Posts Tagged: faith climate work

Post-Paris New Year

2015 brought the papal encyclical on the environment, new strong commitments to environmental stewardship by the U.S. government, new innovations in renewable energy development, strong grassroots movement building, and the global Paris agreement.  Having attended part of the UNFCCC COP21 climate talks in Paris in December and reflecting here on the blog with you and… Read more »

What Next?

Final COP 21 Reflection from Gary Payton Reflection written by Gary Payton   What next?   Advent…a time of reflection and waiting, and a time of anticipation for the Prince of Peace to enter our lives anew.  What an Advent Season it has been!    On Monday, November 30, the day after the first Sunday… Read more »

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 »

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 »