The United Church's New Creed calls us "to live with respect in Creation." We join our voices with other denominations and faiths around the world in expressing our deep concern around climate change.
The upcoming 21st Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21, November 30–December 12) could be a critical turning point for climate change policy and the future of the planet. World leaders will work to complete a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
The United Church is sending three delegates to COP21. Our delegation will amplify the voices of key global partners such as the World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance, as well as Canadian partner the Climate Action Network. We hope to convey to the political delegates present that their leadership at COP21 has the potential to benefit creation and the whole human community.
Meet Our Delegates
As the former Moderator of The United Church of Canada (2009–2012), I invited us into God’s healing of Soul, Community, and Creation. At COP15 (Copenhagen) and COP17 (Durban), I added my voice to those of our global partners. Climate scientists tell me they count on us to speak as “wise, compassionate people who care about the future of Creation and humanity.”
Kii’iljus (Barbara J. Wilson)
I live on the island of Haida Gwaii in BC. My education started in a two-room Indian Day School and continued at a residential school and then university, graduating in 1999. I chair the United Church's Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools Advisory Committee. As a spiritual person, I feel I have a responsibility to speak—I see the impact of rising waters, as well as how extreme weather affects islanders, the land, and all other creatures that can't speak for themselves. I must.
I am a community organizer, raised on Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, BC. I grew up in The United Church of Canada, and am a co-creator of Fossil Free Faith and The Self Care Project. In June 2015, I travelled to the Vatican for events around the release of Laudato Si'. I was also part of leading conversations within the United Church toward the decision to urge the church to divest from fossil fuels at General Council 42.
You can follow our delegates' COP21 journey on their blog, To Live with Respect in Creation.