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Christian leaders support Season of Creation

Press Release from the Conference of European Churches 13 June 2018 Brussels Christian leaders encourage participation in Season of Creation Joint message gives new impetus to ecumenical season of environmental protection This week Christian leaders signed a letter of support for the Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect the …
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Creating a buzz in Devon’s Churchyards: Workshop

The Bee Barn, Buckfast Abbey Buckfastleigh, Devon Saturday 15 September 9.30am – 12noon There has been a dramatic decline in bee populations which is the result of multiple factors such as loss of habitat, diseases and parasites, climate change and wider industrial agricultural practices. Churchyards are a haven for all types of bees: bumble bees, …
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Greetings for St. Rita’s day – patron saint of the impossible!

Question for us all: who on Earth am I? The matter of self-awareness and who we believe we are is probably the most critical, and yet frequently ignored of our lives. Generally speaking we do not think much about our identity and for most of the time are content to go with the social labels …
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A Service for Rogationtide

This year, Rogation Sunday is on 6 May. Rogationtide was originally about asking God (Latin – rogare – to ask) to bless the crops. Rogation Days are the three weekdays before Ascension Day, but many churches have observed Rogation on the preceding Sunday. Here is a simple idea for keeping Rogationtide, spotted on the Green …
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Greetings for Eastertide 2018!

Some people, including those of faith, say we need to care for Creation and look after the Earth.  But I am not sure that they are right!  In reality, the environment is well able to care for itself.  The (God-given) laws of physics, chemistry, biology, etc. ensure that life evolves healthily. Where there is a …
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Warm greetings for a freezing St. David’s day!

I sometimes have problems with religious language. Ironically, there are times when I feel the kind of words we use to describe ‘the Sacred’ can actually detract from their own purpose. The same happens with ‘green’ language. Environmentalism has its own idioms, phrases and jargon. The word environment actually means ‘the world or space around …
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Belated New Year greetings!

I’ve been an environmental activator and activist for over 40 years and have passionately campaigned on many issues including climate change, transport, food and energy. With others, I set up a student Eco-action recycling scheme in London as long ago as the early 1970s, and became absorbed in the political discussions around ‘Small is Beautiful’, …
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Happy Advent 2017!

‘We are living in a material world’, as the singer Madonna reminds us. Our human existence is a physical one – we are not disembodied spirits or floating souls.  Christianity is actually a very materialistic faith.  Its major tenets are that God creates the tangible universe with all its planets, minerals, energy and chemistry.  The …
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Devon ecochurch photos

We thought you’d like to see some photos of ecochurch-related activities around Devon…

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Happy Hallowmass (feast of All Saints)!

Speaking at a recent conference on Mental Health and Young People in Devon, psychologist Dr. Kate Middleton inspiringly encouraged participants to reflect on resilience for teenagers. Coping with challenge and change has maybe never been so difficult than in today’s world, so how can one adapt from the weathers of life and recover from adversity? …
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