The Baptist Union Environment Network
A new Baptist network that will connect people with a passion for the environment and climate change is to launch on 6 September
The Baptist Union Environment Network - “BUEN”, meaning good in Spanish – aims to inspire churches and regional associations to grow in valuing creation and join God in environmental mission and taking action to care for creation and people.
BUEN is building a network of environmental partners across our Regional Association life who can journey alongside churches to able them to declare with God in worship, life, and action that “creation is good” (Gen 1v25).
Two of the partners are our former President Dave Gregory, minister of Croxley Green Baptist Church, and Hannah Gray, who works at the University of East Anglia, managing environmental research projects in developing countries and is a member of Light of Life Baptist Church on the east Norfolk coast.
In a jointly authored feature about BUEN for the forthcoming (autumn) edition of Baptists Together magazine, they write:
‘BUEN will inspire the Baptist Together family locally, regionally, and nationally to hear the cry of creation and to join God’s redemptive action for it as an integral part of our missional discipleship.
‘It aims to release the prophetic Pentecost voice of children, young people and the Millennial generation who are so concerned over the damage being caused to their world that they will inherit from previous generations. BUEN will help our wider family share in the pain felt by people and churches with strong links to the developing world by the injustice experienced by those who have contributed least to climate change yet who feel its negative impacts first.
‘Together with the injustice of global calls to mitigate fossil fuel emissions with little financial support from historical major emitters to transition towards low carbon economies. And it will encourage churches, associations, and national bodies to take steps towards being carbon neutral by 2035.’
BUEN officially launches on 6 September. Find out more in the BUEN area of the website.
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Contact BUEN here
Dave is a contributor to a webinar on 2 September exploring why as Christians we should be concerned about climate change and what Baptist churches can do collectively to reflect the gospel in their approach to the environment.