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8 Jan Ripon Plough Sunday Service 2.30pm Ripon Cathedral. Preacher:- Howard Petch - of Farm Crisis Network.
10 Jan Hereford
Hereford Christian Ecology Group - talk by Richard Heathcote, Bulmers' Sustainable Development Manager, at St John's Methodist Church St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR, 7.30 pm
13-15 Jan Swanwick, Derbyshire

Inherit the Earth? Christians Aware Annual Conference - NEW VENUE - Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU - Tel: 01773 526000

Sat 14 Jan Buxton 10am-12midday RECYCLE CHRISTMAS, Methodist Church, Buxton Market PlaceE Wondering what to do with unwanted Christmas gifts? Bring them along to our stall and swap them for something you do want. If you don't have anything to contribute fear not, we accept donations in lieu
14-15 Jan Oxford  Low Carbon Communities: - New times, new ways forward - Kings’ Conference Centre Oxford
17 Jan Falkirk West Lothian and Falkirk is hosting a Climate Change Roadshow at
Falkirk Old and St Modan's Parish Church - Manse Place, Falkirk, FK1 1JN Tel 01324 611017 - Further information from: Directions:
17 Jan Buxton
7.30pm film show Gasland - Paupers Pit, Old Hall Hotel. You'll have heard about Fracking - it's a highly controversial technique of fracturing of rocks with high pressure to get at trapped natural gas. France has banned it , but our government has allowed test drilling in Lancashire, where it has already been blamed for setting off earth tremors . Meanwhile in the US it's happening all over - and being blamed for serious groundwater contamination and even flammable tap water . Film maker Josh Fox went to investigate, and this is the result. More information Voluntary donation of around £4 requested to cover the cost of the licence etc.
21 Jan London ecocell day - CEL workshops on sustainable living 10.30am to 5pm Magdalen Centre, Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BN Guest speaker:- George Marshall author of 'Carbon detox' Info: 0208 769 4078. organised by Christian Ecology Link
21 Jan London The Third Way : Jesus Christ and Direct Action - a climate change campaigning workshop on the 21st of Jan at St Andrew's Church, Short Street, London. - Between 11am - 2pm we will be discussing Christianity, climate change and social justice. There will be inspiring talks by priests and campaigners and workshops on ways to be involved in campaigning. It will be an excellent opportunty for Christian environmental groups to share time together, to bring together our plans for the future and also to make fresh plans together too. We will be talking about the environmental impact of the Church of England at the moment and what we would like our future church to look like. Facebook invite.

21 Jan


Nonviolence for a Change - A training programme for people with some experience of working with others to address injustices and make changes - Run by Turning the Tide and hosted by Huddersfield Quaker Meeting and other local peace and justice groups this course is all about using nonviolent power for social change. Dip-in (one day) places still available, the next being:-Don't just sit there! Exploring direct action, 21 January 2012
In this workshops we look at the role, variety of techniques and opportunities for taking direct action to press for nonviolent social change. We talk about basic preparation necessary including taking action and evaluating
The fee is £35 but concessions are available, we would be happy to hear from anyone who may have an interest.
More information see our website: Or email: Or call: 020 7663 1061 & 1064

23-24 Jan Beccles, Suffolk

24 Hour sposored Preachathon by Chris Walton in Aid of Ringsfield Hall EcoCentre - For 40th anniversary major renovations and for bursaries for school children.-

23rd Jan - Hungate Church, Becclesfrom 9am – 9pm-
24th Jan-St Michael’s Church, Beccles, from 9am – 9pm

Chris Walton is Editor of CEL's magazine and a trustee and a former director of Ringsfield Eco-Centre. .. more

2 Feb London

Generic buildings Solutions Workshop - All workshops at: London Diocesan House 36 Causton Street London  SW1P 4AU 2:00pm – 6:30 pm TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS - Brian Cuthbertson, Head of Environmental Challenge – welcome, recap & introduction Barry Austin, Arup Associates – Generic Building Solutions research and report – Pt II Marc Wiese, Purcell Miller Tritton & Partners – case studies in retrofitting Matt Fulford, Sustain – St Michael & All Angels Withington, Gloucestershire –    photovoltaics and a biomass boiler – the UK’s first zero carbon church in use. Web page on Generic Buildings Solutions

2 Feb   First Earthing Faith Network Gathering - for people in the Oxford Area - Diocesan Church House, North Hinksey, Oxford, OX2 0NB 7-9pm Please book 01865 208745 or visit - there will be a free bag of resources to everyone that registers for this meeting.- The gathering will provide space for sharing stories from projects around the Diocese of Oxford. 
2 Feb Finsbury Park London 7-10pm, Parkwood Primary school, Queens Drive, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2HQ, free ~*~*~
An exciting tale of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing food in unexpected places. Stories of transition from over the world. You'll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It's an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism ... join us for this unmissable evening ... delicious food and Urban Harvest cocktails available.
5 Feb - 29 Apr Algarve, Portugal

Birdwatching weeks in Southern Portugal - A Rocha is running various Bird watching trips to Southern Portugal. To obtain details of these follow this link. ... (read more)

11-12 Feb Leeds Schumacher North Conference, at the Swarthmore Centre in Leeds- "As if People Mattered" (Schumacher's book Small is Beautiful was sub-titled Economics as if People Mattered - a title which is clearly relevant in these times of financial greed and corruption alongside austerity measures imposed on the majority, and ever-accelarating descent into ecological devastation and seeming expendability of human life and wellbeing)
14 Feb Leeds

OCCUPY AND THE ENVIRONMENT - how do we survive and improve human well-being in an era of climate change and diminishing natural resources? Next workshop: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY with Simon Bowens (Friends of the Earth) and Andy Walker (SURE - SUstainable and REnewable Energy for Wharfdale) - 7.30pm Venue: Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD

18 Feb Settle Settle Big Breakfast: (Note it is necessary to book- 01729 825285) £3-00 - Speaker - Ann Algie - on Growing with Grace (Quaker Inspired Community Organic Greenhouses) Settle Friends Meeting House
21 Feb   Shrove Tuesday - Why not make you pancakes using LOAF principles this year?
22 Feb World

Ash Wednesday.


22 Feb UK

Ash Wednesday. - Look out for the Operation Noah Statement that will be made then.

23 Feb Wolverton, Milton Keynes. Nuclear: disaster or saviour? - Join the debate! Do you know how nuclear works? Are you aware of the issues involved in the nuclear debate? Find out more, share your thoughts and be challenged! - Milton Leynes Christian Environment Group -we shall meet at 7.30pm at West End Church, Wolverton (which is on the corner of Anson Road and Church Street). Roadside parking is available in the vicinity. Bus routes 4 and 5 stop 100 m away on Stratford Road.
24-26 Feb East London SPEAK is a network connecting together young adults and students to campaign and pray about issues of global injustice. Soundcheck is the Speak Network’s annual gathering. Book before 31st January to receive a 15% discount! (Pay £51 for the weekend).
24 Feb Kenwyn Lychgate, Truro CEL ‘ecocell-1’ course is our parish Lent course this year. It will be run on Friday evenings from 7.30pm to approx 9/9.30pm in Kenwyn Lychgate, starting on 24th Feb and running for six sessions. Members of other churches would be most welcome to join us.
25 Feb Felton, Northumb'd 'Signs of Spring' - Snowdrop Afternoon at St Michael and All Angels 2pm and 4pm. This year’s milder winter is already encouraging the spring flowers to appear and provided that this continues we can look forward to a widespread white carpet of snowdrops followed by a broader palette of primroses, cowslips and daffodils. Have a warming hot drink and tasty home-baked refreshments whilst viewing the exhibition work of our talented local artists.
27 Feb Truro Anglican & Methodist Environment Group will be held on Monday, 27th February at 2.00 pm at Diocesan House, Kenwyn, Truro TR1 1JQ.
27 Feb - 11 March   Fair Trade Fortnight.
28 Feb Hereford
Fairtrade Pudding Evening at St John's Methodist Church ... 7,30 pm - organised by Herford Christian Ecology Link
2 March UK CAFOD Lent Fast Day
2 March World

Women's World Day of Prayer- 2012 theme:- Let Justice Prevail - written by the women of Malaysia. Do read the background to the country... It says a lot about the importance of wildlife habitats in Malaysia.

e.g. Taman Negara is Malaysia’s oldest and largest national park covering 4,343sq km and preserving virgin rainforest. It is home to 14,500 species of plants and trees, including the world’s largest orchid. (Just think in Britain we only have about 2000 native tress and plants)

Yet much of the habitat is under threat of destruction - Let us encourgae people to pray for Wildlife Justice, and Justice for future generations to prevail too. Resources

3 March

Redcliffe College Gloucester

Water: Global Challenges for the 21st Century: A day conference held in partnership with the John Ray Initiative and Tearfund 9.30am-4.30pm - Advance booking is required.- Speakers include: Frank Greaves and Sue Yardley (Tearfund); Barbara Brighouse (Christian Engineers in Development); John Bimson (Trinity College, Bristol); Trevor Muten (Tapajos Limited); Micheal Travis (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel); Claire Ashton (The John Ray Initiative); and Richard Carter (Water Aid). The cost for the day is £38 including lunch and refreshments.

4 March Andover Sunday morning 10.30 service, Andover URC church will be receiving their second EcoCongregation Award:-" Our MP, Sir George Young, who has some green credentials, and is a Christian, is going to present the award. We couldn't get the speaker we'd hoped for, at fairly short notice, so we are doing a DIY service under the title "The Story of an EcoCongregation" [not very snappy, but at least descriptive!] with various people taking part. The service will be followed by Fairtrade Refreshments. (N.B. Remember CEL Conference in 2005 in Andover)
9 March Garstang Lenten Vigil of Reconciliation & Reflection for Creation with Chris Boles SJ at St Mary and St Michael's - Garstang starting at 7:00pm with reflective readings, beautiful music, guided meditations and stillness will focus our thoughts and prayers on God's creation, seeing and hearing it in all its wonder through sound and film. All are welcome to drop-in for as little or as long as they wish.

