24. RESOURCES OF OTHER ORGANISATIONS (back to top)
||Omega Climate Course - five session course being updated for 2009
||Don't Stop at the Lights: Church plan for a year of action on tackling climate change - by Claire Foster and David Shreeve -
||Churches Together in Cumbria now have quite a lot of reports and resources
||Hope for Creation: a time for worship and action .Resources from CTBI and David Bookless for Creation Time 2008 (4 July Press Release Also See CTBI new website -
|| Renewing the Face of the Earth Book by David Atkinson, Bishop of Thetford.
||Stem the Tide -(June '08) Methodist Climate Change website
||Between the Flood and the Rainbow - Operation Noah Study guide on climate Change - agendas for 6 meetings. Supported by CAFOD etc. Book or downloadable (pub May 2008)
Paint the Church Green -
A group course by Ellen Teague -
Published by Kevin Mayhew, June 2008
Paint the Church Green enables church groups to explore the relationship between faith and concern for the natural world. By learning about environmental issues, unsustainable development and the link with global poverty, it reflects on western lifestyle and encourages positive suggestions for change. Paint the Church Green features six 'agendas' (sessions) that are designed to take place over six weeks: · People and Planet · Food and Drink · Battling the Elements · Energy for the Future · Abundant Life · Covenant with Creation. Each agenda encourages groups to share their experiences, followed by biblical reflection, tips to help churches of all denominations bring about change and a concluding prayer.
Price: £5.99 + £2.00 p&p from Kevin Mayhew Publishers, Buxhall, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 3BW t: 01449 737 978 e:firstname.lastname@example.org
||ECEN (European Christian Environment Network)
Liturgical material for 2008 "Choose Life" - Climate Change etc material
|| New book: Cherishing the Earth - How to Care for God's Creation - by Martin and Margot Hodson
||Planetwise Book and CD by David Bookless - CEL Review of Plantewise
Material added before March 2008
CreationCare for Pastors website (American) - useful.
Methodist Study Pack 'Energy and Christian Responsibility', described on CEL's Methodist Page, 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.
Climate Change Pentathlon Enjoy Computer Games? Try Tearfund's game
2003: CREATION TIME September 1st to the Second Sunday in October
Prayers and Liturgical Suggestions have been prepared for 2003 by ECEN, entitled
Our Responsibility to Future Generations These, or extracts from them, can be used in any service. One CEL Member says "They were very useful in our Lent group this March 2003" The majority of the material can be downloaded as a Word 97 doc file from the ECEN website.
CREATION TIME 2005 Material
Nov 2002: Two Excellent new workbooks: Patenting (£2-00) and
GMOs (£3-00) produced by the Columbans 020 8202 2555
Stafford Borough Council has produced Faith for the Future LA21 Action Pack
Recycling leaflet Prepared by: The Green Group, Selly Oak Methodist Church Langleys Rd, Birmingham Download leaflet in doc format (43Kb) or pdf (20Kb). If you find it useful do send them an email 01214714175
Discussion Papers of the Environment Group of Churches Together in Cumbria.
Series 2 --- Produced in April 2002: the document and papers may be photocopied.
Some leading scientists and church people in Cumbria have put together a series of articles with discussion questions at the end. These would make an excellent basis for discussion at Fellowship Groups or Discussion groups. and are also stimulating private reading. Topics include:
Today's Issues; Sustainability; Water; Farming; Christ in Creation; Enough; Globalisation and Multi-nationals; Leisure, Tourism and the Environment; Visioning; Future Paths; Write to The Jays, 3 White House, walton, Brampton, Cumbria CA82DJ
INK Independent News Collective
It is now possible to subscribe online to a variety of useful radical magazines online. e.g.The Friend, Peace News, Ethical Consumer, The New Internationalist, Permaculture, The Ecologist and many more.
A Plant list for a Bible garden. (Wikipedia) This site has a list of flowers and other plants that are mentioned in the bible plus good Two good books on the topic, both by Nigel Hepper are:good links.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Bible Plants
Planting a Bible Garden
Nigel Cooper has written a good book on Managing churchyards for wildlife
Cooper, Nigel 2001 (2nd edn.) Wildlife in Church and Churchyard: plants, animals and their management. London: Church House Publishing
Website Advice for churchyard wildlife havens A Yorkshire wildlife Trust website which gives useful advice aimed at helping wildlife flourish in churchyards
Methodist Resources Resources are described at CEL's Methodist team page, including the excellent Slide-tape Meditation "Making Peace with the planet". CEL members can borrow some of these from CEL
Catholic Resources Resources are described including the excellent Slide-tape Meditation "Stations of the Forest". CEL members can borrow some of these from CEL
The Eco-Congregation programme is administered by the Churches Environmental Project Officer a You can download some of the units in the Eco-Congregation programme . CEL encourages churches to enter for this programme. Eco-Congregation Scotland has its own website. More details about Contact people for both Eco-Congregation Scotland and Eco-Congregation are on CEL's weblinks page
Sustainable Construction for Village Halls and Community Buildings:
Resource book/pack produced by The Somerset Trust for Sustainable Development. £10 incl p&p
For those churches contemplating renovating or rebuilding a church hall or church, this is a useful book, with important points in it to discuss with with your architect. It gives simple principles to consider and prioritise when making a new building, and gives practical help about building materials and where to get further information from, If you would like to look at a copy before paying the £10 CEL (email for details) may be able to lend you a copy for the cost of post and packaging. (£2.00)
The Arthur Rank Centre Churches ecumenical resource unit at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Par has some resources on its website
Exhibition Panels are also available (Contact the Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ, UK. tel: 00 44 1203 696969 ext 364)
Sadly the Arthur Rank Centre currently has no conservation officer due to funding restrictions.
