‘Warm Hearts, Cool Climate’

Warm Hearts, Cool Climate

World leaders will gather in Paris, France, Nov. 30-Dec. 11 to forge an international agreement to address the Earth’s changing climate. United Methodists from around the world also will attend to advocate for a just agreement that protects God's people and God's planet. 

Our denomination has tremendous gifts — rooted in the relationships, experiences and diverse contexts of our worldwide connection — to bring to these conversations.

“Our denomination has tremendous gifts — rooted in the relationships, experiences and diverse contexts of our worldwide connection — to bring to these conversations,” said John Hill, assistant general secretary for Advocacy & Organizing at the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). “From the islands of the Philippines to the Appalachian Mountains in the United States, United Methodists are faithfully responding to God’s call to care for creation and challenge systems of injustice.”

In the lead-up to these negotiations, GBCS will be sharing stories and offering resources to question, reflect, pray and act.

Caring for God’s planet

Week one will explore what The United Methodist Church says about addressing climate change and caring for God’s planet. The resource is available at Warm Hearts, Cool Climate.

You can receive these emails in the coming weeks by signing up for GBCS’s Environmental Justice Network.

Editor's note: Tricia Bruckbauer is Communications Associate at the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society.

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Jefferson Knight, a director from Liberia of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), is a part of that agency’s delegation to Paris, along with representatives from Germany and the Philippines. “The goal is really to assemble a delegation that is reflective of the global nature of our church,” said John Hill, the social-action agency’s director of Economic & Environmental Justice.

GBCS wants to encourage United Methodists to be engaged in what is happening in Paris and help translate the U.N. framework into understandable language. In preparation, the agency has created an education and action campaign called “Warm Hearts, Cool Climate” that is launching this week.

Members of their group are accredited for either the first or second week of the convention. In addition to Knight and Hill, delegates are Daniel Obergfell, Germany; Jennifer Meneses, Philippines; the Rev. Lisa Garvin, Emory University, Atlanta; and the Rev. Liberato "Levi" Bautista, GBCS staff.

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