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St Wenn, Diocese of Truro – shared biomass boiler with under-floor heating

In St Wenn, Cornwall, the Church and School shared a biomass heating project. First steps – what’s needed? Planning for this project was comprehensive and inclusive – and it took some long time! St Wenn Church Council (PCC) involved church members, the head teacher and governors, together with – critically – the wider community. Churchwarden, …
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Happy Creationtide 2017!

Many English people do not appear to be too media-literate. We do not read beneath the words or images presented to us, nor think about the intentions of those who communicate with us. We take too much at face value and do not appreciate the deeper or more complex subtleties of what we are being …
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Greetings for July and August – and Happy St. Benedict’s day!

One of the common questions asked in my area of work is why Christians and other religious people ought to be concerned about the environment. So here are a few reflections on this. Why should people of faith be engaged with the Earth and ecological matters? For those who believe this physical existence is merely …
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Happy Summertime!

So, have the results of the General Election been good for the environment?! On the face of it, the Green Party did not gain ground, issues of ecological sustainability did not seem high on candidates’ agendas and Britain now has an Environment Secretary who is not exactly known for his green credentials. Is the outlook …
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Maytime and Eastertide greetings!

Five years ago the Diocese of Exeter submitted plans to construct six small-scale wind turbines on its land in three different parishes in north Devon.  These were part of an overall strategy for the Church of England in Devon to reduce its Greenhouse Gas carbon emissions.  In the event the planning applications were withdrawn amidst …
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Thoughtful greetings for Holy Week!

We are living at a crossroads when an emphasis on the common wealth or common good is being replaced by an uncertain and dubious individualism. I have spent the last 35 years of my life and ministry struggling against ‘social evils’ and the forces of reaction. I have collectively engaged in activities promoting greater compassion …
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Ash Wednesday greetings!

Probably one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is ‘who we think we really are’. Our self-identity is an issue that runs through human history and is found in the works of poets, artists, theologians and psychologists – to name but a few. Who we believe we are is of course influenced …
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Greetings for February!

Two contrasting forces have shaped human evolution and resulted in the kind of people we now are.  One has been the pull of competition – the need to establish zones of control and hierarchy to establish patterns of dominance in the struggle for survival. The other has been the move towards co-operation – mutualism, symbiosis, …
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New Year greetings for 2017 of the Common Era!

In recent years politicians and decision makers around the world have been drawn to appealing to the human emotions of fear and hatred for their backing and support. It is clear that motivations such as ‘tribalism’ (expressed in prejudicial racism, sexism, nationalism, etc.) and ‘desire’ (culminating in global consumerism) have been woven into political discourse …
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Advent greetings for 2016!

A time for anticipation and expectancy, yet at a time of immense global challenge as we move out of the hottest year on record and towards a changing political landscape in 2017. Maybe Christmas in today’s world really highlights our personal and social choices and priorities, especially when it comes to human well-being and fulfilment. …
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