Jeremy Corbyn will join worshippers at the Labour Party’s conference church service in Brighton on Sunday. The new Labour leader will hear how church groups are campaigning for more action on climate change.
The church service is a traditional Labour Party event at the beginning of the party’s annual conference. The event brings together conference delegates with local church members. The service is organised by Christians on the Left, which brings together Christians in the Labour Party.
Worshippers will hear at first hand how climate change is affecting the world’s poor. After the service, people will be invited to attend a short vigil on Brighton beach.
This year, the conference service is being held at One Church Brighton, Gloucester Place from 9:15am. It will include contributions from Tear Fund, Christian Aid, and CAFOD. The main speaker will be Krish Kandiah, from the London School of Theology.
Miguel Magalang, a councillor from the Philippines, will talk about the importance of climate change for people around the world, especially the poor. He will invite worshippers to join him on the beach for a vigil. MPs will be among those taking part in the vigil, at 11:30am on Brighton beach to the west of the main pier, with some getting their feet wet.
Andy Flannagan, director of Christians on the Left, said:
“Christians are at the forefront campaigning on poverty and climate change issues. The climate change talks taking place in Paris soon will be crucial for the future of the world. That’s why we chose this theme for the service. We are delighted that Jeremy will be joining us.”
The conference service is the first of a number of events organised by Christians on the Left. These include:
- A prayer breakfast focusing on the persecuted church, particularly in the Middle East
- A debate with Blue Labour on welfare and justice
- A fringe meeting with British Future asking 'What should Labour say about immigration?'
Full details can be found on the Christians on the Left website.