Christian Ecology Link
CEL is an ecumenical organisation. It also has denominational subgroups: "Denominational teams".
Methodist Team Page
The aims of the Methodist Denominational Team are:
- To enable people to become aware of Methodist Church resources about the environment.
- To help where necessary with the loan of material that is no longer in print.
- To publicise environmental activities that are being carried out by individual Methodists both within and outside the church.
|Creation Challenge - Methodist-URC Environmental Network website
||The Interface Discussion Website run by Methodist Church with Environment Section - Now archived, but useful links
News / Archive
The Methodist Church has "Conference" each year when decisions about the church are made. In 2011 it is taking place inthe first week of July in Southport.
On Monday 4th July, The Methodist Conference agreed that failure to acknowledge the
urgent need for radical cuts in greenhouse gas emissions was "morally irresponsible" in a statement adopted by the Church.
Here are some useful links
The church launched a page about reducing the carbon footprint in
small medium and large churches -
The Methodist church has a useful book(let) 'Hope in God's Future' about climate change which was was produced in 2009 (It costs £5-00 or you can download it free) - You can use it for discussion groups.
and you can read the report at http://www.methodistconference.org.uk/media/44055/36..pdf
Lower down the statement it includes (amongst many
other sections) the section:-
4.8 The need for action in relation to other environmental issues
In addressing the issue of climate change, we must also recognize that it is only one of
many environmental issues requiring attention by our Churches: related issues include
* threats to biodiversity;
* water shortages;
* depletion of non-renewable resources; and
* the impact of rapid rises in human population.
Climate change is but one manifestation of the impact of a global industrialised economy. Action in response to climate change will ameliorate the impact of some of these environmental challenges, but it is also required in these other areas.
Christian Discipleship in the Context of Climate Change
It is now possible to buy this book from Methodist Publishing House for £5-00 or to download the pdf file (60 sides,= 15 double sided A4) . There are study guides explaining how a group can study the book in one evening, in twoeveingings or as a day event.. I think for it to be useful everyone needs to have read the report and study guide before the study session.
||4 Nov 2009
The Impact of Climate Change & our response - The United Reformed Church is hosting a day exploring the joint URC and Methodist report on climate change theology: ‘Hope in God’s Future’ on Wednesday 4th November at Carrs Lane URC, Birmingham .
This summer this major report will be launched via the Creation Challenge website. The report was debated at the Methodist conference and is to be to be debated further in circuits and districts with a view to it becoming a Statement of Conference in 2011. Hope in God’s Future debate at Methodist Conference - July 2009
||Bristol Methodist District Eco-issues webpage
||Jan 2008 - Dec 2009
||Visit the blog of the "St John's Methodist Church, Settle, Rainforest Fund Project."
||Free downloadable video:
||Methodist Church launches alternative credit card for Lent
||Lent or anytime
||What does the bible say about climate change? - Methodist Study pack- 2008 - downloadable
||Harvest Pack '07- from Methodist Church - El Salvador - Environment Problems. climate change - Useful resources, much of it downloadable.
10 July: Methodist Conference receive the report 'Caring for creation in the face of climate change', MDRF make a red footprint to show relative size of national carbon footprints. Report
||24-26 Nov 2006
||Church Stretton, Shropshire
|| ‘Think of a World…’ is an environmental conference to be held in Church Stretton, Shropshire from the 24 th to 26 th November . The conference will focus on climate change , impacts and action through key speakers, workshops, activities and an exhibition. Speakers include the President and Vice President of the Methodist Church Conference – Revd Graham Carter and Dudley Coates. There will also be a locally produced, animal friendly, organic and fairly traded café open all day on the Saturday. ‘Think of a World…’ THINK of the ways we and society impact on the Earth THINK what we want the world to look like in future years THINK how we can achieve this vision by taking action individually and working together PLEDGE with others to take action and learn more about how. The conference is being organised by the Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton District of the Methodist Church but everyone with an interest in the environment, climate change, and how we can take action is invited to attend and will be made welcome.
News May 2006
1) A UK Methodist-URC Environmental Network has formed. It has a website with news.
2) A new Methodist Website has been set up:The Interface is now live. The site provides a friendly space for Methodists to
discuss hot news topics and their implications for our faith.
3) Settle Methodist Church invites you to a wildflower walk and Medititaion for Environment Sunday on Jun 4th.
News Feb 2006
Methodist Study Pack 'Energy and Christian Responsibility', first published in July 2003 (See below), is now available at £3.50 from Methodist Publishing House, reduced from £7.50.Now that the Government has announced the Consultation on Energy Use and Sources, it is especially useful for groups and individuals wishing to study the issues involved.
