Category: Dioceses

Environment Motion at General Synod

The Church of England’s General Synod voted overwhelmingly on 25 February 2019 to approve a joint motion from the Dioceses of London and Truro to step up the Church’s environmental programme, in response to the escalating threat of Climate Change. The decision committed the church to: prepare a plan to ‘for the promotion, co-ordination and …
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Petition: Cornwall Council Discussing Climate Change

From Pete Mulford in Cornwall via email: “I’ve created an online petition to support a motion regarding climate change that is being discussed by Cornwall Council on the 22nd Jan. Being online people can easily and quickly complete the petition. Obviously many more people need to sign for Cornwall Council to take notice of it. …
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Wells Eco Church conference, 30 March 2019

Save the date! Practical steps to help your church take care of God’s creation We know that the natural world faces multiple challenges, locally and globally from climate change, biodiversity loss, plastics, pollution …. and more. The bible tells us that ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it’ and that we are called …
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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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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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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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Penzance church shortlisted for Green Health Awards

St Pol de Léon, Penzance, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Church Times Green Health Awards. According to the citation, it “uses the natural environment of a churchyard to create a reflective multi-sensory haven of peace on the edge of the town in Cornwall. The garden is used by many groups including a children’s holiday …
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