10 March

Stoke Gifford, Bristol

CEL Day Conference at Stoke Gifford, Bristol . - Principal speaker is Jonathon Porritt - Response from Prof Tim Gorringe

10 March London JUSTICE & PEACE TRAINING DAY- AMIGO HALL, ST GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL, SE1- Choose 2 from a choice of 4 workshops - Why Campaign? How to make an Impact  -  Bernard White         
Putting Social Teaching into Action - Valerie Flessati
How to Live Simply in your Parish - Maria Elena Arana     
Poverty (Closing the Gap) - Paul Morrison
12-18 March UK
17 March Bloomsbury, London Diocese of London - Route around the World - Climate action for resilience, renewal and hope - 2:00 - 4:30pm
St George’s Church Bloomsbury - Bloomsbury Way, London WC1 - Come and hear how communities - around the globe suffering from environmental stress and disaster - are gaining resilienc and building a better future. - How can we help? - Keynote by the Rt Rev Peter Wheatley, Bishop of Edmonton. Talks and presentations , displays by partner NGOs - light refreshments. Antadou Kassogue's land stone wall contouring, Dogon Plateau. Christian Aid and APH Bandiagara, Tounoulna, Mali. photo Christian Aid/ Sarah Filbey RSVP to Brian Cuthbertson (020) 7932 1229- Diocese of London Environmental Challenge - 2012 - NGOs to be represented include ALMA (Angola London and Mozambique Association), Tear Fund, Christian Aid, CAFOD and Progressio.
17 March Farsley, Bradford
SOLAR PANALS - OPEN DAY- St John's, Farsley, 17 March, 11am-3pm. With local renewables company, Phoenix Works, hot drinks (courtesy of the sun) and refreshments.
18 March   Mothering Sunday
20 March Hereford Action for Birds - The Work of the RSPB : a slide presentation by John Clews, RSPB Promotion Officer, at St John's Methodist Church 7.30 pm - Hereford Christian Ecology Link
20 March World Spring Equinox - this year at Greenwich at 5.14am (explanation)
21 March World World Forests Day - Whatare you ddoing for World Forest Day? A Rocha International Invites you to put some pictures of trees on their flickr site and they will plant (up to) 800 trees.
22 March World

World Water Day - Lots of excellent resources - print your own posters etc at

World Water Day tool kit from (World) Ecumenical Water Network

24 March Bristol

The Eye of the Needle - Biblical Clues to a New Economy -
Keynote address by Prof Ulrich Duchrow, Kairos Europa,
Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Heidelberg
and Dr Molly Scott Cato, Director of the Cardiff Institute for
Co‑operative Studies and author of “Green Economics”
Facilitated by Simon Barrow, Co‑Director, Ekklesia
10am to 4pm. - £30, incl. lunch - The Vassall Centre, Gill
Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ

organised by Churches' Council for Industry and Social Responsibility; Ekklesia; Anglican Dioceses in SW.

29 March Truro
The next meeting of the Book Club will be held on Thursday, 29th March at 7.00 pm at Diocesan House, Kenwyn, Truro TR1 1JQ. We will be studying at this meeting the book – The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier. - We have purchased 5 of the books for the book club. These will be available for loan from Monday, 20th February from the Front Office at Diocesan House on a first come, first served basis. More details - (01872) 274351 ext 238 e-mail
30 March London

CAFOD Lent Lecture: ‘Today’s Challenge: the option for the poor and for the earth.’

31 March World

  WWF's Earth Hour 2012- at 8.30pm - Hundreds of millions of people turning off their lights for one hour, on the same night, all across the planet. But not to save an hour's electricity - it's something much bigger. Earth Hour is about people coming together to celebrate this brilliant planet we all share - and focus on how we need to protect it. Not just for an hour a year, but every day.

31 March London Shareholder activism at AGMs training day, 31 March, London In the run-up to the 2012 AGM season, ECCR member and partner FairPensions is holding another shareholder activists training day. Workshops include excessive executive pay; low pay and the Living Wage; tax avoidance and evasion. Saturday 31 March; 10 am – 4 pm; The Forum – Christian Aid, 35 Lower March Street, London, SE1 7RL. Booking essential – places are free but limited.
6 April World Good Friday
6 April Settle Open Air Play in four locations - Churches Together in Settle
8 April World Easter Sunday - Look for an early morning open air service near you.
13 April Cheltenham Taking responsibility for climate change? - an evening with Tom Lafford - •How do I see my work in the field of international environmental politics? •What's happening in 2012? •What do we mean by “taking responsibility for climate change”?-7.30 at The Old Priory, Clarence St. entrance, St Gregory’s Church, Cheltenham GL50 3LE
Tom volunteers with the UK Youth Climate Coalition as International Campaigns Co-ordinator. He’s a Trustee of The Otesha Project, working with businesses and civil society organisations to place young unemployed people on 'green' apprenticeships - training schemes that make a positive contribution to society and the environment. He has previously worked as a lobbyist for the Jubilee Debt Campaign and is now with the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF). Admission free Enquiries: Martin Davis, Convener, Cheltenham Christian Ecology Link 01242 575779,
17 April Lancaster at 7:00pm Sr Margaret Atkins will give a talk on"Beasts and Saints - Celebrating creation with an understanding of wisdom embodied in tradition, the Desert Fathers, St Francis, ecology and today." at the Diocesan Education Centre, Balmoral Road, Lancaster LA1 3BT
17 Apr Hereford
(Global Day of Action on Military Spending):Millichap Peace Fund talk – High Military Spending: making a case for alternatives, by Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR), at St John’s Methodist Church, St Owen St, Hereford, 7.30 pm. Arranged by Southern Marches Area Quaker Meeting. Free admission - donations welcome.
19 April London Generic building solutions - VALUES AND HERITAGE - Oliver Caroe, Oliver Caroe Architects – a holistic approach to the environment and conservation - Magdalini Makrodimitri, Queens’ College Cambridge – research into the heating of churches and the care of fabric and contents Sarah Royse, InBuilt – altering a historic building for a new use, low energy and multiple renewables – Beaufort Court, Kings Langley Alex Coppock, Communion Design – Retrofitting a 12th c church in Herefordshire Diana Evans, English Heritage – EH guidance on altering churches for energy saving and renewables Brian Cuthbertson – the Church’s view. -Workshop at: London Diocesan House 36 Causton Street London  SW1P 4AU 2:00pm – 6:30
19-20 April Edinburgh
Milton Keynes 6.30-7.30pm - MK Urban Farm visit - Come and visit this inspiring local project in Wolverton – growing food, growing people and growing community. organised by Milton Keynes Christian Environment Group
21 April Great Lumley, Chester le Street What has the word of God to say to us about care for the environment? An interactive seminar and workshop - 2.00pm till 5.00pm at Great Lumley Methodist Church. Programme for the afternoon 2.00pm Welcomes, prayer and worship 2.15pm Session 1: Talk ‘Is God Green?. What has the word of God to say about how and why we should care for planet earth? 2.45pm Break into groups for discussion 3.15pm Feedback Session 3.25pm Carbon-free break 3.40pm Session 2: Workshop ‘Is the Church Green?’ What more can we do locally to be greener than we are? 4.40pm Report back 4.50pm Where do we go from here? Round-up of the day and... Is that it? Call for further information or bookings on             0191 388 3401       (or turn up on the day) Great Lumley Methodist Church, Front Street, Great Lumley, Chester Le Street, County Durham, DH3 4JB - Meeting led by led by Rev Paul Worsnop of Sherwood Methodist Church, Nottingham
21 April York

York Minster -Mission Earth - A Christian Response to Climate Change The service will be led by Archbishop Sentamu, Bishop Terence Drainey and northern leaders of other denominations.
Morning in York Minster 10am-11.30am
The service will be led by the Archbishop Dr. John Sentamu, Terence Patrick Drainey - Bishop of Middlesbrough, Rev. Stephen Burgess - Chair of York and Hull Methodists, and other denominational leaders. The service will also feature speakers from leading international environmental and developmental organisations; Tearfund, The John Ray Initiative, Operation Noah. Riding Lights, the York Based Theatre Company will also be performing.

In this beautiful and formal setting, the service will focus attention on  exploring our responses and responsibilities as Christians to the challenges of climate change. 

Afternoon Workshops in De Grey Court York St John University 12.00-4pm - Lunch in the foyer of De Grey Court will be followed by a series of workshops and seminars delivered by, amongst others; Tearfund, Christian Aid, The John Ray Initiative, CAFOD and Operation Noah. Topics to be covered are; communicating climate change within your congregation, practical environmental action to take in your church/community, and the science and risk of climate change. 
21 Apr Paddock, Huddersfield Theme - Inner and outer: spirituality and activism 'Whether you call it spirituality, faith, religion, social consciousness, values or nothing at all, 'Inner and outer: spirituality and activism' invites people to reflect upon the importance of inner work and its connection to outer change'' Venue: Friends Meeting House, Church Street, Paddock, Huddersfield, HD1 4TR (wheelchair accessible). 10am to 5.15pm. Part of a year-long course where some spaces for one-day participants are reserved. Booking is essential. Fee is £35 per workshop, concessions are available. Or call:020 7663 1061 & 1064
21 April Bridge of Allan

The Eco-Congregation Scotland National Gathering will take place on Saturday 21st April 2012 at Bridge of Allan Parish Church.