The magazine Country Way is produced at the Arthur Rank Centre. Country Way is written from the countryside itself in full knowledge of the rural realities.
Caring for God's Acre now have the national remit for
Living Churchyards material.
Useful biblical quotes on stewardship
The Hibbert Trust has online material "Bringing Religion Down to Earth" about care of the natural world, for school assemblies, including some worship songs
Rogation Service is a lovely outdoor service held in spring (THe Sunday before Ascensions Day, so April 27 in 2008)), during which the whole congregation troops from church to a field, to pond/water to a garden etc and asks for God's blessing. Some rural churches have a lambing service too. Some Resources on Rogation Sunday here
The URC Church in February 1999 published the pack "Root and Branches". This can be obtained from URC Church
Vegetarian Diet for Lent - Action Pack The six booklets can be downloaded in pdf format. Comments on this pack vary from "For those that want to tackle the subject in detail, I've seen nothing more impressive," to "The booklets seem to be a rather one sided collection of resources," From "Completely over the top," to "Some good material in it but the whole ethos of this pack militates against a healthy, balanced attitude to how animals should be treated,"
CEL's own leaflet on Vegetarianism (listed at the top of this page) takes a more balanced approach. Living creatures, including farm animals, have their own value under God. Some biblical passages picture people eating meat, others show vegetarianism as an ideal with humans and animals not killing or eating one another. CEL is pressing for better, humane methods of rearing livestock, the cessation of transport of live animals over long distances and the re-opening of well run, small local abattoirs.
Search the Bible for references to ecological words that you may be interested in such as bird, tree, reed,. Bear in mind the bible was written almost 2000 years ago (and earlier), so do use your common sense when choosing which word to put in.
Hymns for a Caring World by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon (1996) is a book of songs and hymns (with music), with an environmental or social slant. The song "When your Father made the world, has a chorus which finishes "The world is a garden you made, A life for our food, life for our joy, life we could kill with our selfish greed"
They wrote the musicals, Yanomano, Ocean World, African Jigsaw and Arabica
If you have any problem buying it locally, you can order direct from Faber Music - email@example.com
New Book: Faiths for a Future: A Resource for teaching environmental themes in Religious Education. 128 pages A4 photocopiable For teachers aged 5-13. Edited by Robert Vint for the Religious Education and Environment Programme (REEP) £14.95 ISBN 1 85175 163 7
Even Newer Book (March 1999): Earth Spirituality, Jesus at the Centre; by Edward P Echlin. ISBN 1856084450. Price: £5.99 Date: 1999
And a Yet Newer Book: Choices at the Heart of Technology: A Christian Perspective; by Ruth Conway Trinity Press International 1999 ISBN: 1-56338-287-3 pbk 144 Distributed by SCM Press, 9-17 St. Albans Place, London NI ONX at £8.95
The Cosmic Circle, Jesus and Ecology
Edward P. Echlin
2004). ISBN 1 85607 451 X. Price: £5.99 Date: 2004
A new book, just published
The restoration of mutually supportive relations between humans and the
earth is, the author says, the defining issue of this century. Jesus Christ
is central in Christian ecology, and in all human and earth relationships.
The book begins with some personal practice, and with a 'way of proceeding'
in relating Jesus Christ to the earth. It discusses Jesus' Nazareth years,
his work in family fields with seeds, food, and wildlife. There are chapters
on Jesus' baptism, and the effect of Jesus on water; on his public ministry;
his passion and death; and his resurrection 'filling all things' (Eph.
4.10). Jesus risen is present with us in the earth community today, inviting
us to love, conserve and heal the earth. The book concludes with some
practical suggestions, further resources, and a suggested bibliography.
JRI Resources Gateway.
Help from Redcliffe College PIM (Professionals in Mission) students has enabled a relaunch of the JRI Resources Gateway.
This catalogues, annotates, categorizes and reviews a variety of (mostly online) resources on topics related to
Christianity and the environment. Visitors can search by keyword or browse by category. Have a look at http://www.cres.org.uk/hub/ - and if you have any suggestions for links please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Change Speaker Network: Nationwide network with speakers available to give climate change talks to schools, community groups, societies, faith groups, councils, etc.
Green Building Bible I get quite a number of requests from people who want to make their church buildings greener. The second volume of the Green Building Bible is now out, and subjects covered include ...
- low energy design
- contemporary green building
- renewable energy
Please recommend it to your church congregations, friends and colleagues. It is available from the website www.greenbuildingbible.co.uk cost £17.
A registry of all sorts of Christian environmental courses in the States. Not sure how many would be available in the UK/Europe.
UK Energy Saving - The UK
Energy Saving website gives information and tips on ways to save energy and
also how to save money on household bills.
Resources for use at Lent
The Place of Environmental Theology: A guide for seminaries, colleges and universities. (result of ECEN conference in Prague Aug 2006
Many churches and individuals have their own display stands. However the web editor (JA) has found the following useful:
1. DIY foldable dispenser - (Designed by JA) (See picture right/above.)
- extremely portable, cheap and convenient:- Packs to just over A4 size, and can be unfolded and hung on lectern in front of speaker or on hook on wall. Instructions. If you make one, say you saw it here first!
2. Dispenser made from Vegetable box - (See picture below left). Good example of recycling, and very cheap, but looks rather so. Full instructions on how to make one here
3. Ready made white display stand box from standstore.co.uk - This looks much more professional - highly recommended and I don't have shares. Works out including postage at about £15 for 1 or £9.50 each if you get four or more.
Why not make a free CEL standing display as on the left, out of vegetable boxes Instructions ?
You can send off for a ready made one from standstore.co.uk See the example below (minus the CEL label)