The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) is meeting between 6 and 18 November. Coincidentally, Interfaith Week is 13-20 November, in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The co-incidence of these encourages us to note that interfaith dialogue today builds on a shared concern for the global environment.

COP27 builds on agreements and commitments made since RIO 1992 to tackle the climate emergency. Delegates are considering issues such as the science of climate change, decarbonisation, adaptation and agriculture, water, energy, biodiversity, finance, women, youth and future generations, and the role of civil society.

Since 2008, The UN General Assembly has been promoting inter-religious dialogue, recognising that spiritual beliefs and religious communities are drivers for cultural values, social inclusion, and political engagement. The UN Environment Programme launched ‘The Faith for Earth Initiative’ in 2017, “To encourage, empower and engage with faith-based organisations as partners, at all levels, toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling the 2030 Agenda.”

Faith communities have worked together on education and action over the climate crisis, producing many agreed statements of concern and resolve such as the Uppsala Interfaith Climate Manifesto of 2008, the Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change of 2009, the Declaration on Climate Justice and Sustainable Peace in Africa of 2011, and the New York Statement of 2014. In 2021, Pope Francis presented to COP26 a joint Appeal by 40 global faith leaders that

  • Called for net-zero carbon emissions to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels;
  • Asked wealthier nations to step up their climate action at home and financially support vulnerable countries to adapt to and address climate change.
  • Urged governments to transition to clean energy, to sustainable land use practices, to environmentally-friendly food systems, and to responsible financing.
  • And committed the faith leaders themselves to greater climate action, to educate and influence members of their traditions, to promote environmental issues, and to green their community assets, such as properties and investments.

This year, in a letter published before COP27, faith leaders called on governments to develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. It calls for an end to new fossil fuel projects and deforestation, a rapid transition to 100% renewables, a just transition for workers and communities, and universal access to clean energy.

In the UK, Interfaith week was launched in Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2009 (after a Scottish model of 2004) to work together ‘for the wellbeing of our society, our wider global community and the planet that is our home.’ In 2021, faith leaders in the UK issued a joint ‘Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26’, noting a common ‘obligation to be responsible in caring for our common home, the Earth.’ And after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, faith groups leaders signed an ‘Open Letter’ in 2020 urging the government to ensure that an economic recovery strategy reduces the impact of climate change.

The important contribution of faith-based organisations to civil society in fostering social change is recognised, and there is a common concern among the faith communities for the environment. But this needs to be translated into action by local faith communities as we work together and with other agencies to realise this vision of the common good. We pray that our faith communities may continue to work together to build mutual understanding and facilitate change in our communities.

PAUL OVEREND – CHANCELLOR

Worship & Mission

Weekly service schedule
The service sheet for the coming fortnight can be viewed on the cathedral website (click link to visit)

Stillpoint – 14 November
The Stillpoint silent contemplative prayer meeting takes place monthly. The next meetings are on 14 November, and then on December 19, from 8.40am-9.20am in the Ringers Chapel.

St Hugh’s Day – 17 November
On St Hugh’s day, our Solemn Eucharist is at 12noon, attended by the Non-Residentiary Canons of the College of St Hugh. Members of the congregation welcome and are also invited to join the College of St Hugh for a Public Lecture at 3pm, entitled ‘We’re Going Local: Church, Subsidiarity & the Common Good’?, This will be followed by tea together at 4pm, before the Solemn Evensong at 5.30pm. The preacher and lecturer is Rev Simon Cuff, author of ‘Love in Action: Catholic Social Teaching for Every Church’ (SCM 2019). Fr Simon is Vicar of St Peter’s De Beauvoir, London N1, a fellow of The Centre for Theology, and former tutor and lecturer at St Mellitus College.

Community

Lincoln Cathedral Choir
We made up two probationers to chanters on Tuesday this week at Evensong: congratulations to William and Isaac!

 Lincoln Cathedral Community Association
LCCA is in need for more volunteers to assist with the refreshments rota on a Sunday morning. If you’d be willing to help, please contact Simon Crookall, whose mobile number is 07922 602660.