22 Apr Norwood, Otley Lambing Service at Norwood Methodist Church- 2.30pm 
Rev R Hilton
22 April World Earth Day
22 April Great Lumley, Chester le Street

Carbon free Service at Great Lumley Methodist Church, Front Street, Great Lumley, Chester Le Street, County Durham, DH3 4JB - 10.30am - led by led by Rev Paul Worsnop of Sherwood Methodist Church, Nottingham   0191 388 3401

23 -27 Apr Scargill House, Kettlewell, N Yorks Enjoying and Caring for God’s Creation Scargill House, North Yorkshire - Led by A Rocha UK,  through talks, discussions and walking through the wonderful countryside surrounding Scargill, we'll explore how God
30 Apr- 2 May Birmingham
Diverse world diverse chaplaincy: IMA national conference, Annual conference of ECCR member the Industrial Mission Association (IMA). Speakers include Jerry Blackett, CEO Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, and David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, who chaired ECCR’s launch meeting for the The Banks and Society: Rebuilding Trust report. 30 April – 2 May; Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LJ. Further information and to book.
25 Apr Morrgate, London Investing for Impact- The Cochabamba Project - 5.45 pm 25 Moorgate London EC2R 6AY - The Cochabamba Project is a community benefit society that invests in a pioneering reforestation project in the
Bolivian Amazon. Places limited so please book 01142368168
Wed 25 Apr Coverham, Coverdale, Yorks Dales
Lambing Service - Coverdale Holy Trinity
Wednesday 25th April 2012 at 4:00 PM for 40 minutes
A service to thank God for the harvest of the lambs.
5 May Patchway, Bristol

3 00pm to 5 00pm on the Green in Willow Close, Patchway
PATCHWAY CONCERN ABOUT WORLD CLIMATE CHANGE: A BRING AND RECEIVE PARTY  (you bring something that you don’t want and receive something which others don’t want).
Since the Copenhagen Climate Change talks in 2010, we have seen:

  • Continuing loss of Arctic Sea Ice with its threat to polar bears
  • The East African Drought
  • United States Forest Fires
  • Australian Floods ….. and many more similar events

Why aren’t the MEDIA and POLITICIANS joining up these clear indications of World-Wide Global Warming? On 5th May, is organising a world-wide demonstration for everyone who is concerned about what our children and grandchildren are heading towards. YOU CAN TAKE PART BY ‘JOINING UP THE DOTS’ BETWEEN THESE WORLD EVENTS BY COMING TO WILLOW CLOSE BETWEEN 3PM AND 5PM FOR  DRINKS/CAKES/BISCUITS – and don’t forget to bring something that you will be happy to give away! Phil Kingston 01179 698198

5 May London

Join the Dots Event - outside St Paul's Cathedral - 12 -5pm Climate Impacts Day

6th May


(Upper) Wharfedale, N Yorks

11.00am at Hubberholme, Lambing Service with the Bishop of Bradford, Nick Baines. Hubberholme Church is always worth a visit as it is a delightful and ancient Church, beloved by J B Priestley whose ashes are interred in the Churchyard. It also features one of the few Rood Screens which survived the Reformation and has "Mouseman" pews.
6 May Newhouses Farm, Horton in Ribblesdale

Lambing serice at Horton in RibblesdaleLambing Service will be at 3.00pm on Sunday May 6th at Newhouses Farm, Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorks Dales.

7-10 May Bamford, Derbyshire Ecological Writing Retreat at Bamford which will be led by Gregory Norminton, a Quaker novelist. It starts Monday evening and the last session is on Friday evening (departures after breakfast and Meeting for Worship on Saturday). We've got seven participants at the moment which is a good number but there's room for more. The cost is £240 and limited bursary help is available. - Quaker Community, Water Lane, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 0DA
9 May London

Pax Christi and Columban JPIC are taking part in a candle-lit vigil at the Korean Embassy in London next Wednesday 9 May, in solidarity with people of Gangjeong Village, Jeju Island who are demanding a halt to the building of a naval base. It will be held 2-5pm outside the Republic of Korea Embassy, 60 Buckingham Gate, London SW1. The island is claimed to be of strategic importance to the US, which is considering placing missiles there pointed towards China.

Campaigners have written: People from all over the world are shocked and disturbed that the government of South Korea would consider building a navy base on Jeju Island. It is a moral crime to cover Jeju’s fertile farmlands with concrete, and to destroy its rare, soft-coral reef. The Gangjeong villagers depend on their farms to live, and the planet depends on healthy reefs to live.

9-10 May High Leigh, Hertfordshire Communicating hope - Hope in an age of environmental crisis- A gathering for communicators. A special 24‐hour gathering aimed at resourcing all who are involved with encouraging others to become more engaged environmentally. With top level input from Andy Atkins (CEO, Friends of the Earth), Prof. Richard Bauckham, and Dr Martin Hodson, - High Leigh Conference Centre. Hoddesdon,
Hertfordshire. Organisers: Margot Hodson (The John Ray Initiative) and Ruth Valerio (A Rocha UK)
10 May Winnington, Northwich

From Cadbury to Kraft - Being Equipped for the modern world - with Charles Hippsley, director of LICC work forum - and Salt of the Earth - Venue: Tata Chemicals Europe, Mond House, Winnington, Northwich CW8 4DT Cost: £5/person The Cadbury family not only founded a hugely successful confectionary business, but also led the way in 19th century working practices and social reform. Their impact, founded on Quaker principles, is a real inspiration to working Christians. We work today in a radically different era. One in which the commercial pressures of a global market, and the short--‐term interests of shareholder returns have limited the ability of companies like Cadburys to make the same sort of impact. So what are the opportunities for Christians in today’s workplace, and how can we best be equipped to seize them? To book a place contact Henry Ratter T: 01244 380827 E:

10 May Huddersfield 2012 Huddersfield Quaker Peace Lecture: " Nonviolence in international affairs: nonsensical dream or urgent necessity?" Speaker: Diana Francis
12 May London NJPN Networking Day and Annual General Meeting Saturday 12 May 10.30 – 4.00pm CAFOD Offices, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB Paul Nicolson (Zaccheus 2000 Trust) will speak on Taxpayers Against Poverty Are you tired of being cited as an excuse to cut benefits to the poor? Come and discuss the positive reasons for paying your taxes, and learn about some of the various tax-related campaigns you can get involved in.
13 May  

Rogation Sunday

Some Rogation Websites: History

13 May Somewhere in Cheshire or Birkenhead.

Salt of the Earth - Network  - a celebration of salt
and other gifts from God.-We, with local churches, schools, museums, and other groups are coming together under the Bishop of Birkenhead to celebrate SALT. We've held three successful annual Salt Celebrations to date.

The fourth is being planned for Rogation Sunday, 13th May 2012 We hope at least four churches will be holding a service for salt Sunday - Salt Sunday Resources 2012....... Faith at work

13 May Buxton LOAF Service and Bring and Sahre Meal at Buxton Community Church
13 May Coombes, Lancing, Sussex Rogation 3pm - Walk on the Downs - Coombes Church , Church farm, Coombes, Lancing,  Sussex BN15 0RS - Coombes Church is a Saxon church built in the 11th century and the chancel was built in the 13th and 14th century. The dedication of the church is unknown.
13 May Pytchly, nr Kettering Pytlchly Rogation Sunday walk - Pytchly All Saints Church
13 May Harrogate St Peter's, Harrogate Town Centre:- "Beating the bounds" will take place before the 6.30pm evensong service on Sunday 13 May, followed by a special focus on rogation and the environment during the service and the sermon.
13 May East Yorkshire Rogation Service . This may be in Wressle (as in previous years) but it may be in a village nearby. Watch this space.
13 May Miserden Glos. A full-scale Rogation Procession with a visit from members of the Donkey Breed Society at Miserden at 11.00am on 13th May. Meet at the Church.-includes a walk round the village with various locations – village shop, village hall etc. being blessed by Rev. Andrew Bowden, before a picnic or pub lunch.
13 May Kington (between Worcester and Redditch

ROGATION SERVICE: 3pm, at Ridge Farm, Kington
- at the kind invitation of the Jordan family. This service for all ages will include a chance to hear from our local farmers about the current issues, and to explore the farm, and see the cows being milked. All are welcome.
. MAKING CONTACT: Rev Nick Wright 01386 792222;

13 May Westerham, Kent

Beating the bounds 8.30am start. 12 miles walk round the perimeter of the parish.

13 May Linton, Kent

The Ninth Annual Linton Parish Boundary Walk - See the fantastic views, talk to friends and neighbours, and enjoy a pleasant, not-too-challenging walk...This is an old parish tradition that used to take place every year, all across the country. Now very few parishes continue or revive the tradition. Please help us to keep it going here in Linton, by joining in...Prizes, for the youngest and the oldest to complete the walk!Refreshments in the Bull Inn after the walk. Starts at 10.30am prompt from the car park next to Linton Church. The walk is about 7½ miles long, partly on public footpaths and partly on private land to which access would not normally be available.

13 May Rathmell, N Yorks Rogation Service - 10am - Meet in School Field
13th May Halton Gill, Yorks Dales 3.00pm Rogation Service at Halton Gill.- Halton Gill is a lovely little hamlet at the West end of Littondale, where there used to be a daughter Church (now closed) in the Parish of Arncliffe with Halton Gill. We have occasional Services at Halton Gill, hopefully this
one will be in the open air, if not in the Reading Room where, under any circumstances, delicious refreshments will be available after the service.
13 May Broughton, near Skipton

All Saints' Broughton - Rogation Service at 7 pm. Followed by a buffet in the hall afterwards. All are welcome.

