8 December: Gender Day

08 Dec 8 December: Gender Day


Figueres receiving faith petitions © Judith Tooth

If you’ve seen media coverage of the climate talks, you may well have seen a picture of Christiana Figueres, the dynamic head of the UN’s Climate Change Secretariat, who seems to be everywhere – encouraging, welcoming, celebrating, warning, and working with negotiators, business people, faith leaders, and others involved in the search for a positive agreement.

The Paris talks have a focus on women’s leadership on climate today – so as we enter this vital period of negotiation and pray for all who are involved, we particularly remember Figueres, the five women ministers  facilitating today’s discussions, and the many women attending the talks as negotiators, government officials, scientific and economic advisers, business leaders, faith leaders, and leaders of civil society groups.

We pray that God will give all people at the talks the wisdom and vision to help resolve the hard issues that need to be sorted out before the text can be finalised.

We pray that our leaders will have the courage
to take immediate action on the issue of
climate change for the sake of all life.
Creating God, help us change our ways.

We pray in gratitude for all those
who bring awareness of the suffering planet,
acknowledge that all creation is sacred,
and work to bring about a change in our attitude
towards Earth, our common Home
Creating God, help us change our ways.

Sr Marlene Kelly, GSIC, excerpted from Prayers of Intercession

Loving God,
Blessed be the works of your hands,
Your Spirit inspires trees and birds and waves into song and dance,
It is that same holy wind that you breathed on your disciples and on all creation,
Let your Spirit blow us to creative love and stewardship that shows reverence for your creation.
Blessed be the works of your hands O Holy One, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God now and for ever. Amen

Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya of Swaziland

Prayers contributed by Citizens for Public Justice and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network