Church leaders created Extinction Rebellion ‘faith bridge’ across the Thames

Church leaders occupied Lambeth Bridge in Westminster as part of the Extinction Rebellion’s ‘International Rebellion’ that has begun this week.

Members of Christian Climate Action closed the bridge to car traffic as part of similar protests in central London and in 60 cities around the world, to force the Government to take swifter action on climate change.

Rev Jon Swales, 41, is Mission Priest at the Church of England’s Lighthouse Church in Leeds and Associate Faculty at St Hild Theological Centre. He said:

“The science is clear. Unless we radically change the way we live in the world we will face the full force of climate catastrophe. I want to play my part in raising the alarm for the sake of the world’s most vulnerable and the next generation, and also contribute to a renewed imagination of future possibilities.”

Father Martin Newell, 52, catholic priest from Birmingham added:

“I am here to help raise the alarm, to call for a profound ecological conversion. The life of God’s creation is under threat, especially the lives of God’s poor. I am here to help protect our common home, our mother, our sister which is among the most abused of our neighbours, as Pope Francis has said.”

Among the activities planned for the ‘faith bridge’ this week include baptisms, Taize services, liturgical workshop and foot washing as well as a prayer vigil with development charities Christian Aid, Tearfund and Cafod.

Also on the bridge is Phil Kingston, 83, a retired parole officer from Bristol, who took part in the action on Thursday using a fire engine to spray fake blood outside the Treasury to highlight how the UK Government is directly funding fossil fuel expansion around the world which is driving climate breakdown.

He said:

“I fight with all my being for my four grandchildren in this situation of existential danger. And I am a Christian who cares for the Earth as God’s Creation; and for the world’s poorest peoples whose experience of injustice draws a special love from God.”

All images credited to: Christian Climate Action

One thought on “Church leaders created Extinction Rebellion ‘faith bridge’ across the Thames

  • 4th November 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Section 1 of Magna Carta states:
    “First, that we have granted to God, and by this present charter have confirmed for us and our heirs in perpetuity, that the English Church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished, and its liberties unimpaired.”

    Parliament has sided with the government and is placing Her Majesty the Queen in the position that by giving Royal Assent to this Bill She is effectively breaking the oath handed down by King John and is diminishing the rights of the English Church and impairing its liberties.

    This is an iniquitous Bill because the Church is not buildings of stone and/or bricks and mortar. The Church is not the clergy and all its many ministers; the Church is the sum total of all its members from the High and Mighty to the very lowliest of all those that love and worship the Lord Jesus Christ. The New Testament shows us that the Church is the Assembly of all the believers. Now her Majesty’s Government has ruled against the Church in England denying it its God ordained right to exist.

    The Government believes that by keeping its buildings “open for individuals to be able to pray” it is treating churches as simply buildings where the pious go to sing, pray and hold “services”!

    Such an assault on the faith of god’s Children has not been seen since Tudor times and the hundreds of men women and children martyred for their faith!

    Do we obey the laws of men or do we rather obey God? Christ disobeyed the Social Distancing rules of his day by touching the lepers and allowing them to touch Him. The Apostles did not obey the edicts of the Sanhedrin that forbad them from corporately uniting in the Temple to speak of Christ to the people.

    The prophets disobeyed the dictates of kings refusing to bow before images, refusing them the right to pray.

    Believers are commissioned to spread the Gospel of the Son of God, but how are we to do this if the Government forbids us from being the Church in England?

    If Christ were living in our nation today do you believe that he would hide away at home and only venture outside to do a bit of shopping?

    The Government tells us that this is “only temporary”, I, for one, do not believe them, just as I do not believe the numbers that they presented to the nation last Saturday. This reminds me of Tony Blair’s “weapons of mass destruction” and the numbers he quoted that sent thousands of our brave men and women into Iraq, Afghanistan and sowed the seeds that enabled the rise of Al Qaida, Daesh, Islamic Jihad and Civil War in Syria.

    We have already seen reports of the police invading Mosques because Moslems (who deny that Jesus is the Son of God) were gathered for prayer. Will Christians stand firm in their faith or surrender in the face of arrest and intimidation?

    Yours in Christ

    John Hayworth


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