By Bellah Zulu, ACNS
The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has introduced a new course on “greenhouse theology” to empower priests with knowledge about creation, the environment and its preservation.
Harare Bishop Chad Gandiya announced this yesterday at a press conference held at St Mary and All Saints Cathedral in Harare which was attended by many high-level government officials including the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Saviour Kasukuwere.
“The course on greenhouse theology is taught to all those training for the ordained ministry in the Anglican Church and it is our hope that the priests will take this to the parishes they will be assigned to in their dioceses,” said Bp Gandiya.
He emphasised the importance that Anglican Churches around the world attach to the environment. He cited the Anglican Communion’s fifth mark of mission, which encourages Anglicans to “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
The Bishop also announced that the youths in his diocese would be spearheading a clean-up campaign on October 26 in Harare. He said, “We will not only be cleaning certain parts of our city, but even more importantly, raise awareness in our capital city, and indeed in Zimbabwe as a whole, about caring for the environment through proper or smart disposal of our waste.”
The Church will also hold other localised campaigns in all urban and rural Parishes. “We want everyone to take action for a green, clean environment,” said Bishop Gandiya. “For this to happen we need a complete change in everyone’s mind-set, hence the importance of raising awareness.”
He added, “All we are saying to all Zimbabweans is Keep It Clean, Zimbabwe. Let’s work together to promote and encourage action around the four R’s of Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Rejoice.”
The Diocese of Harare is a partner of the Green Church Movement, which is co-ordinated by Environment Africa, a body that encourages all Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) to get involved and take action on environmental issues.
“Together let’s take care of our planet earth by respecting and protecting our forests, our animals, our water, our air, our soil, and our flora and fauna,” said Bishop Gandiya. “Let’s stop polluting and poisoning God’s creation. Let’s start caring for God’s world because a sustainable future is possible.”