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Eco-Justice Journey

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Paris Agreement

The hope and optimism we heard in Paris during the two weeks of the COP 21 did lead to a historic agreement, where nearly 200 of the world’s governments committed themselves to a low-carbon future. While not as strong as may be wished, it is an accomplishment indeed to have a global agreement that sets… Read more »

Different Gifts, One Body

1 Corinthians 12: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.   Gary Payton as part of the witness for African cyclists for climate… Read more »

People You Meet on the Way

COP 21 reflection from Carol Somplatsky-Jarman   Reflection from Carol Somplatsky-Jarman, observer to COP 21 with PCUSA   At the COP21, Le Bourget, one great aspect of the experience is what happens by accident, the people you meet on the way to where you are–or think you are–going. A couple days as go, I met… Read more »


COP 21 reflection from Carol Somplatsky-Jarman   Reflection from Carol Somplatsky-Jarman, an observer with the PC(USA)   As I entered the Pompidou Center a recent day, I encountered a group demonstrating in an effort to communicate to key players involved in the current climate negotiations. Many people had passed that morning, including ministers, negotiators, and… Read more »

Let us contemplate and marvel at the diversity and wealth of creation (COP 21 reflection)

Contemplons et emergeillons-nous devant la diversite et la richesse de la creation I arrived to Paris early Thursday morning, had a wonderful day orienting to the COP 21, and finished with the beautiful ecumenical worship service at Notre Dame from the Counseil d’Eglises Chretiennes en France (Christian Council of Churches of France). At that worship… Read more »

Notre Dame Ecumenical Worship Service

Reflection on COP 21 from Gary Payton  Written by Gary Payton       The Ecumenical Service for Creation at Notre Dame Cathedral   As Presbyterians, we sometimes operate more from our heads than our hearts.  In my first three days at COP21 in Paris, I was seriously operating from my head…and, I was not… Read more »

Dedication, Sustainability and Complicity

Reflections on a first day at COP 21   The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “Conference of the Parties 21” (COP 21)’s official delegation areas, called the “blue area,” was my primary territory my first day in Paris. Accredited observers, delegates, and media contacts fill the hallways, display booths, meeting rooms, and side… Read more »

Why Paris? What’s happening? Why now?

By Gary Payton Reflection from day one from Gary Payton   More than once, I’ve been asked “why?” The question has come from loved family members, from friends, and from reporters.  At the core, the answer for me is found in Micah 6:8.  The Hebrew text tells us, “…and what does the Lord require of… Read more »

More on COP 21

Gary has landed in Paris and will be writing soon on his experiences so far. I leave in a few days and anticipate great learnings. In the meantime, we both continue to read and find information that we hope may help you, and us, as we prepare.   NRDC has this 4 page brief on… Read more »