Author Archives: Exeter

UN Climate Change Summit

Please remember the United Nations COP24 Summit taking place in Katowice, Poland from 3-14 December, needing to make critical decisions about Climate Change action in the face of enormous scientific evidence. The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change could well be its last to have any significant impact on the world …
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Happy Advent 2018!

This is my final mailing in the Devon Churches Green Action and EcoChurch Southwest series as I step back to retire in a few weeks’ time. Its origins were in a news bulletin which began as a paper circulation in the 1990s under the title ‘Creation, Community and Church’ and gradually evolved into a monthly …
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Christianness

The late teacher and theologian John Hull used to say our earlier forebears lived through the era of Christendom with its emphasis on Church power and authority. Then, following the Industrial Revolution, came the time of Christianity – the expansion of the faith system across the globe stressing proclamation and praise. But now, he insisted, …
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Travelling Light this Christmas – being more and consuming less

Many of us would like to get to Christmas feeling full of energy and a great sense of fulfilment, but instead we arrive absolutely frazzled, and it loses all meaning for us. This Advent and Christmas, our friends at Discovering Prayer are running a programme called ‘Travelling Light’. It’s a series of guided Christian prayer …
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Funding via Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme

Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme could help churches help their clergy and parishioners making homes more energy efficient and keep on top of their bills. Energy Saving Trust distributes payments to charities from energy companies who have breached rules. About the fund The amount of funding available through the scheme varies throughout the year and …
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Happy All Saints!

In the middle of the 17th Century French philosopher René Descartes challenged us to think about our thinking! In particular, he divided life between the things we can quantify and measure (mathematics, logistics, etc.) and the things we cannot (superstition, religiosity, and so on).  In the course of time this focus of thought enabled the …
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Global Warming of 1.5°C

The recent report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that the planet would reach the crucial 1.5°C warming as early as 2030 under current greenhouse gas emission levels, risking wildfires, extreme droughts, floods, and serious famine. There is nothing new in this, but it’s a sobering call for more radical and urgent action …
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How to divest from fossil fuels

Following the Church of England’s fossil fuel divestment vote in July, Operation Noah is inviting local churches of all denominations to make divestment commitments. They say: Fossil fuel companies cannot continue with ‘business as usual’ if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. The institutional Churches say they believe in ethical investment. They also …
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An Urgent Cry for Ecological Justice

Bishops, women and youth leaders of the Anglican Communion Environment Network (ACEN) have recently met and issued this important global statement on Climate Change. An Urgent Cry for Ecological Justice: Reclaiming the Gospel Imperative for All Creation We, bishops, women leaders and young leaders, united by a passion for climate justice, gathered during the Season …
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Greetings for St Francis week!

To understand the books of the Bible it is important to understand the context in which they were written. In my view it is not satisfactory to superficially interpret verses without grasping something of the background as to why they were written and for whom. If we are not careful we read our own situation …
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