Hilfield Friary Holds a Climate Write In

On Sunday 14th December, after a sermon in the Eucharist about how John the Baptist  prayed (in the desert), practised a simple lifestyle (foraged locusts and camel hair clothes) and engaged in politics (criticising  King Herod's corrupt taxation system), the Hilfield Friary community enjoyed African Fair Trade honey with home baked rolls for breakfast. Afterwards, community members and guests held a Hope For The Future Climate Write-In', asking their various MPs to get realistic climate change policies into their manifestos before the General Election next May. We asked ' What is in your party's manifesto that will enable the UK to reach the target of at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as set out in the 2008 Climate Change Act'. The completed letters (with environmental pictures by those too young to write) lay in front of the altar in the Friary chapel for the rest of the day and were later sent off. By combining prayer, practice and politics - with  proclamation on the internet - we hope we are walking in the sandals of the Prophet John