Less prayer, more presence

A seaside church in Tuvalu.
A seaside church in Tuvalu.

It’s not every day that a young Pacific islander tells regional church leaders to stop praying about climate change and take firm, practical measures which people can see.

Fresh off the flight from COP27 in Egypt, Tuvalu's Maina Talia walked into a meeting of Pacific church elders and told them that in the battle to save sinking atolls, the time for prayer was over.

There was a stunned silence.

"We cannot keep praying," Talia said.

"We really need the support of the . . .

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