Author Archives: Exeter

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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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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Joyous Creationtide 2018!

One of the benefits of ‘Creationtide’ is to free us from the trappings of the world of stuff! We are so surrounded by the excesses of global consumerism, that our possessions possess us. This is idolatry at its worst – the power of pleasure disconnecting us from the power of love. So, in this season …
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Summer greetings on St. Thomas’s day!

All relationship with God is through the Earth. We are not floating spirits or disembodied entities drifting through nebulae. As human beings we are ‘earthlings’ created and born through the physical world. We are composed of minerals, bacteria, chemicals, water and air. Every one of us breathes and exists through the generosity and hospitality of …
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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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