13 May Horton in Ribblesdale Rogation Service will be at 10.30am on Sunday May 13th at St. Oswald's Horton in Ribblesdale
13 May Newsholme near Oakworth, Keighley St John’s Newsholme (near Oakworth, Keighley)
will be having their usual Rogation Service 3pm. It is a
fairly ‘gentle’ Rogation Service (not much walking),
visiting various points round the hamlet of Newsholme.
13 May Austwick, Yorks Dales 9.30 Rogation and Pet service
13 May

Clapham, Yorks Dales

11 Rogation and Pet Service
13 May Settle "All Creatures Great and Small" Cafe Style Service, Settle Methodist Church 4pm
13 May Little Somborne, Hamps

Rogation All Saints' Church, Somborne Park Road, Little Somborne, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6QT

17-18 May London
The emergence of a commons-based economy, A series of 12 seminars by James Quilligan, of the Global Commons Trust, co-organised by ECCR member the Christian Council for Monetary Justice. Further information and to book.
20 May Austwick, Yorks Dales Annual Primrose Walk over Oxenenber on Sunday 20th - meeting at Austwick Church at 3.00pm - chance to see bluebells and primroses. Then afternoon tea - about 5.00pm
20 May Wenningside, Keasden, Forest of Bowland/Yorks Dales Lambing Service at Wenningside Farm at 7.00pm. Paul Slater Archdeacon is joining us for the afternoon and evening.
20 May Cowgill (Near Dent Station, Dentdale)
May 20th   2.30 PM   Lambing Service   St John's Church,Cowgill
20 May Drumelzier, Upper Tweeddale

6.30pm   Lambing Service in Drumelzier Church

13-20 May Kincraig, Cairngorms Scottish Holiday Led by David Beattie A Rocha UK North West Regional Coordinator
21 May St Martin in the Fields, London Monday 21 May, 7.00pm Rio 20+ Earth Summit: What should we do now? With the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Coinciding with the ‘Hard Rain’ exhibition on display from 19 May, MPs from the Environmental Audit Committee will host an open discussion on the Rio+20 agenda, based on presentations giving the perspectives of faith groups, the media and arts, sport, business, communities and young people. The Committee have produced an initial report on Rio+20, and the discussion will help set the scene for their follow-on inquiry from 20 – 22 June 2012. All are welcome- Those taking part in the panel will include: Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. Mark Edwards, the Hard Rain project. Flávio Marega, Minister-Counsellor at Brazilian embassy in London. Leo Johnson, presenter of BBC ‘World Challenge’ and co-founder of Sustainable Finance, now part of PwC. Claire Foster-Gilbert, formerly National Policy Advisor on Environmental Issues to the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. Martin Haigh, the Environmental Sustainability Task Group at St Martins. Leah Parsons, GirlguidingUK and winner of ‘most inspirational young person’ at Climate Week 2012. Prof Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at University College London.
22 May Herford 7.30 pm Hereford Christian Ecology Group AGM at St John's Methodist Church, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR
23 May Central Hall, Westminster, London
The World We Want to See: A Christian Conversation on Rio+20
You are cordially invited to attend a public, faith-based discussion ahead of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Where: Central Hall Westminster, London SW1H 9NH (Tube: Westminster, St James)
When: 6.30pm, Wednesday 23 May, 2012
Who: The panel will include Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Rev the Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells and Nanette Antequisa, a
member of the Beyond 2015 Advisory Group from the Philippines. It will be chaired by Richard Black, the BBC News Environment correspondent.
What: Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Progressio and Tearfund are organising a public discussion, considering the distinctive arguments and solutions offered by the Christian perspective to the vital topics for debate at Rio+20.
This is a free event but places are limited. Please RSVP to The venue is accessible. Light refreshments will be served.


24 May Southwark Cathedral, london 19.00 - Climate and Covenant - Those who believe in God as creator have a particular responsibility for caring for God's world. This series of talks and panel discussions presents the challenge and invites our response. - Theological perspectives on our responsibilities in God's world. The Right Reverend Dr David Atkinson
25-27 May Hilfield Priory Kick Your Shoes Off - With Sir Ghillean Prance and Andy Lester - This popular weekend retreat will include meditation, walks, talks and some field identification of plants, butterflies and birds.
26 May Linslade, Milton Keynes 10.00am - Linslade Water Treatment Works visit organised by Milton Keynes Christian Environment Group - Join us for a tour of the water treatment works at Linslade and learn about the water cycle, what we flush away, changing weather patterns and population growth.
28 May- 1 June

Ammerdown near Bath.

Catholic People’s Week at Ammerdown, near Bath. Theme, ‘More Canticles and Compost’. 18+ only and fully catered. Will reflect on the radical messages of St Francis of Assisi and how to respond to them. Also, a focus on the lead-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June, known as Rio+20. Through talks, workshops and liturgy the Ammerdown team of Mike Monaghan, Ellen Teague and Chaplain Tom Cullinan hope to continue their own searchings for the ways forward assisted by the insights of all members of the Week. Mary Colwell, a leading environmentalist and media producer, will also be speaking. There will be plenty of time for reflection in the peace and beauty of Ammerdown 2012 CPWs at:
28 May - 1 June
Lee Abbey, Devon
Hosted by Ruth Valerio  of the A Rocha Living Lightly project
31 May London Generic building solutions - RESOURCES AND PEOPLE - Bob Wilson, Wilson Stephen Partnership – St John Wembley Vicarage and Passivhaus Simon Harvey, St Mary Islington – a case study in energy saving & micro-generation Catherine Bottrill, Pilio – systematic energy recording by organisations and people TBA – procuring and financing retrofitting Brian Cuthbertson – envoi and conclusions. All workshops at: London Diocesan House 36 Causton Street London SW1P 4AU 2:00pm – 6:30 pm - Web page on Generic Buildings Solutions
31 May Southwark Cathedral,London 19.00 - A fair deal for the world's poor
The UN Millennium Development Goals and international trade. The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn
14-25 May Brighton STEPS Centre Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability - University of Sussex - Brighton, UK - The deadline for applications is 31 January 2012. For full details - STEPS Summer School 2012 (pdf 400kb)
28 May- 1 June

Ammerdown near Bath.

Catholic People’s Week at Ammerdown, near Bath. Theme, ‘More Canticles and Compost’. 18+ only and fully catered. Will reflect on the radical messages of St Francis of Assisi and how to respond to them. Also, a focus on the lead-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June, known as Rio+20. Through talks, workshops and liturgy the Ammerdown team of Mike Monaghan, Ellen Teague and Chaplain Tom Cullinan hope to continue their own searchings for the ways forward assisted by the insights of all members of the Week. Mary Colwell, a leading environmentalist and media producer, will also be speaking. There will be plenty of time for reflection in the peace and beauty of Ammerdown 2012 CPWs at:
31 May London Generic building solutions - RESOURCES AND PEOPLE - Bob Wilson, Wilson Stephen Partnership – St John Wembley Vicarage and Passivhaus Simon Harvey, St Mary Islington – a case study in energy saving & micro-generation Catherine Bottrill, Pilio – systematic energy recording by organisations and people TBA – procuring and financing retrofitting Brian Cuthbertson – envoi and conclusions. All workshops at: London Diocesan House 36 Causton Street London SW1P 4AU 2:00pm – 6:30 pm - Web page on Generic Buildings Solutions
31 May Southwark Cathedral,London 19.00 - A fair deal for the world's poor
The UN Millennium Development Goals and international trade. The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn
14-25 May Brighton STEPS Centre Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability - University of Sussex - Brighton, UK - The deadline for applications is 31 January 2012. For full details - STEPS Summer School 2012 (pdf 400kb)
3 June World

Environment Sunday - is the Sunday at the beginning of June nearest to World Environment Day. A Rocha International will be producing material for this Environment Sunday - this year focussing on Trees and Forests, and relating to the Earth Summit whcih starts on 20 June.

It is recognised that many other events are happening on this Sunday - Including the big Lunch, silver Jubilee celebrations, Trinity Sunday - so Churches are encouraged to celebrate "Environment Sunday" on a Sunday close to the 3rd, but at a time suitable to each local church.

3 June UK The Big Lunch.
5 June World World Environment Day
8 June Birmingham ‘Peace, Justice, Community & the Kingdom of God’
Day Conference - 10.00am – 4.00pm Rowheath Pavilion, Heath Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 1HH (Rail: Bournville, Bus: 11, 38, 84)
Keynote Speakers Ash Barker Founder & International Director, ‘Urban Neighbours Of Hope’ (UNOH) & Rev. Joel Edwards International Director, Micah Challenge Cost: £15 (£7.50 unwaged)
Children’s programme available This event is jointly organised by: the Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Great Britain & Ireland and Springdale College: Together in Mission, with the support of the Anabaptist Network and Urban Expression.
Urban Neighbours of Hope establish Christian communities in deprived neighbourhoods in Australia and Thailand. Ash Barker lives in a Thai shanty-town.
8-9 June St Martin in the fields, London Launch of 100 days of Peace
9 June Swindon Responsible Capitalism?
A morning conference to consider the economic crisis and what needs to change to build a fairer economy for the future
Venue: Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Swindon SN1 3HG - 10.00am – 1.00pm
To book a place (conference fee £5): email: tel: 0117 955 7430
This event has been organised by:
Churches for Work and Social Justice
Church of England, Swindon Deanery
Andrew Studdert-Kennedy
Team Rector of Marlborough, author of “The Values of
Money: The Just Economy” and former stockbroker
Kit Beazley
UK Head of Finance, Triodos Bank
Simon Topping
Social Responsibility Officer, Swindon and North Wilts
Jon Doble, Director of ISR – Churches for Work and Social Justice
9 - 15 June Bristol

It is Bristol Big Green Week It’s being billed as The UK’s First Ever International Festival of Environment, Ideas, Art and Culture Lots of green luminaries involved, including Jonathon Porritt.

There is a series of spiritual events:-

Venue:- All at Bristol Cathedral Chapter House.

Time:- All listed at 11.00 to 12.00 noon.

Overall title:- Thought for the Day.

Dates and speaker/s:-

Mon 11th. Faith, Hope and Planet. Bristol Canon Tim Higgins and a contributor fron A Rocha.
This takes place before the weekly Eucharist (12.30 pm) for those wishing to join the service.

Tues 12th Dialogue with Nature. Mary Cowell, BBC broadcaster and writer on faith and the environment.

Wed 13th Sacred Land. Martin Palmer of the Alliance of Religions & Conservation.

Thurs 14th Inspiring Responsibility. David Shreeve, co-founder of Conservation Foundation & adviser to Archbishop's Council.

Fri 15th Faith in Creation. David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol.

