New Creation Care Course
The Diocese of Oxford is joining with partners to present a new course supporting Christians who are engaged – or want to be engaged – in creation care. The course is in four sessions – read the descriptions below – and register for as many as you would like to attend! Some sessions are being given on two dates, once in Reading and once in Oxford. Anyone can attend either.
4 March, Oxford, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Too late! But we had a great time with Ruth, hearing her story and learning about Eco-Church. Make sure that you don’t miss the rest of the sessions …
29 April, St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford, 10:00 am -1:00 pm
6 May, St Laurence, Reading, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Why do we care about creation? How do we ground creation care in our spiritual life? And how do we help others in our churches see creation care as part of our mission? Morning speakers will introduce different theological perspectives on creation care … then (Reading only) we’ll have a ‘taster’ session and workshops about spiritual disciplines relating to creation care (eg pilgrimage, prayer, sabbath).
In the late morning (Oxford) or afternoon (Reading), we’ll look in greater depth at our churches’ mission. In many churches there are people passionate about creation care. But how do we speak to more than a small group? Drawing on theology and on communications work by Climate Outreach and others, we’ll explore ways of speaking and taking action that help to engage communities and talk in groups about our own churches’ mission needs and priorities, and where creation care might fit.
20 May, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Oxford, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
3 June, St Nicolas, Earley (Reading), 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Our care for creation offers opportunities for us to show our love for God in how we ‘practise what we preach’ in our churches and how we engage more closely with our community. In the morning, we’ll join with local community groups to focus on work together: Who are the groups in our area? What are they doing? What would community groups like to see from the churches? What do churches have to offer?
The afternoon will be led by Jo Musker-Sherwood of Hope for the Future. Hope for the Future is doing groundbreaking work on how churches can develop constructive relationships with local councillors and MPs to have positive discussions on local and wider environmental issues.