Being Fruitful

The Ethics of Caring for Creation

Wednesday 24 Nov 2021

Online

£

Free - recording coming soon

Wednesday 24 Nov 2021

Online

£

Free - recording coming soon

A webinar exploring the ethical issues surrounding caring for creation and the climate crisis.

Being Fruitful: The Ethics of Caring for Creation took place on Wednesday 24 November at 7.30pm. The event followed COP26, the UN’s climate change conference in Glasgow. It was presented by the Moral and Social Issues Council (MASIC).

Recording coming soon.

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Our host 

The panel conversation was hosted by Major Kerry Coke.

A photo of Major Kerry Coke and a publicity graphic for the webinar. Text reads: The Moral and Social Issues Council presents... Being Fruitful: The Ethics of Caring for Creation. Wednesday 24 November, 7.30pm

Kerry has been a Salvation Army officer for 21 years, serving in a variety of contexts. She currently co-leads the corps in Raynes Park, South West London.  

Kerry and her husband Nick have two grown-up children whom they have just seen off to university. 

Her passion is building relationships and communities where everyone and everything flourishes. 

Our panel

We heard from a range of perspectives in our webinar panel conversation, including theology, church leadership, campaigning and first-hand experiences of supporting people impacted by climate change. 

A collage of headshots of the panel: Dave Bookless, Lizzy Kitchenside, Alan Read and Violet Ruria.

The Salvation Army’s response to the environment

Caring for creation is one of five mission priorities for The Salvation Army in the UK and Ireland - every aspect of our work must consider its impact on the environment. 

The Salvation Army is committed to helping change attitudes, resulting in a more responsible use of our planet. We seek to provide practical care and advocacy for people affected by damage to the environment. This work includes international projects to help people increase their resilience to the effects of climate change and overcome food insecurity, as well as providing immediate support and relief to people affected by extreme weather events. 

We are also a member of The Climate Coalition, the largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the environment and the world’s poorest communities. 

The Salvation Army believes that people will not experience fullness of life unless God’s creation is protected and cared for. 

Our international statement

In October 2021, General Brian Peddle launched the updated International Positional Statement on Caring for the Environment.

Read

About the Moral and Social Issues Council

The Moral and Social Issues Council (MASIC) reports to Cabinet, The Salvation Army’s senior spiritual leadership team in the UK and Ireland Territory.

Its role is:

  • To provide an ethical perspective and advice to territorial leadership
  • To help Salvationists engage in moral and social issues in their communities

The council includes officers and soldiers appointed by the Chief Secretary and is chaired by Major David Taylor. It aims to reflect the diversity of the territory and draw upon the skills, academic research, biblical and theological scholarship, and experience of its members and the wider Salvation Army.

Territorial Moral and Social Issues Councils support the work of the International Moral and Social Issues Council, which reports to the General and is responsible for The Salvation Army’s International Positional Statements.

Contact us

For further information about the webinar, contact the Moral and Social Issues Council:

Sign up to an eco-scheme 

Join the Environmental Champions Network

Connect with like-minded people across the territory.

Email Carl Jobson via environment@salvationarmy.org.uk 

Further reading

Big Questions for Small Groups: The Environment

Hayley Still explores the biblical basis for caring about the environment and the role of the Church.

Feeding Hope

Helping Hand Appeal 2021 focuses on supporting families and their communities, feeding hope to farmers now and for generations to come.

Climate Sunday

Sign up to hold a climate-focused service and download resources to help you worship, pray and act together.

Welcoming the Stranger

A webinar exploring the ethical issues surrounding migration.