All events are free.
9-10 June London London Green Fair - Regents Park (Click here to fiind info on becoming a volunteer at this event)
10 June Woodbridge, Suffolk
2 environment themed services on 10 June at St John's Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12  -9am and 11am
10 June Levens, Lancs Levens Gardens for Wildlife Open for the National Gardens Scheme Sunday 10th June 2012 - 1-5pm One philosophy but three very different gardens – all, as far as possible, organic and peat free and all planted with wildlife in mind. Plant sales / refreshments / children’s quiz / file of wildlife and sustainable gardening information Follow the yellow signs as you enter the village. Car parking at St John’s Church and the Methodist Church and the Hare and Hounds Pub.
12 June
Highfield Church, Southampton

Whose Earth - With Ruth Valerio, Andy Lester & Paul Cook (Tearfund)

Event to examine Christian responses to environmental issues, including:
  • the Bible basis
  • the science behind the issues
  • how we can all play a part in responding, including calling on decision-makers to act to eradicate poverty in a way that protects the environment
13 June The Jubilee Centre, Sheffield Whose Earth - With David Hughes, Martin Charlesworth (Jubliee+) and Katie Harrison (Tearfund)
13 June St Aldate's, Oxford Whose Earth - with Elaine Storkey (Tearfund), Martin Hodson (JRI) and Andrew McCracken (Tearfund)
13 June Huddersfield 'Drone warfare: Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond: with the increasing use of drones around the world, what legal, ethical and political concerns does this raise?' - 7.30pm Speakers: Chris Cole, Drone Wars UK blog, author 'Convenient Killing: Armed Drones and the Playstation Mentality' and Fakhara Rehman Kirklees Faiths Forum (speaking in a personal capacity). Venue:- Brian Jackson Centre, New North Parade, Huddersfield HD1 5JP. Chris Cole is Convenor of the Drone Campaign Network and regularly speaks to groups and the media on drones and the growth of remote warfare. He was formerly Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Coordinator of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).- free admissionOrganised by Huddersfield Quaker Peace Group
14 June Engaging Communities on Climate Change- 10.00 – 16.00 - An invaluable course for anyone looking to develop community activities on climate change, energy-saving and environmental issues Engaging Communities on Climate Change- 10.00 – 16.00 - An invaluable course for anyone looking to develop community activities on climate change, energy-saving and environmental issues
14 June Fulwood, Preston

North West Sustainability Forum Preston, - Speakers:- Bryan Gray CBE DL – Current roles include Pro-Chancellor of Lancaster University, Trustee of the National Museums Liverpool and Chair for The Churches Trust for Cumbria. - Mike Berners-Lee – Director and principal consultant at Small World Consulting and expert in carbon footprinting.  Author of How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything - Revd. Margot Hodson  Vicar of Haddenham, Cuddington, Kingsey and Aston Sandford, teaches environmental ethics at Oxford Brookes University.  Author of several books including Cherishing the Earth, how to care for God’s CreationDr. Martin Hodson – Visiting Researcher in Environmental Biology in the School of Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, and Associate Member of the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford. Operations Manager for the John Ray Initiative, Co-Director of the Agriculture and Theology Project and Principal Tutor of the Certificate in Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES).

 This event has been developed following the organisers’ attendance at the Sustainability in Crisis conference ( which took place in Cambridge last summer.  Recordings of the sessions from this conference are freely available via the Faraday Institute website.

St. Cuthbert's Church ( is located on Lytham Road in Fulwood, Preston PR2 3AR.  PARTICIPANTS

This event primarily seeks to attract individuals who are taking leadership on sustainability issues within the North West of England.  Consequently it will be attractive to a range of individuals working within (and across) business, public sector, faith, academic and third sector.  Places are limited.

14 June St Nic's Church, Nottingham Whose EarthWith David Hughes, Martin Charlesworth (Jubliee+) and Jamie Fyleman (Tearfund)
14 June All Souls Langham Place, London Whose Earth With Dave Bookless, Andy Lester and Ben Niblett (Tearfund)
15 June Leeds

Gerard Manley Hopkins: poet of the particular - An evening of readings and conversation - organised by WYSOCS Lance Pierson and others Gerard Manley Hopkins' poetry celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of God's creatures, helping us to see the world in fresh ways – and to ask what it might mean. Time: 18.15 – 19.45 (garden open from 17.15) Venue: OUTWOOD HOUSE. Online BOOKING is currently available. Booking is necessary. - West Yorkshire School of Christian Studies, Outwood Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4HR

Sat 16 June Kingston upon Thames

This summer, 20 years on from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, government representatives from around the world will meet at a ‘Rio+20’ summit to discuss sustainable development. As part of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, Christian Aid and Tearfund are working together with local supporters to hold a Rio Connection event in South West London. - Ed Davey MP for Kingston & Surbiton, and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will discuss sustainable development and take questions from local people

  • Christine Allen (Chair) - Director of Policy & Public Affairs - Christian Aid .
  • Laura Taylor - Head of Policy - Tearfund
  • Hilary Gander - Transition Town Kingston
  • Alban Thurston – Project Director - Juice From Your Roof

2pm- at Market House in the Market Square in Kingston (High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London KT1 1JP)

07831 648 171, - Facebook event page: - Twitter: #rioconnect -

16 June Bath Making it Happen Locally - A Conference on Environmental Sustainability in the lead-up to RIO+20
16 June 2012 9:30am – 3pm at The Forum, Bath.
Speakers Include:-
Mary Colwell (UK) Tim Aldred (UK)
Revd Dennis Milanzi (Zambia) Revd Emmanuel Chikoya (Zambia)
Ruth De Barros (Brazil)
Bookings & Information:
Environment News
from the Diocese of Bath & Wells
16-17 June London

CEL is supporting the Alternative Rio Summit.

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, the weekend preceding the Earth Summit, in the central London Universities, there will be an alternative summit organised by the Campaign against Climate Change and the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

The conference will aim to explore what we feel are the more radical solutions required to tackle the current ecological crisis, than those that are likely to dominate the discussions at Rio. It will provide an opportunity for people here in the UK, who for the most part cannot make it to Rio, to join in the discussion around the issues that the Earth summit will be focusing upon.

Speakers and workshop leaders include: John McDonnell MP (Labour), Jean Lambert MEP (Green Party), Stephen Tindale (ex-Director, Greenpeace), Oliver Tickell (author Kyoto 2), Mayer Hillman, Murad Qureshi (GLA & Bangladeshi community), John Lanchberry (RSPB) and many more.

Tony Emerson from Christian Ecology Link will be leading a workshop entitled “Do values need to change before we get effective climate action?”

20 June All Souls Langham Place, London Whose Earth With Dave Bookless, Andy Lester and Ben Niblett (Tearfund)
21 June Soutwark Cathedral, London How to change the world - With a panel of speakers including Tamsin Omond, environmental journalist, Ed Mason, Ethical Investment,  David Shreeve, Environmental Consultant to the Archbishops' Council 19.00
23 June Worcester

The Project EARTH steering group are now planning a series of regional seminars the first two of which will be held at St Andrew's Methodist church, Worcester, on Saturday 23rd June and St Peter's Centre, Coventry, on Saturday 30thJune. The seminars will be an opportunity to meet other people interested in issues of faith and sustainability; find out more about how individuals and places of worship can participate in Project EARTH; and be inspired by some of the faith and sustainability projects already taking place in the region. Both seminars will start at 9:30am and finish at 12:30pm, followed by lunch. Places are free, but booking is essential.
For further details of Worcester seminar contact: Andrew Simons - Te1: 0121 515  1995 or Mobile: 07906 556094
For further details of Coventry seminar contact: Jackie Zammit –   Mobile: 07557 358 990

24 June Duntisbourne Abbots, Glos. Creation Celebration Cotswold Farm nr. Duntisbourne Abbots. An event for all the family at Cotswold Farm (off A417, nr. Duntisbourne Abbots, GL7 7JS) 1pm – 4.30pm Bring a picnic and discover the wildlife of this beautiful Cotswold estate, together with people from other local churches. Activities will include orchid and bird walks, pond dipping, children's wildlife craft activities and face painting. The day will end with tea and cakes and a short time of outdoor worship. There is a wet weather programme, just in case!
20-22 June Brazil Earth Summit at Rio 20-22 June
26 June Southwark Cathedral, London 7.00pm-8.30pm - Responding to the challenge of change: thinking global, acting local A panel, including members of the Cathedral Justice and Development Group, planning for action
28 June London

Communicating Renewable Energy - Talk Action Training Day - Skills workshop - 10.00-16.00 -

Renewable energy is a vital part of our future energy strategy. Despite widespread public support, opposition and misinformation continue to exist. This course looks at the background to these issues, offers core information about key renewable energy technologies, and focuses on how to make the case for renewables both in terms of general publicity, and site-specific discussions.


30 June Coventry The Project EARTH steering group are now planning a series of regional seminars the first two of which will be held at St Andrew's Methodist church, Worcester, on Saturday 23rd June and St Peter's Centre, Coventry, on Saturday 30thJune. The seminars will be an opportunity to meet other people interested in issues of faith and sustainability; find out more about how individuals and places of worship can participate in Project EARTH; and be inspired by some of the faith and sustainability projects already taking place in the region. Both seminars will start at 9:30am and finish at 12:30pm, followed by lunch. Places are free, but booking is essential.
For further details of Worcester seminar contact: Andrew Simons - Te1: 0121 515  1995 or Mobile: 07906 556094
For further details of Coventry seminar contact: Jackie Zammit –   Mobile: 07557 358 990
7 July Bentham/Clapham N Yorks

Christian Rural & Environmental Studies Field Trip - To Bentham and Growing with Grace, Clapham, N Yorkshire, and to Pioneer Projects, Bentham - It is organised by Tim Fox for CRES/CRuC/JRI, but this trip is open to anyone provided they book

9 July Leeds Re-imagining the Environment - Dr Gareth Jones - How do we see our environment, and how do we then treat it? Come and explore ways in which we can better understand the world in which we live and plan for a more sustainable future. Time: 19.30 – 21.00 - OUTWOOD HOUSE. - Cost: free. Please BOOK to let us know you're coming. WYSOCS event. West Yorkshire School of Christian Studies, Outwood Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4HR
10 July Truro Multi-faith Climate Change Book Club Meeting - at diocesan house, Truro - The book which will be studied on this occasion is - Costing not less than everything: Sustainability and Spirituality in Challenging Times by Pam Lunn costing £8.00.
10 July Manchester Facilitation Training (Manchester) - 10.00 – 16.00 - Gain the tools and techniques to make your facilitation engaging and productive
11 July  
Devon’s Living Churchyards
Devon Churches Green Action is organising a morning workshop in Exeter to explore how churchyards can be cared for with greater regard to wildlife and biodiversity. At the Old Deanery, Exeter on Wednesday 11th July. Advanced booking essential.
For details and booking contact Joan Harris 01392-294940
11 July Manchester Engaging Communities on Climate Change (Manchester) - 10.00-16.00 - An invaluable course for anyone looking to develop community activities on climate change, energy-saving and environmental issues
14-28 July Bolivia Tour to the Cochabamba Project , Bolivia. Visit project which is tackling the very root causes of deforestation. The tour will last just under 2 weeks, during which time you'll get to meet the farmers
20-22 July Swanwick, Derbyshire National Justice and Peace Annual Conference - "A New World Order? China Today and Our Response"
17 July Bristol Facilitation Training (Bristol) - 10.00-16.00 - Gain the tools and techniques to make your facilitation engaging and productive - /
18 July Cardiff

