Lent resources: climate change, modern slavery and other global challenges

13 February 2018

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This Lent we encourage you to download one of these resources, developed by churches and organisations across the Anglican Communion, to focus on global issues and guide you in reflection, action, fasting and prayer.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

Isaiah 58:6-9

Hear the Stories – Anglican Board of Mission

ABM’s resource also focuses on the SDGs, alongside “transformative stories from around the world of Anglican communities grappling with global challenges.”

Dr Julianne Stewart, who wrote the resource, said, “In these Lenten studies I use the SDGs, Scripture and stories told to me by the people I have worked with around the world to unpack the call of Isaiah 58 and to encourage you to respond to the challenges posed by the goals as you seek to answer Isaiah’s call to us all, as God’s people.”

Lenten Meditations – Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development’s Lenten meditations reflect on our faith and how we might take action in responding to a hurting world.  The traditional Lenten practice of almsgiving provides an opportunity to renew your commitment to people in need by supporting their work.

All Things Are Possible – USPG

USPG is using Lent as a time to look at how Anglican Churches around the world are supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

‘All Things Are Possible’ focuses on one theme each week: Prosperity, People, Planet, Peace and Partnership, and explores the links between faith and development.

Fast for Creation – Anglican Communion Environment Network

ACEN has teamed up with the Global Catholic Climate Movement to produce an online calendar focusing on waste, food, energy and water.

Resources are available in five languages, and contain a prayer or reflection and an action to take each day.

A single-page edition of the calendar with 40 actions is also available as a pdf for printing, in EnglishSpanishFrenchItalian and Portuguese.

#GiveUpSlavery – The Clewer Initiative

The Clewer Initiative are taking a 40 day challenge to learn more about supply chains and how modern slavery can be present in the everyday goods or services that they consume.

“Slavery is an illegal business, the world’s second most profitable after drug trafficking, but the goods that slaves make or the services they provide can be found on our high streets.

“Over the course of Lent, each week we will introduce you to one industry that is touched by slavery. We’ll give you a story to read and a simple action to take in response. You can then take it further with a second action that will help you to dig even deeper into the issue.”

You can also go to the Anglican Communion News Service Lent page to see more resources and reflections from around the Communion.