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Time to Act

A Resource Book by the Christians in Extinction Rebellion

by Jeremy Williams

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From Christian Climate Action, this passion-filled read is a stirring call to action against climate change

  • For anyone passionate about saving the planet

  • This stimulating resource book sets out the moral and religious case for joining the struggle against climate change

  • A compelling read which will stir you into action

  • Author

    Jeremy Williams

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    SPCK Publishing

  • Published

    February 2020

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‘The climate crisis is the biggest issue facing humanity today. . . It is only together that we can make a difference.’ - Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Christian Aid

Written by members and friends of Christian Climate Action, this stimulating resource book sets out the moral and religious case for joining the struggle against climate change. It reflects on the Christian tradition of non-violent direct action, and offers deeply moving testimonies by those engaged in such protests today, along with powerful sermons, prayers, liturgies and other spiritual resources.

Now is the time to act! Don’t let it pass you by!

‘This is a landmark book. It is nothing short of an invitation to join the holy uprising of people sweeping the globe who will not be silent in the face of the destruction of God’s earth.’ - Shane Claiborne, Red Letter Christian


Introduction: Jeremy Williams


1 We were not prepared for candles and prayers - Ruth Valerio

2 The story of Christian Climate Action - Caroline Harmon

3 The third way – what Jesus said about non-violence

4 The ethics of civil disobedience - Simon Kittle

5 An appeal to the church - Francesca Laven

6 The Faith Bridge – the importance of multi-faith actions

7 Tell the truth – civil disobedience in the Jewish tradition - Rabbi Jeffrey Newman

8 Learning from Martin Luther King

9 Re-engaging with the powers - Vanessa Elston

10 Apocalypse now – Revelation for a climate crisis - Jon Swales

11 This monstrous shadow – race, climate and justice - Anthony G Reddie

12 The strategy of a non-violent unprising: disruption and sacrifice - Martin Newell and Holly-Anna Petersen

13 How indigenous perspectives offer hope to a beseiged planet - Randy Woodley

14 Is it too late? - Stefan Skrimshire

15 How dare they! - Caroline Beckett


16 Burnout is not the sacrifice we need - Holly-Anna Petersen

17 The making of an activist - Ruth Jarman

18 Beyond hope and despair - Paul Bodenham

19 Dear Earth - Satya Robyn

20 Standing with the crucified - Martin Newell

21 Climate eldership - Phil Kingston

22 In court – right where I’m supposed to be - Samantha Lindo

23 Wisdom from the whirlwind – a call to humility and joy - Bill McKibben

24 Fire is fire - Vanessa Nakate

25 A visible Christian presence - Helen Burnett

26 Rebel Eucharist - Adam Earl

27 Life in the shadow of death - Hannah Malcolm

28 Contemplating extinction - Jeremy H Kidwell

29 How a Franciscan brother found XR - Brother Finnian

30 In whose hands? - Sam Wakeling


31 How can the Church support its activists?

32 How my church supported the rebellion - Giles Goddard

33 Arrestable? Three stories to help you decide - Jo Rand, Mark Coleman and Hilary Bond

34 Everybody now – getting involved without getting arrested

35 Supporting XR as a family

36 Distinctively Christian direct actions?

37 How to declare a climate emergency - Green Christian

38 Running grief circles - Melanie Nazareth

39 Liturgies, prayers, songs and declarations


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Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians committed to prayerful direct action and public witness in response to climate breakdown.

Inspired by Jesus Christ, and social justice movements of the past, CCA carries out acts of non-violent protest to urge those in power to make the changes needed.

For more information, visit the CCA website:

The general editor and spokesperson for this project is Jeremy Williams. Jeremy is an independent writer and campaigner specializing in communicating social and environmental issues to a mainstream audience. As well as his work with Extinction Rebellion, he has worked on projects for Oxfam, RSPB, WWF, Tearfund and many others. He is a co-founder of the Postgrowth Institute and co-author of The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a grown up economy (Policy Press, 2019). His award winning website, The Earthbound Report, was recognised as Britain's number one green blog in 2018.


  • Author

    Jeremy Williams

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    SPCK Publishing

  • Published

    February 2020

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  • Dimensions

    129 x 196 x 24 mm

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  • Author/Creator: Jeremy Williams

  • ISBN: 9780281084463

  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing

  • Release Date: February 2020

  • Weight: 302g

  • Dimensions: 129 x 196 x 24 mm

  • Eden Code: 5114512


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