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Pilgrimage to support action on climate

07 August 2015


Slipping away: the world's largest tropical glacier, the Quelccaya Ice Cap, in Peru. Paleoclimatologists from Ohio University visited Quelccaya in June, to study the Cap, which is reported to have lost approximately 20 per cent of it's area since 1978. The rate of retreat is said to be increasing, as climate change threatens the complete disappearance of tropical glaciers in the Andes, within the next 20 years

Slipping away: the world's largest tropical glacier, the Quelccaya Ice Cap, in Peru. Paleoclimatologists from Ohio University visited Quelccaya in Jun...

THE Church of England is backing calls for action on climate change by launching a 250-mile pilgrimage from London to a conference of world leaders in Paris later this year.

People and groups are being urged to walk some or all of the route, cheer on pilgrims as they pass by, or organise “mini-pilgrimages” and prayer vigils in their communities.

The pilgrimage will start from St Martin-in-the-Fields, in central London, on 13 November, and finish in Paris on 27 November, when negotiators from more than 190 nations will gather for the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference on 30 November.

The pilgrims will hand in petitions calling for a fair, ambitious, and legally binding deal to the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres. They will also join an interfaith gathering and a mass mobilisation of prayer in Paris.

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, the Church’s Lead Bishop for the environment, said: “It is really important we join the journey — and we can do it in all sorts of ways, either by taking part in all or part of the pilgrimage, or by gathering people to pray within our own communities.

“Through our prayers and our pilgrimage, we are strengthening and encouraging those taking part in the Paris talks to reach fair, accountable, and firm commitments which will change the way we act and move us towards a low carbon economy.”


For more information and to join the pilgrimage, visit:



Priest in Charge (Rector Designate)

London and Home Counties

Our suburban parish on the border between the London Borough of Croydon and the lovely Surrey countryside and with a spacious modern Rectory, is seeking a Priest-in-Charge (Rector Designate) to lead our church as we seek to fulfil our mission to proclaim Jesus, change lives and serve our community.   We are looking for a leader who, with energy and dynamism, who will develop the vision for the church to enable the children and families work to be a priority in order to grow the church both in numbers and spiritual maturity. In addition, the new person will care and tend for the existing ageing congregation many of whom have ¬faithfully served the church for many years.   The person we are looking for should have: strong communication skills, the ability to engage and encourage people across the age ranges and to convey the church’s mission, vision and priorities; a commitment to preach the Word of God in thoughtful and stimulating ways; an energy and dynamism probably more extrovert than introvert; a pastoral heart, showing empathy and good listening skills, the ability, willingness and experience to help us to develop and enjoy a variety of worship styles, including a wider range of musical worship and a deeper corporate prayer life -whilst recognising and valuing our heritage;   For further information and to apply, please click the 'apply for this job' button below.   For an informal conversation with the Archdeacon of Croydon, please contact the Archdeacon’s PA Kathleen.bailey@southwark.anglican.org to arrange a time for a phone conversation.   Closing Date: Sunday 12 June 2022 Parish Visit for shortlisted candidates: Monday 11 July 2022 Interviews: Monday 11 July 2022   Please note we have a policy in Southwark Diocese that to be appointed to an incumbent status post, a priest must have served a title in an Anglican church in the British Isles.   This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure

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2 July 2022
Bringing Down the Mighty: Church, Theology and Structural Injustice
With Anthony Reddie, Azariah France-Williams, Mariama Ifode-Blease, Luke Larner, Will Moore, Stewart Rapley and Victoria Turner.

4-8 July 2022
HeartEdge Mission Summer School
From HeartEdge and St Augustine’s College of Theology.

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