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Church environment stall in Faith Tent at Make Poverty History Edinburgh 2005What's On? 2017 calendar .

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First, a brief list of GC/CEL's own events:


  • 9-11 June:  2017 Green Christian Retreat
  • 18 Nov 2017: GC Annual Members Meeting

Events highlighted in yellow are ones recently added.


2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
7 March Hereford 7.30 pm Hereford Christian Ecology Group present 'Joy in Enough? Why a sustainable world needs a new economics', an illustrated talk by the Revd John Daniels, in St John's Methodist Church Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR
8 March Hook   Money - what is it good for? - 7pm,  Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft,Hook, RG27 9NN, North Hampshire Do you know what the money in your bank account or pension is being used for?   With Expertethical on investing in the good, 350 on divesting from the bad Christian Aid on how to ask the banks to stop financing the ugly.  Get your free tickets at !>
8 March Evesham Dr  Julia Edwards is a mission partner with the Methodist Church in Britain, based in Fiji. Julia will present the urgency of the situation & our need for action. Distant lands, rising seas & local concerns Climate Change in the Pacific In the Pacific, people are suffering from the effects of climate change today; they are not concerned with debate. They know that questioning future climate predictions is superfluous when climate change is already a daily reality – no debate necessary. Evesham Methodist Church 6.45-7.45 pm (Before Circuit Meeting!!!)
15 March Selly Oak Birming -ham Global warming and Global Change.- You are invited to an evening talk by Dr Julia Edwards, Methodist mission partner and researcher on climate change.  This will take place on Wednesday 15th March 2017, 7.30pm at Selly Oak Methodist Church.
18 March London  Sarx "Creature Conference -Is Christianity Good News for Animals?" Oasis Auditorium Southbank ,75 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HS London 09:00 to 18:00 (GMT)
18 Mar  Birming-ham Nature in the balance: can we put a value on the environment, and should we? The John Ray Initiative annual conference,  Bournville College, Birmingham. £48, Early booking is advisable. Info here. Keynote speakers:  Dr. Darren Evans “Ecosystem Services: managing nature for human benefit.”; Prof. Richard Bauckham “Why do other creatures matter?”; and Rev. Dave Bookless “Biblical Wisdom for Nature Conservation.” Plus seminars. See also: Facebook Event Page    and  downloadable printable flyer
 23 March  Loughton

 Loughton Methodist Church: Heat Pump and Green Energy Open Day talks to show new Ground Source Heat System.  Details here -talks and guided tours throughout day at set times  (10.30, 14.00 and short talk at 19.00 by Christian Aid and Isoenergy. followed at 19.30 by Coffee, discussion, music on an environmental theme.

 23 March  Bath
Distant Lands, Rising Seas and Local Concerns: Climate Change in the Pacific - Dr Julia Edwards- at Nexus Methodist Church, Nelson Place, Walcot, Bath -  at 7.30p.m. 
Dr Julia Edwards is an expert on the impacts of Climate Change and has been supported by the Methodist Church to work with the Pacific Council of Churches to look at the impact of climate change on the Pacific islands. Julia has not only worked with the Churches but has been part of governmental panels working with UN Conferences on Climate Change.
23 Mar  St Paul's Cathedral St Paul's  Cathedral Celebration of Water on 23 March 2017- Water Of Life? Creation, Culture & the River Thames 6.30pm-  Please book free ticketsfeaturing excerpts from Handel's Water Music played on the Grand Organ; David Vaughan, Director of Science at the British Antarctic Survey; archaeology from the Thames Discovery Project; poetry readings from Jane Draycott; new artworks from Pablo Genovés and more to be announced.Moderated by the Rt Revd James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool.
 25 Mar  World  Take part in   Earth Hour Turn off your lights 8.30pm -9.30pm local time.
 25 Mar  World  Take part in   Earth Hour Turn off your lights 8.30pm -9.30pm local time.
27th March Bishop's Castle

Bishop's Castle & Clun Climate Change Coalition - Talk: Transition Towns. 7.30pm The Three Tuns, Salop Street, when Mike Membery is introducing Transition Towns and explaining what this means for the locality.

