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6 Nov. 6pm for 7pm GC Annual Members Meeting Bristol
 7 Nov 2015 GC ‘Joy in Enough’ day conf Bristol
30 Jan: Ecocell/Way of life events at London

10-12 June:  2016 Green Christian Retreat

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Lent Courses

Lent bible studies and discussion groups offer an opportunity to study the Christian Responsibility (and indeed, responsibility of all people) for care of the environment.

to read comments sent in in Autumn 2010 by groups that have used specific courses

Here are a list of resources recommended by CEL members and others. (newest at top)

  1. Breathe Detox Lent Course
  2. 2012: Lent 4.5 programme-  is a seven-week faith formation program in Christian Simplicity. (American) - do look at it. 4.5 for 4.5 acres.
  3. 2012 - -provides daily actions and prayers for Lent - starting on Wed 22 Feb
  4. 2012 And it was good - Responding to God's gift of Creation - Anglican communion Lent Course
  5. 2011: Aberdeen and Orkney Diocese: Green Lent Course
  6. 2011: York Diocese Lent Course: Give us this day our daily bread
  7. 2011: Stations of the Forest
  8. 2011: Tearfund Carbon Fast - materials, daily emails
  9. 2010 Lent course: Love for the Future
  10. Ecumenical Water Network Lenten Reflections 2010.
  11. Live Life Love Lent 2009
  12. Omega Climate Course - five session course being updated for 2009
  13. Tearfund Carbon Fast
  14. Methodist Church launches alternative credit card for Lent -
  15. Wells for India 2008 - Resource material for Lent
  16. What does the bible say about climate change? - Methodist Study pack- 2008 - downloadable
  17. 'What on Earth are we doing? Devon Lent course 2007 - with Radio Devon Resource Pack and CDs - audio files worth listening to added 18 Jan 2008
  18. The Earth in Our Hands Lincolnshire Churches and Radio Lincolnshire - Resource Pack and CDs from 2007
  19. Chris Polhill Lent book
  20. EcoCongregation resources
  21. Live Life, Love Lent 2 Birmingham booklet 50 Actions for Lent - 2008 edition
  22. Daily Eco-Deeds (and some other Deeds too)
  23. Whose World Five Studies Church in Society, Diocese of Canterbury and Rochester
  24. Sage has some resources which can be used (A Christian Environment Group in Oxford)

Stations of the Forest

DVD - Stations of the Rainforests. - and resource booklet
For Lent 2011, Columban Faith and Justice in Britain has produced a new DVD, Stations of the Rainforests. This revised audio-visual incorporates more global issues related to rainforest destruction, such as the impact of extractive industries, loss of biodiversity and climate change. Links are revealed with human impoverishment and loss of livelihoods. A Resource Booklet accompanies the DVD, providing the script, an agenda for meetings using the DVD, a reflection for each of the Stations and material for liturgies. £7 inclusive of p&p from Columban JPIC Office, St. Joseph’s, Watford Way, Hendon, London NW4 4TY. 020 8202 2555.


2010 Lent course:

Love for the future Love for the future is the title of the Bath & Wells diocesan Lent course for 2010. It is currently being written, scripted and filmed by a team put together by the Diocesan Environment Group. The six-week course concentrates on issues of social justice and the environment and covers six main topics; respect, compassion, simplicity, active justice, repentance and hope. Each week's session includes a 15-minute DVD film suitable for house groups and services, also group discussion material, bible study notes and pointers to other resources.The course, which will also be suitable for occasions other than Lent, explores the way that different kinds of spirituality can help generate the attitudes we need to face and influence the future. It argues that to develop family and community life, respond to the environmental crisis, and work towards the Millennium Development Goals we need the six qualities featured (respect, compassion, simplicity, active justice, repentance and hope). Drawing on the experience and insights of church members from across the diocese, of diocesan advisers and the bishops, the course suggests ways that we can allow God to develop these in us. Preliminary material for course planning will be available in Autumn 2009. Full materials will be available January 2010. Lent begins on 17th February. For further information see the publications Connect or Grapevine, or the DEG's own newsletter and website, Or you can contact: David Maggs, Diocesan Social Justice and Environment Adviser on 01749 670777 or at, or David Osborne, Chair of the Diocesan Environment Group on 01749 890423 or at



Ecumenical Water Network delves into "Holy Waters" during Lent

Blessing of Waters on the feast of Epiphany near the Finnish Orthodox monastery of Valamo.

"Holy Waters" is the theme of this year's Lenten reflections provided by the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN). Starting on Monday 15 February the weekly reflections will explore the connection between the way water is used in different liturgical practices and our "daily water".

"This year's Seven Weeks recall the deep liturgical roots of baptism and baptismal preparation as the heart of Lent, pointing to the use of water by the church at prayer." says the Rev. Dr John Gibaut, director of the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC). "The Christian community's liturgical use of water has the potential to be a rich source of theological reflection about what water is, and about the care with which it is used."

The texts are being posted week by week on along with complementary links and ideas for activities for individuals and congregations. Among them are reflections on Christ's baptism by the Rev. Dr David Holeton of Charles University ( Prague , Czech Republic ), the Blessing of Waters by Elias Crisostomo Abramides of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and South America , as well as "Living wet" by Presbyterian theologian and song-writer Rev. Chip Andrus.

Worship materials for World Water Day 2010 on 22 March and for Maundy