Focusing on the 99% of Christians who minister through their workplaces, Lausanne’s Global Workplace Forum <www.lausanne.org/gatherings/lausanne-global-workplace-forum> held in Manila June 25-29 was also an opportunity to draw the church’s attention to the vital importance of caring for God’s creation. One of the evening plenaries featured a creation care segment with Dave Bookless appearing on video, Ed Brown interviewing Rocio Parra, an environmental attorney and PhD candidate from Chile who specializes in the Law of the Seas. Lausanne’s Director of Regions Las Newman from Jamaica closed the segment with an eloquent prayer. Creation care was well represented during the rest of the week as well, with seminars on Environmental Justice (in partnership with the Justice Network), Biodiversity and Business, and Climate Change in the workplace.
For the 3rd time in a row, a small team in Germany gathered recently to do some environmental education activities at the annually held Freakstock, a festival run by the Christian Jesus Freaks movement. In the “Cathedral of Woods and Meadows”, people were invited to join workshops and excursions to the beautiful forests surrounding it, or simply to enjoy the peace at the “cathedral”, at a busy festival attended by several thousand people.