Getting Serious About Climate Change: The Archbishop of York's Advent Book 2022
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'Shot through with hope.' STEPHEN COTTRELL, ARCHBISHOP OF YORK 'Like Bach's great Wachet auf! chorale, this walk through the weeks of Advent is both a carefully constructed meditation, and an unsettling call to action.' NEIL MacGREGOR, BROADCASTER AND FORMER MUSEUM DIRECTOR Climate change is the most important, urgent issue of our day - but while there are technical and political issues, the fundamental problem with the fight against climate change is spiritual. In Sleepers Wake, the Archbishop of York's Advent Book for 2022, Nicholas Holtam explores how we can combat the obstacles to tackling the reality of climate change. With exhilaration and passion, he draws on his experience as former Church of England lead Bishop for the environment to urge us to transform ourselves, spiritually and culturally, so we can all do our part to preserve our world for future generations. Split into four sections for the four weeks of Advent, these practical suggestions and reflective meditations about climate change and the environment are set alongside beautiful fine art paintings relevant to the season. The Archbishop of York's Advent Book for 2022 can be used as a study for both individuals and small groups, to help you get the most out of the season. With inspiring and motivating prompts for both prayer and action, Sleepers Wake encourages Christians to see Advent as an opportunity to wake up to the reality of climate change and hear God's call to renew the earth. Radical change is difficult, but as Nicholas Holtam unforgettably reminds us in Sleepers Wake, it is something we all need to be a part of for the sake of our children and for the future God's world.
Fine and pertinent meditations on Christian spirituality from the former lead bishop on the environment . . . This is a book to use seriously, prayerfully, and determinedly during Advent. * Church TImes * Shot through with hope. -- Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York Like Bach's great Wachet auf! chorale, this walk through the weeks of Advent is both a carefully constructed meditation, and an unsettling call to action. In the face of climate catastrophe, Nicholas Holtam invites us to pause in front of paintings that challenge us with the scale of our responsibilities, and reveal the grace we are promised if we tackle them. Poetry and music, painting and personal recollections combine in a new version of the Advent call to change our lives - while we still can. In Bach's words: Wake up! * Neil MacGregor, broadcaster and former museum director * We need a strong spirituality to help us address the issues of climate change. This Advent, Bishop Holtam invites the reader to an internal journey of self-discovery, where we recognize both our miraculous uniqueness and our inextricable unity with the rest of Creation. -- Christiana Figueres, Head of UN Climate Change Convention, 2010-2016 The ideal Advent companion! Rooted both in the Bible and the current environmental crisis, Bishop Holtam's meditations help us to face the challenge of the Saviour who will finally come in judgement of what we have done to God's world, while we are preparing to offer all we have to the Babe of Bethlehem. Read it yourself daily, study it in weekly groups - but most importantly, wake from sleep and act now before it is too late. -- The Revd Canon Professor Richard A. Burridge, biblical scholar and Canon Theologian [A] beautiful volume . . . Combining the acts of hearing and seeing, the book induces a worshipful stillness * Christianity Today on THE ART OF WORSHIP *