Facilitation Training - 10.00 - 16.00 - Gain the tools and techniques to make your facilitation engaging and productive /

19-20 July Machynlleth, Wales
Post-Carbon Worlds and Transitions-
5 Aug Stockbridge Wheelie good day out - Family fun Day - St. Albert’s Church
and School Grounds, Hollow Croft, Stockbridge Village, L284EA - 11.00am‐ 4.00pm
What’s On? - • Ride on a 6 seater Mega Bike
• Try out lots of different bikes - • KMX‐track with real KMX Karts • Race the Pedal Powered Scalextric • Rickshaw rides around the Village • Dr Bike Maintenance – bring your bike for a check up‘provided by TravelWise delivered by Bikeright’
• Food • Tombola • Stalls • Face Painting • Get out & about with a supervised Cycle Ride from St Albert’s Church
17 -19 Aug Rutland British Birdwatching Fair - Rutland A Rocha International Director, Chris Naylor, will be joined by other members of the international and UK teams at the A Rocha stand (No 46 in Marquee 2) and A Rocha will be leading a Service at 9am on Sunday 19th in the Events Marquee.
24-27 Aug Cheltenham Greenbelt 2012 - - CEL will have a stall -. This will be part of a joint project with other green Christian Organisations. If you would like to help please contact George Dow
27 Aug Greenbelt Cheltenham

Sr Helen Julian CSF and Brother Hugh will talk in Eden at Greenbelt (at 2pm provisionally..on Monday I think) at Greenbelt on Br Sun, Sr Moon and Cousin Carbon. Helen has written on the medieval Franciscan stuff on Francis and Clare and the Canticle of the Creatures. Brother Hugh will continue with some more practical thoughts from Hilfield Friary ...and says: "the solar system on our chapel roof makes the chapel not just a powerhouse of prayer but also of electricity from Br Sun."

31 Aug - 2 Sept Bamford, Hope Valley Derbyshire Real Food retreat at Bamford on - Join Jinny and Laurie for a weekend combining earthiness, creativity and culinary joy. We’ll harvest garden produce, make our own bread and invent new vegan recipes as we cook together. There will be opportunities for hands-on learning and for discussion of the principles and politics of sustainable food. All this set in the context of our Quaker community with twice-daily meeting for worship. Starts with supper about 6.30 on Friday 31st August, finishes at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday 2nd September. The cost of £90 includes comfortable accommodation mostly in single rooms and the fantastic food we create.
1 Sept - 4 Oct World

A time for Creation - Creation time - 1 st Sept - 4 th Oct : 2012 theme:- 'Sustainble energy in God's Creation Time - A time for Prayer and Action' Resources are available from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Contact  Operation Noah have prepared sermon notes and prayers for use during Creation Time - which will be the five Sundays in September this year. The notes are based around the Lectionary readings. They combine insights from the bible passages with themes from Operation Noah's Ash Wednesday Declaration regarding climate change. The five studies are on the topics of: · God’s gift and our flourishing (September 2nd) · Loving our neighbours (September 9th) · Repentance (September 16th) · Listening to the wise (September 23rd) · Hope in difficult times (September 30th).

Sept UK Organic month - Organic September -
3 Sept Cheltenham
Cheltenham's Bacon Theatre, 6.30pm - the initial screening of the film An Inconvenient Truth 2. Tickets are £8/£7. The film's maker, Cheltenham's Jack Guest, and CEL Patron Jonathon Porritt will be present to host a Q&A session afterwards. Intended as a sequel of sorts to Al Gore’s film, it's about the world getting better: it proposes that society already has answers to climate change, and features positive solutions already implemented in Sweden, the leading EU country for renewable energy.
3-9 Sept UK National Waste Week t. 2012 theme:- "One more thing" This is a good opportunity raise recycling issues - Also it is much better refuse and reuse than to recycle -
8 Sept Morden Hall Park, south London Creation Time environmental walk, Mordern Hall Park, south London. Join London Christians at this National Trust site which has an up-to-date emphasis on the environment, including environmental education, hydro-electricity, a deer park, a city farm and the Wandle Valley’s industrial heritage (William Morris). Organised by the London Churches Environmental Network. Details
8 Sept UK There are lots of cycle rides - many of them sponsored - to raise money and enjoy visiting old churches on 8 September. Find out what is happening near you. Heritage Open Days- directory-
8 Sept Brockholes, Preston Fifth Lancashire Churches Sponsored Ride & Stride: cycle or walk to historic churches in Preston & on the Fylde
and raise money for local churches- between 10am and 5pm. - & Join us at a Service of Celebration of Creation and Re-Creation 4pm at Brockholes Nature Reserve, Samlesbury Preston (Could start and finish ride or walk here). This year the GUILD WHEEL, a 21 mile cycle route around Preston, will open. About 30 churches in Preston and across the Fylde will be open to welcome riders and walkers and to sign them in, between 10 am and 5 pm. visit and click on Lancashire
11 Sept Hereford Hereford Christian Ecology Group present a talk on the Herefordshire Tree Forum by David Lovelace at St John's Methodist Church, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR, 7.30 pm
Wed 12 Sept London

6.05pm: JustShare Christian Social and Political Thought Lecture at St Mary le Bow, London'There is no wealth but life - the contrasts between financial, social and ecological wealth.' By Professor Molly Scott Cato, green economist, Roehampton University.

NEWS: Take a look at JustShare's YouTube channel where you can watch some of our debates and lectures in your own time: 

14-15 Sept Newry, Co Down Eco-Congregation Ireland - inaugural conference in Dromantine Conference Centre, near Newry 'God's Creation - Our Responsibility?' Speakers:- Prof David Horrell of Exeter University; Dr Alastair McIntosh, Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde and Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology; Rev Peter Owen-Jones, author and TV pesenter; Dr Anne Primavesi, Fellow of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Study of Religion, Birkbeck College, University of London; and Prof Stephen Williams of Union Theological College, Belfast. Workshop topics will include sustainable living and spirituality, climate change, ethical investments, ecology and the economy, Celtic spirituality, God's creation and poetry, Ecology and the Eucharist, and helping children and young people nurture respect for the earth. Workshop facilitators will include Dr Una Agnew SSL, Rev Grace Clunie, Robert Cochran, Mary Kate Hagan RSM, Alex Hill, Hugh O'Donnell SDB and Tony Weekes as well as Dr Alastair McIntosh and Rev Peter Owen-Jones. There will also be a practical aspect to the conference with participants being invited to each plant a tree and to contribute a stone to a life cairn in recognition of the many species becoming extinct at an alarming rate. A public talk involving all the speakers followed by an open forum will take place at 8pm on Friday 14 September. You are welcome to come for the whole conference, or as much as you can!
15 Sept Bradford Cathedral God’s Word on God’s World– A Bradford Cathedral Insight Event 10am-4pm - Speaker: Rev David Bookless of A Rocha. . Welcome and Act of Worship at 10.30am led by Bishop Nick Baines of Bradford. For more details contact Jonathan Nicholas - -
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15 Sept Bishopsgate London Resurgence - celebrating 45 years -festival of Wellbeing - the great transitions from econmic growth to growth in wellbeing. 10am-6pm , Bishopsgate Institute, 230, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH to book:- 01237 441293 Speakers


15 Sept Norwich WATER DAY: An opportunity to learn, share ideas and pray about water and the environment, our responsible use of water and show solidarity with communities experiencing water scarcity or water deprivation. There will be exhibitions, activities for children and time to meet others over light lunch which will be provided. Principal speaker: Mary Colwell. Venue: the Narthex, St John's Cathedral, Earlham Road. The event is organised by the Norwich Justice & Peace Group.
16 Sept St Andrews, Scotland Climate Change Events at Hope Park and Martyrs
Parish Church, Mary's Place, St Andrews
16 Sept UK As first Day of European Mobility Week, 16 Sept is a good day to have a "Car Free Sunday"
16-22 Sept Europe European Mobility Week   The Week culminates in the ‘In Town Without My Bicycles in Chemnitz, GermanyCar!’ event, which has been running since 2000, and sees participating towns and cities set aside one or several areas solely for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport for the entire day. 

