The National Council of Churches in Denmark and the World Council of Churches is hosting an international ecumenical service in Copenhagen’s Lutheran Cathedral, Vor Frue Kirke, the Church of Our Lady, on Sunday 13 December 2009 at 2 pm.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, well-known for his deep commitment to the issue of climate changes, will be preaching. Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu will say the benediction.
The Catholic Church will be represented by Caritas Mexico President Bishop Gustavo Rodriguez Vega.
Church leaders from places in the world already suffering the consequences of climate change will also participate.
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, General Secretary Samuel Kobia from the World Council of Churches together with other church leaders and political leaders will be attending the celebration.
Dignitaries and politicians involved in the COP15 negotiations are also invited.
As Christians from all over the world we will unite in praying for a successful and just outcome to the negotiations for the benefit of the world.
You are also welcome. There are seats for the public. But do show up early in order to be sure to get a seat. Doors open at 1 p.m. and everyone must be seated by 1.40 p.m.
International bellringing: The celebration will end with the church bells ringing 350 times. This is a part of the joint global bell-ringing action to take place at 3 pm local time on Sunday 13 December all over the world. Marking our hope and our resolve to act for the world, church bells will ring out across the globe through all time zones, starting in Fiji in the South Pacific, where the day begins, and continuing in Copenhagen and across Denmark. Europe on to the USA and Canada, concluding again in the Pacific, where the day ends. 350 refers to 350ppm (parts per million), the maximum acceptable level of CO2 emissions, according to the UN.
You can read more about the bellringing here.