Ordinary Christians, Extraordinary Times
(This page partially updated to November 2014)
We are responsible for our impact on God's creation as a whole. CEL/GC helps members to understand and relate these responsibilities to their faith. Members can then encourage others in their local church to think seriously about these issues.
On January 1st 2015, CEL will start using the registered trading name "Green Christian" though the name Christian Ecology Link is still the name we have with the Charity Commission
Contact (from 1 Dec 2014):
GC Information Officer: 97, Plumpton Avenue, Hornchurch, Essex, UK.
tel: +44 (0)845 4598460
What is Christian Ecology Link ?
Christian Ecology Link - Aims
CEL - Activities
- Offers insights into ecology and the environment to Christian people and churches.
- Offers Christian insights to the Green movement.
- Publishes a magazine, Green Christian.
- Publishes an annual brochure, 'Storm of Hope' You can read this online'.
- Publishes a News Bulletin.
- Promotes ecocell - a modular programme enabling groups to
discover ways to live more sustainably.
- Produces resource packs and leaflets.
- Arranges events
e.g. Conferences with workshops:
2008 Milton Keynes, 2009 Ottery St Mary , 2010 Scarborough , 2011 London (Thorns) , 2012 Bristol, 2013 Leeds(Stream of life with Philip Roderick)
and Climate Change Services
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
and CEL Weekends:
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 at Penmaenmawr, 2013 at Ringsfield
and Ecocell workshops 2013-transport,
2014 - food
- Encourages its members in their "green" church activities
- Has Local groups, and categories of Local church and Corporate membership
- Has a daily prayer guide -produced monthly and available online
- Has a prayer forum/group for prayer
- Sends a monthly news email to Members and friends who request it (email if you would like to receive it - it is free)
- Has a members email discussion group (members only - there have to be some perks for joining!!) celink
- CEL is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition
Read the 2009 CEL Storm of Hope Brochures - about CEL (Also 2008,2010 , 2011, 2012, 2013,m 2014)
CEL was conceived in 1981, and constituted in 1982 and supports Christians
from all backgrounds and traditions. In July 2012 celebrated its
Current CEL Developments for Local Churches
CEL supports Operation Noah
- LOAF Food Campaign:
L ... Locally produced
O .. Organically grown
A ... Animal friendly
F ... Fairly traded
Download and use CEL's
- CEL Rainforest Fund - CEL is seeking 100 churches each to raise £100 or more to save habitats and species before they are lost - could your church be one?
- Operation Noah
(encouraging a Christian response to climate change). CEL did much of the work
in Setting up Operation Noah on behalf of CTBI. Operation Noah is now a separate organisation.
CEL is entirely dependent on Membership subscriptions and donations.
CEL welcomes donations towards the cost of office work, organising meetings, the website and especially towards the cost of publication of materials, leaflets and postage for use at events, schools etc. Please consider donating online
Denominational Teams / Contact Group Pages
CEL has denominational teams so that some members can be more effective by involving their own denominations. If you are a member of CEL and would like to be put in contact with members of your own denomination please contact CEL's information officer above.
Methodist Resources Page
Catholic Resources Page
Baptist Contact Group Page
In some parts of Britain there are local CEL groups. Contact the Information Officer to find out if there is one near you, or visit our local groups page.
Autumn 2006: Local Groups Newsletter No. 2
Autumn 2005: Local Groups Newsletter No. 1
Advice on how to set up a local group
How to join CEL We welcome new members.
CEL Officers (See pictures and short description here)
At present the vast majority of the work in CEL
is carried out unpaid. CEL has a Steering Committee of 12 people which meets at
least three times a year, and has three telephone conference calls in between meeetings.
For dates and venues of Steering Committee Meetings
please contact Barbara Echlin.
Some members help on a regular basis with membership, distribution of resources,
proof reading, website and prayer diary.
Other members contribute by helping produce material for topic leaflets;
by organising events; by taking CEL display posters and leaflets to local events
and national events such as Greenbelt; and in many other ways. We welcome offers
CEL Chairman in 2014 is Paul Bodenham
The Information Officer is Jo Abbess, to whom most email questions should be sent.
Editor of Green Christian: Chris Walton
Local Groups Contact: Isobel Murdoch, tel 01790 763603
Web Editor: Judith Allinson - Web Designer for new website - Poppy Pickard
Much of CEL's administrative work is divided between three teams:
Challenge: - i.e. activities, campaigns and events
- (Chair George Dow)
LOAF, ecocell, Annual Members Meeting and Conference, Prayer Community, Retreat,
Creative: - i.e Design, media, (Chair Paul Bodenham)
exhibitions, leaflets, Green Christian, Storm of Hope, web design.
Community - i.e. Membership database, accounts
(Chair Barbara Echlin)
localgroups, links with other organisations.
| Rt. Revd. James Jones
Fr. Sean McDonagh
| Jonathon Porritt
Prof. Sir Ghillean Prance
Dr. Elaine Storkey
----- CEL welcomes new members ----
Christian Ecology Link Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales.
CEL's address for information and communications from 1 Jan 2015 is 97, Plumpton Avenue, Hornchurch, Essex, UK.
tel: +44 (0)845 4598460
CEL Company Registered address: CEL Company Secretary, 76 Old Eign Hill, Tupsley, Hereford HR1 1UA.
Company Registration No. 2445198 Registered Charity No. 328744.
Green Christian is CEL's registered trading name
We invite you to donate to CEL:
(CEL is a voluntary organisation and
welcomes your donation to further our work):