Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability
Being ‘socially just’ is an inherent part of being an Anglican Christian. Seeking social justice fits with the ‘living beyond ourselves’ dimension of Healthy Church Model we use to guide our work and life together as a diocese and at a local church level.
Several groups assist local ministry units and the diocese to be more socially just as part of being a healthy church. These groups initiate projects of their own, but also work together.
The Sustainability Fieldworker, appointed by the diocese, helps coordinate the collaborative projects of the various groups and liaises with sustainability champions in local churches.
Auckland Anglican Response to the Climate Crisis Plan
In response to a motion from the 2019 Synod, the social justice and environmental groups collaborated to produce a diocesan framework for climate action based around four areas:
liturgy and worship
advocacy and outreach.
Green Church Enews – to sign up for this quarterly newsletter, please email the Sustainability Fieldworker.
ACAN (Anglican Climate Action Network)
This group encourages Anglicans to live more sustainably and reduce our carbon footprint. They affirm the Church’s support for policy measures to address, contain and limit the extent and impact of climate change.
Care of Creation Committee
Through a monthly blog, this committee keeps the diocese informed of relevant research and the work of environmental groups within and beyond the diocese.
Social Justice Group
This group researches, communicates and advocates for social justice, encouraging debate and action on local, national and global issues. Their vision is that social justice encompasses the whole of life and by working together, we can all flourish. The group produces a monthly newsletter ‘Do Justice’.
Talking Cents is an ecumenical group charged by the Anglican Diocesan Council to promote an alternative to current economic and political thought, and to encourage debate within the church. The group produces monthly articles on a topical theme from various contributors.