The Jamaica Call to Action (JCTA) was the result of the Lausanne Global Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel in 2012. Attended by theologians, church leaders, scientists and creation care practitioners, the aim was to build on the creation care components of the Cape Town Commitment. The meeting led to 2 primary conclusions.
Firstly, it is that creation care is indeed a ‘gospel issue within the lordship of Christ’. Informed and inspired by the study of the Scripture, those who attended reaffirmed that creation care is an issue that must be included in our response to the gospel, proclaiming and acting upon the good news of what God has done and will complete for the salvation of the world. This is not only biblically justified, but an integral part of our mission and an expression of our worship to God for his wonderful plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. Therefore, our ministry of reconciliation is a matter of great joy and hope, and we would care for creation even if it were not in crisis.
Secondly, we are faced with a crisis that is pressing, urgent, and that must be resolved in our generation. Many of the world’s poorest people, ecosystems, and species of flora and fauna are being devastated by violence against the environment in multiple ways, of which global climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water stress, and pollution are but a part. We can no longer afford complacency and endless debate. Love for God, our neighbours and the wider creation, as well as our passion for justice, compel us to ‘urgent and prophetic ecological responsibility’
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Based on these 2 convictions, there is a call for action on:
1. A new commitment to a simple lifestyle
2. New and robust theological work
3. Leadership from the church in the Global South
4. Mobilisation of the whole church and engagement of all of society
5. Environmental mission among unreached people groups
6. Radical action to confront climate change
7. Sustainable principles in food production
8. An economy that works in harmony with God’s creation
9. Local expressions of creation care
10. Prophetic advocacy and healing reconciliation
Find out more about the JCTA here.
full document can be accessed here.