Since its introduction in 2002, the impact of European Mobility Week has steadily grown, both across Europe and around the world. In 2010,  a  record  number  of  2,268  cities,  re-presenting  approximately  227  million  - citizens,  officially  registered  for  the  campaign. A  total  of  7,506  permanent  measures  have been  implemented,  mainly  focusing  on  infrastructure  for cycling  and  walking,  traffic  calming,  improving transport  accessibility  and  raising  awareness about sustainable travel behaviour.
19 Sept Bristol Climate Change and The Purposes of God: - A morning conference for clergy & other church leaders. St Michael and All Angels Church, Vivian St, Windmill Hill, Bristol, BS3 4LW. -. 10.00am to 12.45pm followed by a light lunch. Free. Register: or 0117 903 0361. Download the event poster here Where next with the Ash Wednesday Declaration? Is responding to climate change an urgent discipleship issue for followers of Jesus Christ? Does it matter to God & should it concern the church? Join us to explore these issues theologically, biblically and practically as we seek to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit. The morning will include input from Bishop David Atkinson & Mark Letcher from Operation Noah, plus discussion, resources, & examples of local good practice & prayer. Organised by Operation Noah
21-23 Sept Hilfield Friary, Dorset Hilfeld Friary, Dorset -The Cost of Creation - Explore our relationships with land, place and other creatures with ecologist and Anglican priest Canon John Rodwell. Sharing the Franciscan life and liturgy amongst the living and dying of the Dorset countryside,...(Prof Rodwell is well know by UK botanists for writing/organising the National Vegetation Classification)
Sat 22 Sept UK and Europe In town without my car day
24-28 Sept Scargill House, Kettlewell, Yorks Dales Working holiday at Scargill House - people can come & help manage our estate, with plenty of time for relaxation as well! Standard Adult Price is £107.50 & includes accommodation, all meals & refreshments. Scargill House -Community run Christian Retreat / holiday / conference centre in the Yorkshire Dales
24 Sept - 15 Oct Various locations MapTax bus for Tax Justice - various locations - e.g. See details of Durham on 7 Oct below
25-26 Sept Bonn Germany Workshop on alternatives to Intellectual Property Rights for an Alternative Trade Mandate . Please regiester by 5 Sept September 5th at
26 Sept St Mary-le-Bow Church, London Business, poverty and belief systems, London
JustShare lecture by Paul Szkiler, Chair of Truestone Asset Management. Wednesday 26 September;
6.05 pm; St Mary-le-Bow Church, London, EC2V 6AU. Bookings.
27 Sept Milton Keynes Conserve and Preserve - 7.30 pm - at the Well
Stuck with what to do with an abundant harvest? Come and learn all about the art of preserving from local experts Jammy Cow.
 Preserving demonstrations
 Chance to ask your questions
 Find recipes for your own glut of crops
 Browse and buy from Jammy Cow’s range of local jams and chutneys.- More details soon!
27 Sept - 28 April Southern Portugal Birdwatching weeks in Southern Portugal - Algarve - A Rocha is running various Bird watching trips to Southern Portugal. Details
28 Sept London Environmental Sustainability in the Workplace - 10.00-16.00 - A practical and comprehensive one-day training course to help your organisation make real efficiency savings and improve the environmental impact of your workplace
28 Sept Cheltenham Come to an evening with Mark Letcher! 7.30pm
at The Old Priory, Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3LE
(next to St Gregory’s Church) - Mark is Director of Climate Works, developing responses to the connected issues of
climate change, energy security and fuel poverty: he made a big impact with his - Christian Ecology Link National Conference workshops earlier this year.- Admission free – retiring collection. After the meeting there will be the opportunity to join in evening prayer (compline)
in St Gregory's. Enquiries: Martin Davis, convener, Cheltenham Christian Ecology Link 01242 575779
29 Sept Hurst Green near Clitheroe

As part of St John's Church, Hurst Green 's Church Goes Wild programme there will be a talk/workshop on wildlife gardening 3pm. This is suitable for ALL ages and is followed by a Jacob's Join tea. (Phone Clare for details 01254 878402)

30Sept St Albans 6.30 Evensong at St Albans Cathedral - Sermon to be given by Professor Andrew Linzey of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. In his sermon he will call for an Animal Cruelty Offender's Register. 
1-3 Oct Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire Ecumenical World Development Conference, ‘Food Matters’ . Why, in a world of plenty, do so many people still go hungry? What’s the solution? And what does Christian thinking have to say about it? Who has the power over our food systems and how they are using it. More details at
5-7 Oct Scargill House, Kettlewell Yorks Dales 5th – 7th October– Small Mammals of the Yorkshire Dales – a weekend getting close to small mammals of the Dales, including red squirrels, bats & voles. Standard Adult Price £105 Scargill House -Community run Christian Retreat / holiday / conference centre in the Yorkshire Dales
6 Oct Edinburgh Edinburgh: 6 October - Nature as Soul Friend Nature is our original and native setting, yet how surprised we are to discover its benefits for our physical, mental and spiritual well-being! Come and rediscover your own deep connection to Creation, spending time indoors and out. With Dave Bingham, wilderness retreat guide, eco-therapist & founder of Wild Earth. Further information, flier and booking from 0131 552 4102 Email: Organised by
6 Oct Huddersfield Newsome South Methodist Church - Birch Road, Berry Brow, Huddersfield, HD4 7LP - “ECO-FAIR” - Caring for God’s World
from 10.00 - 4.00 pm - Showing ways of reducing your energy costs - and carbon footprint - For churches and individuals - For more details contact: 01484 429055
6 Oct Tabor, Preston

Sustainable Christianity: is there a distinctive call to how Christians should respond to the environmental and financial crisis?Event at Tabor, 169 Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8HE Sean McDonagh SSC a Columban missionary priest who worked in the Philippines from 69 to 91, where he saw at first hand the devastation of tropical deforestation 10.00am-1.45pm. Lifts available from Preston Railway Station. Booking essential. 01524 383081 Fr Sean is a Columban missionary priest famed for campaigning & battling for justice on environmental issues


6 Oct Oxford Ethical investment and fair trade: a faith perspective, 6 October, Oxford In preparation for National Ethical Investment Week, ECCR member Shared Interest is hosting an event to discuss the importance of ethical investment and its impact on fair trade. Come along to share views with the experienced panel, including ECCR Board member Steve Hucklesby There will also be an opportunity to find out more about Shared Interest and investing in a fairer world. ECCR
stall. Saturday 6 October; 9.30 am – 2 pm; Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford,
OX1 2DH. Bookings: 0191 2339102.
6 Oct London

A Rocha UK Conferences

We understand that (as of 23 Sept) these conferences have been cancelled/postponed till next year.

6 October - London
13 October - Exeter
20 October - Wolverhampton
27 Otcober - Newcastle
3 November - Southampton
10 November - Cambridge
17 November - Preston

7 Oct UK

Animal Welfare Sunday
Download resource material: - Raining Cats and Dogs produced by the Angican Society for the Welfare of Animals

This year, Animal Welfare Sunday is on Sunday 7th October 2012. The chosen theme will be looking at the welfare issues surrounding companion animals, particularly dogs and cats. Our speaker at our AGM this year will be Paul Davis of Doris Banham Dog Rescue which will be linked to our theme.

A children's booklet is also available - Raining Cats and Dogs Junior Pack (PDF).

Animal Welfare Sunday guide booklets are downloadable here:

Animal Welfare Sunday - Service Guide (PDF)

Animal Welfare Sunday - Information Booklet (PDF)

7 Oct Chelmsford 2012 ASWA Annual Service Chelmsford Cathedral Preacher: Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell – Bishop of Chelmsford 11.15am – Eucharist- Anglcian Association for the Welfare of Animals
7 Oct Keighley Animal Blessing Service 7 October, 4pm All Saints, Highfield Lane, Keighley
7 Oct Durham All Aboard the Tax Bus for Tax Justice - Tax dodging hurts the poor.What can we do about tax dodging by super rich individuals and multinationals? Taxes pay for many good things that hold society together. To help us all learn more take positive action and draw pubic and politician attention to the scandal of tax dodging, the Tax Bus is coming to Durham on 7th October. Manned by informed advocates from Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty, the bus will be met by a panel of speakers and be the focus for a media event and Fair Taxes Fair.
Tax Bus is calling for Transparency about Tax reporting, because most tax dodging is hidden from authorities and politicians in the complexity and secrecy of accounting procedures. DURHAM TOWN HALL public meeting with Roberta Blackman-Woods MP. Public meeting 3-4pm. Tax Fair at Cathedral 4.30pm
7-14 Oct Lichfield Cathedral Caring For Creation Festival Programme
A multi-faceted environmental Festival is taking
place between 7—14 October 2012 at Lichfield Cathedral
10 Oct St
Mary-le-Bow Church, London
How to change the City, London JustShare lecture by James Featherby, Chair of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group and formerly commercial partner with Slaughter and May. Wednesday 10 October; 6.05 pm; St Mary-le-Bow Church, London, EC2V 6AU.
13 Oct Lichfield Cathedral Afternoon Seminar at Lichfield Cathedral with Professor Tim Gorringe, University of Exeter and Isabel Carter, Operation Noah on "Caring for Creation"
13 Oct Bristol Ethical Finance Conference, Bristol - This conference will address a range of issues including transparency, ethical investment and pension options, and ethical and mutual banking options. 9.30 am – 3.30 pm; Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR. Tickets £15 / £10 concessions. Booking -
14-20 Oct UK
National Ethical Investment Week: 14 – 20 October
An initiative, now in its 5th year, to ensure that everyone knows they have green and ethical options when it comes to their finance and investment decisions. Contact UKSIF, ECCR and CCLA produced a 12-page Action Guide for Churches for National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW) 2011. Worship material in this guide is appropriate throughout the year for services focussing on economic justice; printed copies available from Helen Boothroyd (07503 931172). THe 2012 new Action Guide is now available online as well as additional resources.
15 - 19 Oct Scargill House, Kettlewell All Features Great & Small – we will be walking around Coverdale, Swaledale, & Wharfdale & seeing many of the special & varied landscapes featured in James Herriot’s famous books. Standard Adult Price £215 - Scargill House - Christian Conference Centre
16 Oct London Whose ethics? , London Church investors and charity trustees are invited to attend afternoon tea with Helen Wildsmith, Head
of Ethical & Responsible Investment at CCLA, a corporate member of ECCR. Tuesday 16 October; 2-5 pm; Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4ET. Information and registration. Info:
17 Oct London Facilitation Training (London) 10.00-16.00 - Gain the tools and techniques to make your facilitation engaging and productive’ - 020 7324 4775
18 Oct Oxford ECCR Oxford meets regularly in local homes and would welcome new members interested to find out more about ECCR's work and take part in local activity for change. They are currently working on issues around Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, run under contract by MITIE Group plc. Next meeting: 4 pm. Contact Bob Nind or Bridget Walker for venue details (tel. 01865 766604).
18 Oct Devon

Devon food Conference posterDevon Food Conference 2012

Feeding the World is Easy: Food Security for Devon and the Globe - The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton EX17 6DF - 10am-4pm - Speakers include Colin Tudge, Ruth West and Tim Gorringe Costs: £15.00 per participant - (including lunch and refreshments)- Booking essential

19-21 Oct N Wales CEL Retreat


CEL Weekend Retreat 2012, ‘Is your ecology too small?, Noddfa, North Wales LL34 6YF, 19-21 October, 2012.