27th March  webinar

6.30pm- Global Divestment Mobilisation From 5-13 May, people all over the world will be taking action calling on our institutions to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in a brighter, cleaner future. If you are interested in finding out more, why not join the ‘Faith and Global Divestment Mobilisation’ webinar on Monday 27 March at 6.30pm. Find out more and sign up for the webinar here. Speakers for the webinar include Rev Rachel Mash (Environmental Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa), Rev Alex Mabbs (Minister at Brighthelm URC – the first UK church to divest), Danni Paffard (, Luke Harman (Christian Aid) and James Buchanan (Operation Noah)

30th March  London  5pm - 9pm
Interfaith Climate Symposium 2: From Local to Global  New West End Synagogue, St Petersburg Place, London W2 4JT . Speakers so far include: Bishop Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston; Marilyn Hull, Birmingham Interfaith Climate Change Movement; Imam Ajmal Masroor; Kailean Khongsai, A Rocha UK. There will be a Green Christian Stall at this event.
 3-9 Apr UK Big Spring Beach Clean 17 - Actually there are Beach cleans organised each week in spring - nearly every day! - have a look and join in one near you:  Organised by Surfers against Sewage
7-9 Apr Launde Abbey E Midlands Signs of hope - an Eco-weekend - Launde Abbey , East Norton Leics, LE7 9XB - As we  face possible environmental & ecological disaster we need to find reasons for hope, and spiritual resources for an earth-honouring life. - led by The Revd. Kevin Durrant and Canon  Brian Davis. Kevin will lead us through some of the themes of his book, 'The earth will teach you'*. -*if you want to read this book before the w/e contact Kevin - copies from him are only £8.50, including p & p. Kevin Durrant, a graduate of Keble College, Oxford, worked as a geography teacher and  civil servant before training for the Baptist Ministry. There will also be guest speakers from the Allerton Trust, which runs a nearby farm and highly acclaimed conservation project (a site visit may be possible during the weekend), and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, whose good work in protecting and enhancing local wildlife includes the management of two woods belonging to Launde, and Rutland Water Nature Reserve. We will also hear about the many exciting projects initiated by Market Harborough Transition Town, & Sustainable Harborough.   On Saturday afternoon there will be a Eco-Question Time with a panel of eco enthusiasts.
 11 April  Baildon  Local Green Christian Meetup (West Yorks & N Yorks) - 9.30am - 1pm (-3pm) - for Green Christian Members and others interested in West Yorkshire. Proposed activities: Min prayer Eco-walk, Natural history walk (9.30-10.45) ; Coffee and Sharing of ideas and resources (10.45am); Tour of Baildon Methodist Church (several Eco-Congregation Awards-11.15am) - Lunch at Wesley Cafe-Discussion(12-1pm): 1pm. Finish, or stay on to session at Baildon Speakers Club to learn and practice tips on public speaking. Details
 22 April  Glasgow Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering : Burnside Blairbeth Church in Glasgow on the theme  of ‘Caring for Creation in a Time of Change
 29 Apr  Ripon College Cuddesdon nr. Oxford Christian Rural and Environmental Studies Day Conference with Andy Atkins and Margot Hodson Ripon College Cuddesdon nr. Oxford
3-8 May Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Two Wings & Some Prayers! - Retreat holiday for (potential) birdwatchers. Stay in our comfortable Guest House in beautiful Cumbrian countryside. Enjoy the hospitality of our Community of Augustinian Sisters. Talks, events and trips will include: Birdsong for beginners. The praise of creation. Birds in religious poetry. Visit to Leighton Moss. Osprey watching. Walk with the Dawn Chorus. Saints and nature Sr Margaret Atkins will provide theological reflections and there will be talks and walks guided by experienced amateur birdwatcher and naturalists.
6 May 2017 Norwich Good News for God's Earth - 10am - 4.30pm Venue: The Green Britain Centre, Swaffham, PE37 7HT Please book
Lots of great speakers, organised by Diocese of Norwich
A day of presentations, conversations, activities and worship, with guests leading workshops, helping us to consider our Christian concern for the environment. Speakers for the day: 
    • Chris Naylor – A Rocha’s international director (on A Rocha’s global work)
    • Ruth Valerio – A Rocha UK’s theology director (on UK Eco Church initiative)
    • Emily Nobbs – Norfolk Wildlife Trust (on churchyard wildlife)
    • Julia Hanmer – Chief Executive of the Bat Conservation Trust (on bats in churches)
    • Julian Bryant – Voices from the Global South: Climate Change and the environment
    • Brother Samuel SSF  – Hilfield Friary (on Franciscan Spirituality)
    • Nigel Cooper – Environment officer, Ely Diocese
  • Victoria Johnson – Educational Residentiary Canon, Ely (on celebrating the environment in worship)
13 May 2017 Lincoln

