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Loving Our Future Neighbour: Earth-Keeping as Christian Witness

Date

Thursday 11 November | 7:00pm

Online Event

How wide and deep is our mission in the world? And what responsibility do we bear as a holistic witness to our descendants?

Typically, ‘mission’ means joining in God’s plans for human flourishing, calling all to align with the just and loving reign of Jesus over all things.  And yet we’re now recognising that Christ’s sovereignty is over the whole cosmos, concerned with the shalom of all creatures as a testimony to God’s caring rule.

In this year’s John Stott London Lecture, drawing directly on Stott’s writings on creation care and her own ongoing research on human-environment interactions in Asia, Dr Laura Yoder will show that creation care is a vital part of Christian life and witness, holding an integral place in our everyday discipleship.

Through the work of groups like A Rocha, and the faithful service of ordinary Christians in their diverse vocations, we are called to love our future neighbour – those yet to be born, who will inherit what we make of God’s created world. Earth-keeping, then, becomes an essential aspect of our Christian witness, revealing God’s sustaining love for all creation across all time.

Dr Laura Yoder is Director and John Stott Chair of Human Needs and Global Resources, and Professor of Environmental Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois. Her research highlights the sociopolitical aspects of our common ecological issues, drawing on years of grounded fieldwork. In 2021, she completed Living Radical Discipleship (Langham) and John Stott on Creation Care (IVP).  The latter, originally drafted by R.J. ‘Sam’ Berry, is the definitive anthology of Stott’s writings revealing his passion for the environment and creation care’s place in Christian discipleship.

The John Stott London Lecture is organised by representatives of All Souls Langham Place, A Rocha, Langham Partnership, and the LICC.

We hope to have Dr Yoder lecturing in person at All Souls Langham Place, and also livestreamed online. If the ongoing pandemic makes this impossible, the lecture will be entirely online. Please check johnstottlondonlecture.org.uk for updates.

 

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