Sometimes the EPYC team leave workshops in really rough government schools feeling inspired. Other times we leave feeling like we have been wrestling with the cycles of poverty and violence that rest upon kids as young as 10 who already look like they are headed for jail. Today was the latter, and trying to pray I just end up in tears.
Then, I got back to the office and got this message from Desmond Tutu:
Let's not forget that we serve a God who turns our mourning in dancing. As Tutu puts it, if we "are on the side of peace, if we are on the side of climate justice, then we are on the side of the God of the universe!"
SERIES INTRO: This year alone, EPYC has run nonviolent climate justice workshops with more than 8,000 young people (most with little or no contact with Christianity). The workshops invite them amid our ecological crisis to become [eco]prophets and introduce them to an understanding of Christianity that provides a spirituality of compassionate engagement modeled on Jesus (rather than indifferent escapism dressed up in Jesus-drag that simply reflects the patterns of the world). In the countdown to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15), these are some of the most popular, inspiring, informative, and provocative video clips we have used in our workshops.
Feel free to post them on your blog, send them to friends, and share them in your sermons, small groups, and Bible studies. Let them help you "think critically, plot creatively, and act compassionately" in witnessing to the gospel's message of good news to our warming world -- not a lubricant for the destruction of God's good creation.
And join us in praying with Tim Costello and Brian McLaren for climate justice for the poor at Copenhagen.
Jarrod McKenna is seeking to live God's love as a dad, husband, brother, activist trainer, and [eco]evangelist. He is a co-founder of the Peace Tree Community serving with the marginalised in one of the poorest of areas in his city, in Western Australia heads up an award-winning multi-faith youth service initiative called Together for Humanity, and is the founder and creative director of Empowering Peacemakers (E.P.Y.C.), for which he has received an Australian peace award in his work for empowering a generation of [eco]evangelists and peace prophets.