Lincoln Edward King House, Minster Yard, Lincoln, LN2 1PU : Faith and the Environment: Act Local;Think Global  9.30 (for 10.00 start) to 4.30 -

Speakers include Bishop Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln, reflecting on his experience of meeting people directly affected by climate change; Bishop Graham Cray, our keynote speaker. "TED talks" and discussion with Vicky Dunn of Grimsby Community Energy; Mark Schofield of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust; Graham Cray of Frack-Free Ryedale; team from St Catherine's, Burbage, winners of Eco Church Gold Award.Bishop Christopher Lowson (Lincoln) will set the scene for the day speaking from experience at a confernece in Fiji in July 2016, when he met people who are already very specifically being directly affected by global warming. He felt a strong companionship with those whose lives are dictated by the sea in ways which ours are not. See his comments and video links here:…/the-bishop-of-lincoln-rep…
Keynote speaker: Bishop Graham Cray (retd, Maidstone; previously Archbishops' Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team). Other presenters and workshop leaders include: Dr Vicky Dunn of Grimsby Community Energy; Mark Schofield, Conservation Officer (Living Landscapes) at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust; Rev Andrew Hall & colleagues from St Catherine’s church Burbage, winners of the A Rocha EcoChurch Gold Award; Bishop Cray on Fracking.
14 May 2017 St Albans Along with the diocese of St Albans, Celebrate 2nd Sunday in May as "Walk to church Sunday"
 5-13 May  UK  Global Investment Mobilisation
 21 May  Rogation Sunday
 23 May  Herford  Hereford Christian Ecology Group AGM, 7.30 pm, at St John's Methodist Church, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR.  All welcome.
3 June  Coventry Anabaptist/Green Christian conference: Is religion costing us the earth?
5 June World World Environment Day
9-11 June Beccles, Suffolk Green Christian Retreat at Ringsfield Hall, Beccles Dr Paul Maiteny of the Teilhard Association to lead it
11 June Lunar Lunch - Like the Big Lunch, but held after Sunset.
18-19 June The Big Lunch Community open air lunch.
 25 June - 1 July Les Courmettes, above the Côte d'Azur
Creation, Christian Faith and a Precious World” A partnership between The Faraday Institute and A Rocha France, and will include lectures, study sessions, practical activities and guided excursions, plus plenty of time for relaxation and solitude in the beautiful surroundings of the surroundings of Les Courmettes, a 600ha nature reserve in the mountains above the Côte d'Azur. Also visit the website for other activities and volunteer holidays in French and some in English during the year  
3-7 July Bron y Llys Mid /North Wales  "No Planet B" -residential Workshop/retreat  See flyer: No Planet B July 2017 Flyer Each day will typically begin with a talk & discussion, followed by a field trip and will end with reflection & prayer . Led by Dr John Bimson who has recently retired after 34 years as Tutor in Old Testament Studies at Trinity College, Bristol. He continues to teach modules there as a visiting lecturer, including environmental theology. Bron y Llys, Dylife, Llanbrynmair, Powys SY19 7BW, in Cambrian Mountais just south of Snowdonia National Park
23-26 July Oxford Fourth Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School - The Ethics of Fur - 23-26 July 2017, at St Stephen’s House, Oxford
  25-28 Aug  Kettering  Greenbelt 2017
  21-23 July  Hayes Conference Centre,  Swanwick,  Derbyshire National Justice and Peace Network Annual Conference 2017  in partnership with Church Action on Poverty, CAFOD, Caritas Social Action Network, Vincentians in Partnership, Operation Noah, Columbans JPIC: A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor:  The challenge of Pope Francis   SPEAKERS: Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund, working to mobilise churches around the world to become agents for change and equip them for integral mission. - Fr Peter Hughes SSC. has spent most of his life as a missionary in Peru, working in some of the most impoverished communities in Lima. He is an advisor to the Instituto Bartolome de las Casas, working in programmes of leadership and social justice. = Kathy Galloway is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and was leader of the Iona Community from 2002-2009. She is currently head of Christian Aid Scotland.  She is also a published poet, author and hymn writer. - Plus Poverty Hearings —hearing from those with direct experience of poverty. CONFERENCE CHAIR: Susy Brouard, Theology Programme Advisor for CAFOD since 2002. - CELEBRANT: Fr Sean McDonagh SSC, world-renowned eco-theologian. - BOOKING FORMS: Download, print off and send in by post: Booking Form (PDF) Download, complete and send as email attachment: Booking Form (Word Document)
 8-16 Oct  UK Climate Coalition Week of Action



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