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‘ICONIC WESTMINSTER CHURCH URGES MAKE COP COUNT’
Methodist Central Hall Westminster (MCHW) unveiled a banner on Sunday, 17th October saying, ‘We’re praying for COP26’. The banner is part of a global action from churches, temples, and mosques calling for climate justice and care for the vulnerable.
The church members posed for pictures in front of the banner which has been hung from MCHW opposite 'United Nations Green'. MCHW was the venue for the first meeting of the United Nations in 1946, so it is an apt place for this 'global Christian family' to highlight the issues caused by Climate Change. Methodist Central Hall Westminster is just a stones throw from Parliament and Downing Street and it sits opposite Westminster Abbey.
Revd Tony Miles, Superintendent Minister at MCHW said, ‘We wanted to make a public declaration to assure people we are praying for COP26 and to inspire others to do same. We are urging the world leaders gathering in Glasgow next month to ‘make COP count’ and, as a Church and Conference Centre, we are endeavouring to make a difference locally too.’
Eliana Achila a 13-year-old member of Methodist Central Hall Westminster said, ‘Climate change is real and it is the poorest and most vulnerable on our planet that bears the greatest cost.’
As one of the oldest meeting places in the UK, MCHW and its conference centre, Central Hall Westminster Ltd, know first-hand that sustainability is a vital ingredient for our future. Methodist Churches from across the country are signing up to become ‘Eco Churches’ as they take action on climate change. Central Hall Westminster was awarded a ‘ECOsmart Gold award in November 2020 (see https://www.chvenues.com/chw-gold-ecosmart-venue/).