CANON PATRICK’S 89 th LETTER * 89ain LLYTHYR CANON PATRICK
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In 1992 I was asked to give one of the addresses during an ecumenical service on the Prom
in Aberystwyth, held to coincide with the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
The other speaker was Cynog Dafis, who had just been elected as Plaid/Green MP for
Ceredigion. I had just returned from leading a retreat on the Scottish island of Iona, and so
was full of enthusiasm for the caring attitude towards God’s creation shown by the early
That was almost 30 years ago. In the meantime, there have plenty of other summits,
conferences and international agreements on the subject of climate change, and another
important meeting is to take place in Glasgow later this year. Some signs have been
encouraging, others less so. The ‘Green agenda’ has gone in and out of fashion several
times, often as a result of economic pressures on individuals, particular industries or society
as a whole. Meanwhile, as Mike has been reminding us in the prayers during recent weeks,
the changing climate and the catastrophic weather events that it so often causes have had a
devastating effect in many parts of the world.
It would be easy to feel helpless and bury our heads in the sand, but in the end that does no
good to anyone. My wife Helen was one of seven children, brought up in a small suburban
semi. As a result, she has always avoided waste (her family couldn’t afford to do otherwise).
She has always lived simply, and has tried (with varying success) to teach me to do the
same. While politicians have made sweeping statements and set innumerable targets, Helen
has got on quietly and unassumingly doing all sorts of small things that contribute towards
healing our wounded earth. I know a great many others, including many members of our
congregations, who have been doing the same. None of us can save the planet on our own,
but if we all try to start with at least one small thing (which may lead to others) the
cumulative effect can be amazing.
Our sincere sympathy to the family of Mrs Eirwen Gibbard, whose strictly private funeral
takes place on Thursday. She was 100 years old. Mrs Gibbard was married in Christ Church
and she and her husband used to attend Evensong faithfully while their health permitted.
ZOOM SERVICES: Wednesday 3 March (ST NON) 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST (readings
p.290); Thursday 4 March 7pm ‘Holy Habits’ Lent Course; Friday 5 March (‘World Day of
Prayer’) 11am Cymraeg; 2pm English; Sunday 7 March 9am HOLY EUCHARIST (readings,
p.83); 5pm EVENING PRAYER; Wednesday 10 March 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST (readings,
p.359) Canon Patrick