CALGARY, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - On Sunday, November 27, 2011, former
United Church Moderator, the Very Rev. Dr. Bill Phipps, will begin a
10-day fast in support of the political, religious, and civil society
leaders who will be gathering in Durban, South Africa, for the United
Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17).
"My fast is a prayer of hope, encouragement, and solidarity for the
leaders who gather there," explains Phipps. "Giving up food is my
offering, an embodiment of the struggle to save our fragile world."
Phipps conducted a similar fast in 2009 when the UN climate change talks
were held in Copenhagen. He says he believes that bold decisions at
COP17 are even more urgently needed than they were two years ago.
"Since the meetings in Copenhagen, climate change has accelerated. I
feel that humanity's future is in grave peril," says Phipps. "For the
healthy future of our earthly home, I believe the Durban meetings are a
critical moment in human history."
Phipps, an outspoken activist, says his fast is a form of prayer, not a
protest. He explains that fasting is part of many ancient spiritual and
religious traditions. It is used by people who want to clear the mind
and body and focus on Spirit.
"I believe that a sustainable tomorrow is a spiritual question," he
says. "Each and all of us bear responsibility for the ecological legacy
we leave for future generations."
Throughout his fast, Phipps will be inviting members of churches, other
faiths, and the general public to offer their own prayers for the
planet during the meetings in Durban, November 28-December 9, 2011.
In particular, Phipps says he will be holding The United Church of
Canada's current Moderator, Mardi Tindal, in his prayers. Tindal will
be attending COP17 as part of a World Council of Churches delegation.
During his fast, Phipps also plans to visit the constituency offices of
various political leaders, including those of Prime Minister Stephen
Harper and Alberta Premier Alison Redford. The schedule of those visits
can be found at http://www.billphipps.ca/fast-for-courage.html.
SOURCE United Church of Canada
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