Social Theology Lecture Series
The lectures, videos, and texts of from the first year of this series are now on the cathedral website under Learning: Lincoln Cathedral Common Good Project, https://lincolncathedral.com/education-learning/lincoln-cathedral-common-good-project/

Community Book Group – 19 November
The Cathedral Community Book Group next meet 10.30am-11.30am on Saturday 19 November. We will be discussing ‘Priesthood for All Believers’ by Simon Cuff (SCM 2022). Please buy and read the set book in advance of the discussion. It is available in the Cathedral shop.

Our January book will be ‘Faith after Doubt’, by Brian C Mclaren (Hodder and Stoughton 2021, ISBN 978-1529384451), which will be discussed on the morning of Saturday 21st January. In this book, Mclaren develops a four-stage model of faith development (simplicity, complexity, perplexity and harmony) in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. This will be in the cathedral bookshop shortly.

Farewell to Will Harrison
Our Chapter Clerk and COO Will Harrison departs with his family for exciting new pastures at the end of the year. He has served us in this role with great dedication since 2017, leading the cathedral through organisational change and making a significant contribution in implementing the strategic priorities of Chapter.

Alongside that, Will has played an active part in our worshipping life particularly in the cathedral choir. Will began as a choral scholar while studying at BGU back in 1996. He has been a Lay Vicar three separate times since 2004. Following in his footsteps, his children Daniel and Chloe are present day choristers.

On Sunday 18th December there will opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for their time amongst us at the end of the 10am Eucharist.

If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift you can do so online at https://www.collectionpot.com/pot/3040340  or from 21 November there will be a card and collection in the Vergers Vestry.

On behalf of Chapter we wish Will, Alex, Daniel and Chloe every blessing for their future life in Suffolk. We will miss them very much.

Lincoln Cathedral Community Association (LCCA)
Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Members of the Lincoln Cathedral Community Roll are invited to attend the LCCA AGM on Monday 14 November 2022 at 7pm in the Chapter House. Entry for this meeting will be via the Judgement Door of the Cathedral after Evensong and coffee will be served in the Chapter House from 6.30pm followed by the AGM at 7pm.  We look forward to welcoming you and, if you are unable to attend, please send your apologies by email to lcca@lincolncathedral.com or by speaking to a committee member.

Events

Lincoln Cathedral Shop Christmas Preview evening
Friday 18 November
Join us in Lincoln Cathedral Shop as we launch our Christmas range for 2022. Enjoy a truly festive atmosphere, and light refreshments supplied by The Lincoln Tea and Coffee Company, and the Original Cake Company. Plus, we will be unveiling the new and exclusive dean’s Eye Gin created for the Cathedral by the Lincoln Gin Company.

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday 19 November
Lincoln Cathedral Choir return with their performance of Handel’s Messiah, a spectacular piece of music which is to be accompanied by Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra.

Royal Salute concert
Thursday 24 November
Join the full-time professional musicians of the Royal Air Force for a special event in the Nave of Lincoln Cathedral. The Nave of Lincoln Cathedral will provide an incredible backdrop for a special fund-raising concert in aid of the RAF Music Charitable Trust and other charities.

Carols by Candlelight
Wednesday 14 December
The Friends of Lincoln Cathedral once again host their very popular annual concert of Carols by Candlelight in the Nave at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14 December. Join the Lincoln Cathedral Choir to sing seasonal carols by candlelight.

Tickets are priced from £8.50

A pre-concert dinner is available in the Cathedral Cafe. Please book your table directly by calling 01522 561654.

Two courses with welcome drink: £29.95
Three courses with welcome drink: £38.95

For full details of events, and to book tickets, please visit https://lincolncathedral.com/forthcoming-events/

Bible Readings

Sunday 13 November
Second Sunday before Advent
Remembrance Sunday

Eucharist
Malachi 4. 1-2a
2 Thessalonians 3. 6-13
Luke 21. 5-19

Evening Prayer
Daniel 6
Matthew 13. 1-9, 18-23

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Sunday 20 November
Sunday next before Advent
Christ the King

Eucharist
Jeremiah 23. 1-6
Colossians 1. 11-20
Luke 23. 33-43

Evening Prayer
1 Samuel 8. 4-20
John 18. 33-37

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Sunday 27 November
First Sunday of Advent

Eucharist
Isaiah 2. 1-5
Romans 13.11-end
Matthew 24. 36-44

Evening Prayer
Isaiah 52. 1-12
Matthew 24. 15-28

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