David Clough addresses the Church of England's Annual Gathering of Readers in the Diocese of Chester.
Many of the urgent problems confronting the church and the world concern the human relationship with the other-than-human world. Climate change, deforestation, human-caused mass extinctions of plants and animals, and the rapid expansion of industrialised farming of animals are interrelated factors that threaten the well-being of humans, other animals, and the wider environment. Christian churches have often been inattentive to these challenges in recent years, and unclear about how Christian faith connects to them. This session will help participants make the connection, and will issue a challenge to consider how Readers can help to shape the practice of the church in worship, preaching, and social and political engagement in the light of these concerns.