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Fossil Free Nativity celebrates C of E disinvestment in 2014.

 
Fossil Free Nativity celebrates C of E disinvestment in 2014.

Fossil Free Nativity celebrates C of E disinvestment in 2014.

Fossil Free Nativity celebrates C of E disinvestment in 2014.
by Westley Ingram.

In 2014 the Church of England is considering disinvestment from fossil fuels. This is part of a campaign to get Churches and other great institutions to withdraw their support from businesses whose business is ecocide.

This is good news! Despite a disappointing survey released by the C of E’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group the fact that this is up for discussion and before the Synod is encouraging.

To celebrate the prospect of the Church providing some leadership in the ‘Peace on Earth’ movement that Jesus Christ identified with so long ago a Fossil Free Nativity was performed in front of St Paul’s Cathedral.

No oil, no oil the angels did sing No more fossil fuels just invest in green things Solar panels, local food, and other green stuff Insulate all buildings then we’ll be warm enough No Oil, no oil, no oil, no oil Now is the time to divest from those fuels!

There were shepherds, there were wise people (from East Anglia) and there were the production values you might expect from a school nativity play.

The original themes of the nativity are present: The prospect of a cruel heartless Government in league with faceless foreign powers being replaced by a new administration where the last will be first and first will be last.

The details were only slightly amended. Joseph now fits Solar panels, Herods’ advisors are BP and EDF and this time all the children are killed due to climate change instead of at the end of a sword. Nevertheless a good time was had by all.

For a look at the script you can try this:
http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/FossilFreeNativity2013.pdf

1. http://brightnow.org.uk/
2. http://gofossilfree.org/
3. http://brightnow.org.uk/action/church-england-biased-survey-fossil-fuel-disinvestment/

 
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