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CEL News Email No 71: 26 April 2010


1. POST ELECTION SERVICE AND ALL NIGHT VIGIL 15/16 MAY

http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/vigil.htm

2. OPERATION NOAH DAY, 22 MAY, LONDON

http://www.operationnoah.org/node/238

3. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES ACT AMENDMENT BILL BECOMES LAW

http://www.localworks.org

4. GET OUT AND ABOUT TO APPRECIATE NATURE

5. LONDON 'S GREEN CORNERS AWARDS

http://www.conservationfoundation.co.uk/award_info.php?id=14

6. MAY EVENTS - http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/whatson.htm

7. CEL SUPPORTED EVENTS

8. MAY PRAYER GUIDE http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/p1005.htm

 

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1. POST ELECTION SERVICE AND ALL NIGHT VIGIL 15/16 MAY

 

CEL is co-operating with the Campaign against Climate Change (CaCC)

to send a strong message to the new government that climate change

must be at the top of their priority list in the new Parliament.

 

SERVICE: St Martin-in-the-Fields Church , Trafalgar Square , London ,

11pm , 15th May.

Revd Chris Brice is leading the service, and the preacher is

Operation Noah's Mark Dowd. Come and join us in London if you can, or

hold us in your prayers at home that night.

 

CANDLE LIT PROCESSION TO WESTMINSTER : At midnight we will join the

CaCC people gathering outside St Martins in the Fields and walk with

them in a candlelit procession down Whitehall to Old Palace Yard,

near the Houses of Parliament. After speeches the vigils begin - CaCC

in Old Palace Yard and St Jude's Community Centre and a meditative

prayer vigil in Lambeth Methodist Mission.

 

PRAYER VIGIL: CEL is organizing a Prayer Vigil through the night at

the Lambeth Methodist Mission , Lambeth Road , SE1 7DQ . Join us there

from 1.30am to 4.30am for Prayer, Readings , Classical Music, Taize,

tea and toilets. At 4.30 am we will return to join the CaCC Vigil for

the Dawn Zero Carbon event in Old Palace Yard.

 

HELP NEEDED

Please contact Ruth Jarman if you can help with any of these -

ruthj@phonecoop.coop or 07970 907784.

-- calling all singers to lead the Taize/Iona music at St Martins in

the Fields Service and to get there a little before 11pm to practice

-- calling all musicians to offer meditative music during the Prayer

Vigil

-- calling anyone to bring a poem or piece of prose to read during

the Prayer Vigil

 

Please contact Ruth for more information or go to the CEL website for

more details and please publicise this event in your communities - go

to http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/vigil.htm for a copy of the

flyer to circulate.

 

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2. OPERATION NOAH DAY, 22 MAY, LONDON

 

'By Cloud and Fire: Spiritual Journeys to Climate Safety'.

Saturday 22 May, 11am to 5pm. Friends House, Euston Road (opposite

Euston railway station). Worship and AGM in the morning. In the

afternoon, discuss and share ideas and insights along with three

expert speakers: Michael Northcott, Mary Grey and Paul Bodenham.

Book your place by emailing admin@operationnoah.org

More details at www.operationnoah.org/node/238

 

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3. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES ACT AMENDMENT BILL BECOMES LAW

 

The Sustainable Communities Act Amendment Bill successfully passed

through its final House of Commons stages and all its House of Lords

stages. This means that a second round of grass roots local

initiatives, and an ongoing process under the original Act, is

guaranteed. It also means that Parish and Town Councils will be

formally included in that process. The Local Works Campaign are now

trying to ensure two things:

1. that the proposals from the first round of the process are granted

by Government, either before, though more likely after, the

election, and

2. that people, communities and councils get involved in the second

round when it starts.

 

CEL continues to support this effort to enable local communities to

have more say in their own affairs. For more information visit

www.localworks.org

 

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4. GET OUT AND ABOUT TO APPRECIATE NATURE

 

Last week a group from my church went on a walk/climb up Pen Y Ghent,

as also did a Leeds CEL member and his friends. There are lots of

ways to appreciate Nature. Some Nature Things worth doing:

 

a) Take part in the Opal Project

http://www.opalexplorenature.org/?q=surveys e.g. lichen surveys

 

b) Organise a Dawn Chorus walk - International Dawn Chorus Day - 2

May www.idcd.info . Towns and Cities can be exciting at 4.30- 6.00

in the morning before everyone has got up .. It's the best

time!-- then you could have a shared breakfast.

 

c) May 15th is National Moth Night - this year the theme is Moths and

Bats. So people with bat detectors are very welcome. Churchyards

with wildflowers to attract moths and moths to attract bats and

with bats are very useful for such surveys.

http://www.nationalmothnight.info/

 

d) Sun 9th May is Rogation Day.

Some of you may be lucky enough to have a CofE priest happy to

organise an outdoor event. Do find out if there is one near you

and then publicise it. (and tell me too)

 

e) 5 June is World Environment Day.

http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/

 

f) 6 June is Environment Sunday.

http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/environment-sunday.htm

Why not organise a Wildflower Walk from your church? Invite a

local naturalist to help if you wish.

 

g) Invite a foreign student studying at a university to come and stay

for a weekend through "Hosts" - www.hostuk.org.uk -- Taking a

visitor out and looking at your surroundings in a new light is

like having a holiday itself.

 

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5. LONDON 'S GREEN CORNERS AWARDS

 

http://www.conservationfoundation.co.uk/award_info.php?id=14

The search is on to find our beautiful, unusual, unexpected,

inspirational, gorgeous, delicious and witty green corners in the

London Area. If you live in London , enter your green corner today or

nominate one that brightens your day. With winners every month and a

grand final later on, there's everything to play for

 

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6. MAY EVENTS ONWARDS

 

Visit www.christian-ecology.org.uk/whatson.htm for What's On in May

and the rest of 2010. Recently added events have an apricot background.

Send us news of more events

 

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7. CEL SUPPORTED EVENTS

 

15/16 May Post-election Service and Vigil www.christian-ecology.org.uk/vigil.htm

22 May Operation Noah Day www.operationnoah.org/node/238

16-18 July 'Our Daily Bread', Justice and Peace Conference, Swanwick

http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/JP-CONF2010BOOKINGFORM.pdf

Sat 18 Sept: Growing Organically - Using church land as a model for

environment change - EcoCongregation Conference -

http://ew.ecocongregation.org/node/892 Although there are 300 places

on this day, places ARE limited, so book quickly.

 

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8. CEL MAY PRAYER GUIDE http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/p1005.htm

 

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Best wishes from Judith Allinson

 

P.S. Remember to ask Jill resources@christian-ecology.org.uk to send

you some CEL leaflets and Storm of Hope brochures to display at your

church events this summer,

and do print out the May Prayer Guide!

 

 

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