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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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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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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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Living the change – Make your commitment to sustainable living

Time for change – and to live the change. Humanity stands in front of the greatest challenge ever today. How shall we live together on this planet without destroying the possibilities for future generations? We have listened to the scientists that are clear – we are jeopardizing the ecosystems of the planet. The political will …
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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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