Carbon Fast for 40 days

Arthur Champion July 2010Recently 12 boxes containing 3,000 booklets arrived on our doorstep.  At first I felt overwhelmed by the task of distribution until our local vicar said: “You’ve still got time before Ash Wednesday; just so long as you are well organised.”  His encouragement prompted me to contact each of the Area Deans and sure enough after a few hassles each of them was glad to receive a box for local parishes.  There was even one left over for the cathedral.

This experience could be relevant to other forms of environmental work:

  • Teamwork – These high-quality booklets were written by Bible experts; made attractive by graphical designers; produced by printers and delivered to home by courier.
  • Feelings – Environmental issues often stir up strong feelings.  It was only when I admitted to feeling overwhelmed by the task that someone gave encouragement to continue.
  • ·Perseverance – It was a logistical challenge to drop off each box at the prearranged time and place.  By making personal contact I was confident that the booklets would get into the hands of local vicars and then their parishioners.

 “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”  Hudson Taylor was speaking about missionary work but surely his words also apply to certain aspects of caring for God’s creation.

The Anglican Dioceses of the South West are responding to the challenge of climate change. Click here for further details: www.thecarbonfast.org

The Revd Arthur Champion, Diocesan Environmental Advisor

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