Development GoalsTo join the lunchtime (noon) worship group, look for the crowd gathering under the big umbrella near the message tree. For more details, follow Bishop Marc @BishopMarc or the delegation @DFMSatCOP on Twitter.  

Special COP21 Events 

December 9: Celebration of Multi-Faith Presence at COP 21 and Reception

AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY - The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity hosts GreenFaith, the OurVoices campaign, the World Council of Churches, Islamic Relief Worldwide, the Bhumi Project (Hindu), Plum Village (Buddhist), the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the Franciscan Action Network, and others for a celebration of the multi-faith presence at COP 21, with a reception to follow. Light refreshments will be served.

December 6: “Faith and Climate Change – Building a Communications Bridge” 

SUNDAY FORUM AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY - How can we speak with faith communities about climate change, and not totally turn them off? To learn how, the interfaith environmental coalition GreenFaith and the OurVoices campaign teams up with climate change communications expert and social anthropologist George Marshall, who is renowned internationally for his work on the skills of public conversation especially on issues of great concern. In this forum, George Marshall will help us address the specific question: How do we have conversation across our deep cultural polarization on the issues of climate change. Interviews with international audience of Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Jews, have reached some very interesting conclusions. Join George Marshall @ClimateGeorge and Greenfaith Executive Director Fletcher Harper at this interactive forum to learn about the shortcomings of most communication about climate change, and about the narratives that offer promise for engaging people of diverse faiths around the world. DETAILS.

December 3: Célébration œcuménique pendant la COP 21

AT NOTRE DAME - To mark the UN Climate Conference in Paris 2015, Anglicans from around the world will participate in an ecumenical service at Notre Dame to pray for the protection of creation, to support the work of the delegates to find a just consensus on climate issues, and to engage in reflection concerning our own attitudes about climate change. The service, organized by the Council of Christian Churches in France, invites all  to participate in the event. Pre-registration is required. DETAILS

December 3: Confronting Climate Change at the Paris COP (Live Webinar)

VIA TELECONFERENCING - In this historic moment, nations around the world are convening in Paris to craft an international climate agreement at the Conference of Parties (COP). The Episcopal Church supports limiting carbon emissions and helping vulnerable communities to adapt to our changing climate, and is sending a delegation to the COP21 talks. On December 3, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society's delegation will conduct a live webinar about their work at the climate summit in Paris. Topics to be covered include: Episcopal Church policy on climate change; how the Presiding Bishop’s delegation to the Paris Conference of Parties is advocating for a strong climate agreement; and how Episcopalians can influence the climate negotiations at home. Also included are remarks from the delegation; Bishop Marc Andrus and Bishop Pierre Whalon will provide live updates from Paris. Webinar was held 12/3/15 (Watch the recording)

December 1: Welcoming Pilgrims 2 Paris

AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLIY TRINITY - The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, in conjunction with the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and A.E.M.O. (L'Association d'entraide aux minorités d'Orient) will host a dinner reception to welcome pilgrims traveling to Paris for the COP21 climate summit. Members of the Iraqi refugee community -- many of who are receiving French language instruction from Cathedral volunteers -- will prepare the meal for our guests. ABOUT THE PILGRIMS. The group -- nearly 50 people -- departed St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London on 16 November. Their 200-mile journey (on foot) ends in Paris just as the 2015 climate summit opens. Inspired by their faith, the group desires to join voices with Anglican leaders and ecumenical partners from around the world to call for more stringent standards for future carbon emissions. While in Paris, the pilgrims be guests of St.Michael's Anglican Church.  @Pilgrims2Paris  Contact for the event:  

November 28: Magazine Anglican. Les anglicans et le climat. (Émission de radio)

Dans la perpective de la COP 21, comment les anglicans s'engagent-ils pour le climat ? Avec la participation de Katharine Jefferts-Schori et de Shayne McLachlan, coordinateur principal des communications de la Direction Environnement de l'OCDE.

Magazine Anglican est animé par Parisienne Laurence Moachon. Elle s’est engagée dans les activités de sa paroisse, la Cathédrale Épiscopale de la Sainte Trinité à Paris et au niveau européen au sein de la Convocation des Églises Épiscopales en Europe. Cette émission est disponbile pour téléchargement au site de Radio Fréquence Protestant. Cliquer sur la flèche bleue pour télécharger ou la flèche dans un cercle pour écouter.

November 22: “Are Christians Serious About Climate change?” 

SUNDAY FORUM AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Justin Welby and Pope Francis are among a throng of evangelical, Protestant and Catholic leaders to have set out a position on Christianity vis-à-vis our warming planet. As we approach key negotiations on reducing harmful emissions at #COP21 here in Paris in December, Shayne MacLachlan of the OECD’s Environment Directorate will address issues such as: what is at stake, why Christians and their leaders have been lagging on this important issue, and how Christians can make a difference. DETAILS

November 15: “Climate change: from scientific research to COP21 international negotiations”.

SUNDAY FORUM AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY - As we approach the COP21 climate summit here in Paris, climatologist Gilles Ramstein of the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement and Céline Ramstein of the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales will explain how the climate has evolved during the history of Earth, before exploring the impact of human activity on climate in the recent past. They will show how developments today differ from earlier episodes of climate change in the earth’s long history and then discuss some of the key questions at stake for COP21: why is this conference so important? What can we expect from the COP21 and what are the remaining issues that will have to be resolved in the last weeks/days to achieve success? DETAILS

November 8: “Climate Change, Development and Politics”

SUNDAY FORUM AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY - With the latest round of international climate negotiations taking place in Paris in December, there are more than environmental considerations at stake. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires difficult choices about economics and energy, and the impacts of a changing climate are expected to pose unequally distributed risks to human development and political stability. This adds up to a complex geopolitical stew that the negotiators will struggle with this year, and that will affect us all in the decades ahead. In this forum, Gerald Stang of the European Union Institute for Security Studies will explore these complex issues in the run-up to the COP21 meetings. DETAILS


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