During the past decade, we have heard much about the ecological crisis facing our planet and how we, as Christians, need to take action. But what kinds of actions should we and our churches be taking? How do we get going on environmental issues?

This is precisely the question which Jo Rathbone addresses in her work as project co-ordinator of Eco-Congregation in England & Wales. We are delighted to have Jo, who is also a member of the Anabaptist Network steering group, lead us in this day of reflection on the practical implications of an appropriate Christian response to environmental issues.

Jo will begin this interactive day by laying some of the theological foundations as to why creation care is part of who we are as human beings, and part of our discipleship. Then participants will apply this to their own circumstances, helped by Jo’s stories of what churches are doing up and down the country. Jo will get people thinking about what they can do in their church situation to address environmental issues: in worship, in practical things to do with church management, and in the context of mission (locally and globally).

Jo will end the day by looking at a Jesus-centred shalom-based vision for the future: How can the churches take a lead in addressing the massive social changes that will arise over the next generation as a result of the end of oil? Will the churches be able to provide a moral steer on how our communities cope?

Fee: £20 (£10 unwaged)
Fee includes VAT and meal
C-C Seminar No 309

Recommended Reading: The Moral Climate by Michael Northcott; Soil and Soul by Alistair MacIntosh; Planetwise by Dave Bookless.

Jo Rathbone, who lives in Coventry with her husband and two daughters, is project co-ordinator of Eco-Congregation in England & Wales. She is also involved with Christian Ecology Link (a national Christian environmental organisation) and her local World Development Movement group, where she campaigns on global issues.

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