The pack is still relevant although it was published in 2003, some of the detailed numbers may have changed, but the principles remain the same.
News: October 2005
John Anderson from the Shipley and Bingley Methodist Circuit is a local preacher. On 20 Oct He told the Bradford Diocese area Earthcare-Ecocongregation Meeting:
- how he had preached about the environment around the time of Environment Sunday (First Sunday in June).
- Now he has proposed that his Methodist church and each church in the Circuit should appoint an Eco-Officer (voluntary), just as each church has officers for Overseas Missions, Finance etc. He has written a job description for the post. His Church Meeting has adopted this proposal, as has the circuit.
- There will shortly be link to a copy of the job description
The Methodists and URC have together appointed a voluntary Network Co-ordinator, Gwen Jennings
News September 2005
West Yorkshorkshire District of Methodist Church produce book of prayers about the environment, written by people in the District: Cost £2-00 plus 35p p&P (discount for 10 or more) send cheque to WYS books, 19 Wentworth Court, Rastrick, Brighouse, W Yorks HD6 3XD 01484 719993
News: January 2005
"For the sin that has led us to misuse your gifts,
evade our reponsibilitites,
and fail to be good stewards of your creation -
Lord have mercy, Lord forgive"
Words from the Methodist Covenant Service, used at the beginning of each new year.
News: September 2004
UK Methodist Church signs Climate Covenant
News: July 2004
THe following "Notice of Motion" has just been passed at Loughborough at
THE METHODIST CONFERENCE June-July 2004:
79. Notice of Motion 19: Global Warming
This Conference, mindful of the Church's Environmental Policy, adopted in
2000 and recognising that the impacts of climate change are the greatest
threat to human survival and well-being for this and succeeding generations,
especially for the most vulnerable people in our world expressed the view
that Governments, including Her Majesty Government, have failed to address
the issue with the urgency it demands.
- endorses, in the line with the Churches Together in Britain
and Ireland's commitment, the Christian Ecology Link-initiated, 'Operation
"Human development stands at a crossroads. We invite all people of
good will to make a new covenant for the earth's climate with Operation
Noah, by declaring with us:
- world leaders must act to avert dangerous climate change and
give everyone fair access to fuel in a sustainable world economy.
- we ask the UK Government to lead negotiations
- we will take action personally to reduce greenhouse gas
- asks churches and individual Methodists to take up the issue
of climate change locally with Councils, MPs and then with all candidates in
the run-up to the General Election.
- directs the Connexional Team to guide Methodists to further
resources through the website and the Connexional Link Mailing.
Notes taken from the Report about Methodist Conference the Methodist Recorder July 8th 2004:
The notice of motion on global warming was proposed by the REV DR PAUL BEETHAM (East Anglia) and DEACON
GORDON WALLACE (East Anglia).
Dr Beetham described this as a justice issue. Deacon Gordon said one way of immediately acting
against global warming would be to support the RAINBOW PILGRIMAGE taking place in Coventry on
Saturday, October 9th, and promoted by the CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY LINK.
The Rev Paul Worsnop (Newcastle) said he believed global warming to be the most serious issue
facing the world. Even the Pentagon said it was the most serious issue for the future of the
world ... Mrs Anthea Cox (Co-ordinating Secretary, Public Life and Social Justice) said it was
hoped to produce a Methodist environmental network, managed by a voluntary co-ordinator.
Methodist Church House was the first UK church general office to convert to 'green electricity'.
The Rev David Perry (Lincoln and Grimsby) said a film director recently stated that a film he
directed was carbon neutral, and it might be interesting to consider a carbon-neutral conference.
News: March 2004
The Methodist Church has signed a new energy contract
which will provide electricity from renewable sources to Methodist
Church House, London. The new contract is in keeping with the Methodist
Church's environmental policy objective "to encourage the increased
use of renewable energy". A cost increase of approximately 10 per
cent will be covered by the Church's 'going green' budget. More..
News: September 2003
The Methodist Church in GB has appointed
a new Secretary for International Affairs, who started work this month,
His role is to coordinate work on global environmental concerns and
work on environmental issues. He is called Steve Hucklesby.
There has been a gap of over a year for this post, since Jennifer Potter
left it to go and be a Minister at Wesley Chapel London.
