The USPG stand in the Greenbelt Takeaway will have a focus on climate justice, with a special interactive model showing the impact of rising sea levels in Tonga.

You can also pick up a free copy of our climate justice advocacy pack to help you and your church join with the world church in tackling this important issue.

We will also be hosting the Most Revd Dr Winston Halapua, of Polynesia, who will be speaking throughout the Greenbelt weekend (see below).

Archbishop Winston will be describing how rising sea levels are flooding islands and dislocating entire communities in his part of the world.

And, as always, you can find out more about our short-term mission placement programmes.

Archbishop Winston’s speaking schedule at Greenbelt

Friday 5:30pm: The Real Moana: Waves of God’s Embrace

Our existence on planet earth is bound up with our attitude towards Creation. This symbiotic relationship with Creation underpins the theology of Tongan-born Archbishop Winston, who offers one of the most inspiring voices on climate theology.

Archbishop Winston calls us to a deeper awareness of the extreme situation that is being faced by island communities and why this is important for us all.

This global climatic catastrophe is caused by a minority in the developed world destroying the environment through over-consumption and rampant greed, while the majority are suffering. Are we ready to take the action which is so desperately needed to save humanity?

Saturday 1pm: Encountering God in the Storm

Share in the diversity of worship from Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia with liturgy and music shaped by the sea and a people utterly dependent on it. Experience the sacred ‘Moana’ (ocean) in song, word and prayer. Led by Archbishop Winston.

Sunday 1:45pm: Encountering God in the Storm

Another chance to experience worship from Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia. Led by Archbishop Winston.

Monday 11am: Young Church Leaders Are Leading Now Not Tomorrow

Many church leaders talk about nurturing the youth as they will be the leaders of tomorrow, but the youth of tomorrow will no longer be the youth!

Hear about the church in Polynesia where youth are given responsibility and leadership to lead in the present time, not for the future or for youth groups only.

What impact is this having on the relevance of church in today’s world? What do young people have to say about living in a multiracial and multireligious society and among diverse communities?

Come and hear a fresh perspective and be inspired by Archbishop Winston.

Monday 1pm: Encountering God in the Storm

Another chance to experience worship from Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia. Led by Archbishop Winston.

Monday 2pm: Two Degrees of Separation

Following the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, when the world committed itself to safeguarding a ‘two-degree world’ (not allowing global warming to rise by more than two degrees centigrade because of the catastrophic effects that would have on sea levels rising and the whole global climate), where are we at?

What are our governments doing? What are we doing? How do we keep this most fundamental of issues in the spotlight and what can we do to play our part?

Hear about the impacts of climate change from those living on the frontline, from politicians and NGOs.

With Archbishop Winston, Green MP Natalie Bennett, and Mohamed Adow, who leads Global Climate Policy at Christian Aid. Chaired by Jo Musker-Sherwood, of Hope for the Future.

Monday 5:30pm: Banking on the Future: Southern Voices

Mohammed Adow, a leader in international climate policy and advocacy, discusses climate justice with Archbishop Winston.

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