Category: Issues

Some resources for a sustainable Lent 2019

Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent 2019 is on Wednesday 6th March. A reflection a week Sustainable preaching is for people who are preaching, praying or simply wanting to reflect on Sunday’s lectionary readings. Each week a different writer reflects on the principal Sunday readings from the Revised Common Lectionary through the lens of …
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Ash Dieback Toolkit from the Tree Council

You may remember Dutch Elm Disease…… Ash Dieback will be ten times worse. Many churchyards have old ash trees and probably lots of ash regeneration. Many Dioceses leave it up to individual churches on whether to use herbicides etc. The result in Devon, for example, is not satisfactory. The Tree Council has just launched its …
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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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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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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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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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