Steve says he is keen to hear from local churches what resources they
might find useful to encourage them to take part in the Eco-Congregation
Methodist 'Energy and Christian Responsibility' Study Pack
launched on 1st July 2003
The study pack is designed to help people share in an
informed debate and in the development of public policy, and to consider
what actions can be taken individually and in communities to achieve
a sustainable lifestyle.
The Energy Study Pack costs £7.50 per copy (reduced to £3-50 in Feb 2006), with UK post and packing
£3.00 per order, from Methodist Publishing House, 4 John Wesley Road,
Werrington, Peterborough PE4 6ZP (Tel: 01733 325002; Fax: 01733 384180),
The 'Energy and Christian Responsibility' Study Pack was launched at
The Methodist Conference in Llandudno on 1 July 2003. Present at the
launch were Revd David Deeks ( Co-ordinating Secretary for Church and
Society), and some members of the Cumbria District Group that compiled
the study guide. Mr Deeks commended the project to the Church and said
it was an excellent resource on a crucial environmental issue.
The project aims to help people share in the debate about energy production
and use, and to take action as individuals, families or churches. The
pack contains six programmes for group study and a CD ROM with more
detailed papers for further reading. The papers are on
1.. Energy resources
2.. The theology of energy use and production
3.. A general paper 'What lies in the Future?'
4.. Risks in energy production and use
The topics of the group sessions are:
1.. What lies in the future?
2.. Energy use in transport
3.. Nuclear power
4.. Renewable energy
5.. Weighing the risks
6.. What do we do about it?
News: June 2003
Methodist Church, Cheltenham: Eco-congregation page - The 17th Church
in Britain to receive Eco-Congregation Award
words "Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can"
are well known.
Many Methodists are good at following this and save materials they have
finished with for reuse or recycling. A closer look at the sermon in
which John Wesley used those words shows he was talking about stewardship
of resources in general, - but especially of money
Nowadays we know that it is important to be good stewards not just of
money, but of the the world God has given us.
News: May 2002
Methodist Church became the first Church in Great Britain to
be awarded the Eco Congregation Award by Environmental Campaigns (an
environmental charity which runs the Keep Britain Tidy, Gong for Green,
and Church Environmental projects.)
News: December 2001
The Web editor has just been sent some current and back
issues of "Africa Link" a newsletter produced by Bob Mann and MRDF.
These report on local sustainable agricultural initiatives and projects
in West Africa, North Africa and South Africa. e.g. "Preference for
a non-hybrid variety of cacao" "An intensive organic garden with many
indigenous plant/crop species" " Farmers who know the importance of
planting indigenous trees". To request copies of Africa Link email
News: November 2001
Is your (Methodist) church interested in carrying out
an energy audit and working out simple ways of saving energy? Let us
know if you are - perhaps we can point to someone who can help. email
News: Oct 2000
The following notice of motion was unanimously approved
at the Darlington Synod on 7th October:
† The Darlington District Synod: †
1 †-† urges Circuit Superintendents to arrange for Circuit Meetings
to discuss the Conference report "The Methodist Church's Environmental
Policy", which includes objectives on six aspects of the environment
relevant to individual lifestyles, the on-going life of the church and
to the construction, maintenance and use of church buildings.† †
2† -† encourages individual members of†Synod to familiarise themselves
with environmental issues, and the† resources available under the national
Eco-Congregation Programme, so as to stimulate discussion and practical
action on these matters at local church level. †
John Wearmouth who was
involved in this notice of motion says that there have been a number
of enquiries about it since then.
Why not have a notice of motion like this in your District?
Crook Methodist Church House Group received
the CEL Millennium Certificate at the end of October
On July 30th Selly Oak Methodist
Church, Birmingham received the CEL Millennium Certificate
On Saturday 24th June 2000 the Environment
Policy was presented and accepted by the UK Methodist Church
Jennifer Potter (right), Secretary for International Affairs of the
Methodist Church presented the Policy. John Wearmouth a Methodist from
County Durham (centre) told about the involvement of local Methodists
in the Durham and Newcastle area. David Pickering of Going for Green
talked about the Eco-Congregation programme. This picture was taken
in the early afternoon as the three were preparing for the session.
The statement says:.. `The Methodist Church affirms Christian mission
includes caring for God's earth and will endeavour to develop both the
theology and practical implications of this on a continuing basis...