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Cost: £100. More information and booking forms available at

From the great story of the universe we learn that there is no disconnection and we are kin in the kin-dom of God with all that is. What will our faith look and sound like when we embrace that revelation? Our time will be a Christ-centred and biblically-informed journey in that great story. We will travel with prophets, psalmists and cosmologists, singing their songs and telling their stories of homecoming. We will reflect together on our emerging vocation to be co-creators with God, asking forgiveness for the plight of the earth and making straight the way of the Lord in the damaged but still beautiful world in which we live.

Sat 20 Oct Sidwell Devon

Transition Workshop at Sidwell St Methodist Church 10.00 - 4.00pm - What makes a Transition group effective?
What issues are Transition groups facing? = An opportunity for Transitioners from different groups to get together, and share what works and what hasn't worked.

Learn, Plan and Collaborate - The workshop is facilitated by Gill Wyatt, who has been involved with different Transition groups for over 3 years. She also runs Creating Synergies, which provides facilitation, research and coaching to communities and other groups. - Home-cooked Lunch provided! - Suggested donation £3 towards costs - Details and booking -  or 01647 24789

21 Oct   Apple Day
21-28 Oct UK One World Week Sharing Destiny - Moving towards one world.
24 Oct London Prosperity Lost? 24 October, London
JustShare lecture considering a Christian perspective on financial crises and responsible capitalism by
Dr David McNair. Wednesday 24 October; 6.05 pm; St Mary-le-Bow, London.

25 Oct

London Environmental Sustainability in the Workplace (London) 10:00-16:00 Location: TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS A practical and comprehensive training day to help your organisation make real efficiency savings, engage with staff and stakeholders and improve the environmental impact of your workplace. Talk Action

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A ground-breaking conference on themes of global change - Non-stop Turmoil or Global Spring?  Friday 26th October 2012 - Open lecture 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm  ‘Non-stop Turmoil or Global Spring?: Changing Values for the 21st Century’  Entry : £5 

& Saturday 27th October 2012   Day conference  10.00 am – 4.00 pm : £10  including vegetarian lunch  at St. Margaret’s Church  LeeTerrace SE15 5EA

FURTHER INFORMATION : Alan Race  020 8318 9643 Are religious and spiritual values under threat in a rapidly changing world? Are our values evolving for the better?  How can the religions cooperate in shaping the future?  Speakers will address these main themes and involve participants in workshop reflections.

JIM KENNEY ,  Founder and Director of the interreligious adult study centre Common Ground, near Chicago, and was formerly the International Director for the Parliament of the World’s Religions.  He master-minded the ground-breaking gatherings of the Parliament in Chicago (1993) and Cape Town (1999), both events attracting thousands of people.



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THE QUILLIGAN SEMINARS -  A UK Tribute toElinor Ostrom 1934-2012 Nobel Prize Winner for Economics 2009

Moderator: James Quilligan, Global Commons Trust - London, October 22-28 2012 - ‘Exploring pragmatic ways the Commons can be Restored - Politically, Economically, Culturally, Environmentally, and Globally

22nd: 'Recovery of the Commons evolving around us' Martin Large 2- 4pm Grimond Rm. Portcullis House Sponsor Michael Meacher MP Mutualising land and capital into commons bodies for community benefit and individual enterprise.

23rd ‘Co-creating the Commons of Health and how together we will make it work ’- . 9.30-5 pm INDIAN YMCAa Fitzroy Sq. W1T 6AQ Raising awareness of our possibilities for generative action in healthcare. Creating Connections for sustained shared attention and structures of engagement for doing what needs to be done to make sustainable healthcare possible.

24th ‘Establishing an Economic System that protects the Commons’ Plenary and work-groups on Tax, Money, Financial Sector. John Lipetz 9- 4.30 School of Economic Science W1

25th ‘Accountability: Why We Have Lost It and How We Can Recover It.’
 1.15 for 1.45 to 5.30 and afterwards for networking and optional dinner. Morning workshop 11-12.30 being organised Esther Ridsdale : In this workshop James Quilligan and Claudius Van Wyk lead us on an examination of how we can address our social institutions’ deepening inability to protect and promote our common interests, resources and well-being; civil society and the commons. This highly interactive workshop will explore how to rebuild accountability making a difference in our own organisations, communities and personal lives. The imbalances in the world economically, socially, and culturally can be traced to an imbalance between the right and left brain hemispheres of the human being. Alleviating this imbalance will ultimately enable us to recreate the institutions that govern us; our organisations, our society and the environment. Inspired by contributions by James Quilligan and Claudius Van Wyk we will examine how we can address this challenge; exploring the need to reestablish accountability between people and within the individual self, and how we build conversations that lead to trust and accountability, reduce disconnectedness across society and, in turn, regenerate the institutions that govern us. We will aim to discover how we can take these ideas and make a difference in our own organisations, communities and personal lives. An option to extend the exploration with an 11-12.30 session is being considered. Details will be mailed to anyone booking for the afternoon event. £20.65 Book online via evenbrite OVER/


An attempt to build an Alliance/Nexus as a movement of individuals and organisations seeking to end the modern-day slavery caused by the culture of greed and the damage it does to others, ourselves and our planet. We will seek to generate mutual awareness of, and respect, for the many starting points that will provide an influential public clamour for change.

Details at this stage for all the above from

Sat 3 Nov Clarkson, Glasgow 100th Scotland Eco-Congregation Award Celebration We are pleased to invite all eco-congregations – especially previous award winners – to the presentation of the 100th Eco-Congregation Scotland award at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Clarkston, at 2pm This will be followed by a short service of celebration. All invited.
Tue 6 Nov Milton Keynes Tom Bulman: Talk on the challenges of being a green candidate 7.30pm, the Quaker Centre, Oakley Gardens, Downhead Park, MK15 9BH - Cost £3-00 Milton Keynes Christian Ecology Group
Thur 8 Nov Chinnor Oxfordshire Earthing Faith Gathering at St Andrew's Church, OX39 4PG. 7-9pm The focus will be on theology and the environment - with Revd Margot Hodson and Revd Mark Laynesmith - register and info:
10 Nov Hurst Green near Clitheroe

As part of St John's Church, Hurst Green 's Church Goes Wild programme there will be Talk on birds of prey by Corio Raptor Care ( High Bentham) with display in church! 3pm. This is suitable for ALL ages and is followed by a Jacob's Join tea. (Phone Clare for details 01254 878402)

11 Nov London London : ASWA Remembrance Sunday Service for Animals
3pm at the Animals' War Memorial, Park Lane, London
16 Nov Baildon, W Works Titus Salt School 7 - 9 pm- Ethidal Fashion Show - 'Style' competition - students from the Textile Dept making an outfit with £5 to spend on recycled and Fairtrade clothing - so the emphasis is on sustainability as well as fair trading. Tickets include a glass of wine or juice, and samples of Fairtrade choc and nuts.- Presented by:
Baildon Fairtrade Group, Baildon Belles WI, Titus Salt School
House of Rose & Brown- Tickets £5 adults
or £2.50 under 18s details - 01274 582384
17 Nov Central London CEL Annual Members' Meeting Central London at The Magadalen Centre, St Mary’s Church, Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BN. Afternoon. email for details
21 Nov London

Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, is giving the Operation Noah Annual Lecture  at 7pm in Friends House, Euston. His topic will be ‘Overcoming fossil fuel addiction – the next moral revolution?’ Andy used to be the Policy and Campaign’s Director at Tearfund.The lecture will be followed by discussion and refreshments.

22 Nov London Ethical investment: understanding your power, 22 November, London - Training day for ECCR members and supporters, followed by ECCR’s Members Annual Meeting - (MAM). Thursday 22 November; 10.30 am – 4.30 pm; Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.
22 Nov London

Book launch of Sean McDonagh’s FUKUSHIMA: THE DEATH KNELL FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY? organised by the Columban Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Team, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN

Speaker – Author and Eco-theologian SEAN MCDONAGH ssc. Chair – JOHN VIDAL, The Guardian’s Environment Editor.
A panel discussion will include BRUCE KENT, Vice-President of Pax Christi and of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). In his latest book, Columban priest Sean McDonagh focuses on the controversial issue of nuclear power, particularly the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in March 2011. He says: “Although nuclear plants have been supplying energy in the context of ‘peaceful use’ to society until now, they have also released an enormous amount of radioactive waste such as plutonium. We are placing the custodial responsibility of these dangerous wastes on future generations for centuries to come. We must consider this matter to be an ethical issue.”

RSVP by 19th Nov to, JPICSSC@BTCONNECT.COM or 020 8202 2555. Copies of the book will be available. Photos of parishes in the vicinity of Fukushima will be on display. Nearest tube station is High Street Kensington. See The event is organised by the Columban Missionary Society. Website:

24 Nov UK Buy Nothing Day
25 Nov Martin Mere Lancs 24 – 25 Nov Martin Mere, Lancs - Bird Watching Festival - 25 Nov 10am - A Rocha service
14 Dec 2012 Cheltenham An evening with Ellen Teague, campaigning writer and journalist, chair of the National Justice and Peace Network’s Environment Working Group. She is one of the judges of the LiveSimply awards for parishes. 7.30pm The Old Priory, Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3LE (next to St Gregory’s Church) Admission free – retiring collection
After the meeting there will be the opportunity to join in
evening prayer (compline) in St Gregory's.
Enquiries: 01242 575779
“Christian ecology?” An imperative for our times!
"Christians, in particular, realise that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature
and the Creator are an essential part of their faith
." Pope John Paul II (1990) But do we? Download poster
26 Dec2012 Ripon

Boxing Day 9.30am Eucharist at Ripon Cathedral and Pilgrimage to Fountains Abbey, led by Bishop of Ripon and Leeds - Walk of about 4 miles,through beautiful scenery, carol service at Fountains Abbey at the end.

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number of events described in 2012 = 233.

Individual months:-

J F M A M J J A S O N D 11 18 20 20 45 30 10 5 28 33 11 2

Number of events recorded in previous years.

2005 220
2006 220
2007 350
2008 300
2009 365
2010 220
2011 223
2012 233


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