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Preaching on Climate Change: Why it Matters

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 / Climate change is not going to affect me; it’s someone else’s problem. The challenge is too enormous; there’s nothing I can do about it, so why should I think about it? Photo by Getty/BenGoode

Learn about the benefits of preaching on climate change and educating yourself about the issues this catastrophe presents.
Related: Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100.

Jim Antal, Utne

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https://opimedia.azureedge.net/-/media/images/utr/editorial/articles/online-articles/2018/08-01/climate-church-climate-world/climate-church-climate-world-book-cover-jpg.jpg / August 2018 | Preaching on climate change matters for two primary reasons that are in tension with one another. First, preaching on climate change matters because people don’t want to hear about it. Second, preaching on climate change matters because people know they need to take action to address it.

There are many reasons people give for not wanting to hear about climate change, especially in church. Here are a few: Living day to day is already hard enough. Church is supposed to give me rest and refreshment and to recharge me for the next week. Climate change is not going to affect me; it’s someone else’s problem. The challenge is too enormous; there’s nothing I can do about it, so why should I think about it? I come to church to be inspired, not to be depressed. Climate change is a political issue; politics doesn’t belong in church.

Jim Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian, in addition to being an Associate Fellow at Vermont Law School's New Economy Law Center. He serves as Special Advisor on Climate Change to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

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Related:

Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100. Alexander C. Kaufman and Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bf5b7842100009b06ca28c4.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscale / The scorched remnants of Paradise, California. John Locher/Associated Press

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