The Methodist people are challenged and encouraged to care for the earth
by following sustainable practice and taking into account global and
local environmental considerations for present and future generations
* in the conservation and use of resources in the Church and at home
* in helping to develop more sustainable lifestyles
* in active involvement in Local Agenda 21 and other community initiatives
* in concerns for action on global environmental issues
To help fulfil this commitment, the policy adopted identifies six aspects
of the environment to work on: awareness and commitment; energy and
water; waste; materials and resources; natural and built environment;
travel. This step forward on the national Church front is an immense
encouragement and, hopefully, a challenge for other denominations to
follow! For more information about the Methodist Conference debate please
contact John Wearmouth
and a for a full copy of the resolution visit the Methodist
News: August 1999
At The UK Annual Methodist Conference in Scarborough
(1998) the following Notice of Motion was passed:
Conference directs the Methodist Council to prepare a Draft Environmental
Policy for the Methodist Church. Such a policy statement should relate
to all relevant areas of the Church's life.
The statement should:
The Methodist Council to report to the conference in
- spell out a commitment to act responsibly
on matters of environmental concern
- identify ways in which this commitment
can be translated into action
- identify the ways by which progress can
Proposed: Mr John E Wearmouth
Seconded: Revd Dr Stephen G Hatcher
Since then, a small group of people - mostly from the Darlington and
Newcastle districts - has been working on a draft text of the policy.
Before the end of this year this draft, amended as necessary will be
put to the Methodist Council for comment. In the light of their response,
further work will be done before the policy is reported to the 2000
Conference in Huddersfield. The drafters of the policy as it stands
are aware that it does not deal adequately with items (2) and (3) in
the Notice of Motion, and thus more work will need to be done on how
to turn the policy into action in the coming months.
Jennifer Potter is the Secretary for International Affairs for the Methodist
Church, 1 Central Buildings, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH says:
"If you are a Methodist (or indeed, anyone) with an interest in environmental
matters, and especially the Methodist Church's commitment to an environmental
policy, then we would like you to read this draft statement and send
us your comments and suggestions."
Please contact Jennifer
Potter (0207 222 8010) and ask for a copy of the draft statement.
Farm Walk and Harvest Festival at Malham - 12 September.
The Skipton and Grassington Methodist circuit joined Malham Congregation
for three farm walks to learn about the current problems of farming
in the dales, and about nature conservation and tourism. Click
here for pictures of the event
are available from the sources as shown:
Methodist Publishing House, 20, Ivatt Way, Peterborough, PE3 7PG
++44 (0)1733 332202 Please add 15% to the value of your goods for
postage and packing.
Methodist Relief and Development Fund, Methodist Church House,
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
Contact Christian Ecology Link to enquire about loan of items
that are out of stock at MPH or MRDF
Keep Warm and Save Money
A web page
you can download and print in your church magazine - written by John
Kibble, a Methodist in Cardiff, who gives advice on, and runs conferences
on Church Heating.
Making Peace with the Planet: A slide-tape meditation
on the environment.
Produced for One World Week in 1988 for use by churches
of all denominations, this meditation...prayer with slides pack lasts
about 15 minutes. It is based on the lovely hymn "All creatures
of our God and King". It can be used as part of a service, but
give it a good build up during the service otherwise the harsh realities
in the slides will take people by surprise. Even if your church did
use it in the past it would be very much worth using again..
The environmental situation is even more serious now, the slides are
still just as topical. If you haven't seen it, this slide pack really
is a must! Thoroughly recommended. Tryborrowing it from CEL
Floods and Rainbows
A study guide on the Environment - for those who care
about the future ISBN 1 873838 01 8 (1991) Editor: Angela Singleton
Material for eight workshops on different environmental problems are
provided by this book. In fact there is enough material in some chapters
to last about half a day so if you use it for an evening session you
can afford to be selective.
Elephants and millipedes - The organic revolution
by Mervyn Temple (1997) 129 pages. ISBN 0 9530369 0
1. Published by Millipede Books, 40, Thames Avenue, Pangbourne, Berks
RG8 7BY .
This is an interesting book to read if you are interested in organic
farming or in Africa
STICKERS! Can you send us ideas for cartoon stickers?
At the Environment Workshop at the Methodist Youth Conference November
1997 this group was enthusiastic about Stickers. Neither the Methodist
Church nor CEL has a good sheet of Fun Stickers about care of the
environment. Could you help produce one? Do you know of one produced
by a different organisation? Could you collect ideas about what to
put on them? What has made you laugh? What has inspired you?
This A3 poster was sent out with the winter 2000/2001 Connexional Mailing,
so all the Methodist Circuits and Churches in Britain should have one.
Has a poster like this been put up at your church? If not, ask why not.
May be you could get this poster and use other environmental posters
from your local Wildlife trust or Friends of the Earth to make a display
about the environment