Treasure in the Field : Spiritual capital and sustainable living – 10th March

Christian Ecology Link invite you to take part in our 30th anniversary day conference “Treasure in the Field : Spiritual capital and sustainable living”, to be held on Saturday 10th March 2012 between 11am and 5pm, at St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford, not far from Bristol Parkway train station.

CEL have invited a range of thought-provoking speakers and workshop leaders. The keynote speaker in the morning is Jonathon Porritt, founder of Forum for the Future, followed by Tim Gorringe, Professor of Theology at Exeter University.

Paul Bodenham, CEL’s chairman, explains the conference theme : “We are spending the natural capital on which our children depend – not to mention the other species in our trust. Whether oil, metal, water or nutrients, it’s time to leave it in the ground and become treasurers, not consumers, of the earth. That requires investing in the source of ultimate value: spiritual capital.”

In the afternoon, workshops will explore alternative ways of living leading to a sustainable future for our ravaged world. Tim Gorringe explores the contradiction of infinite growth on a finite planet and transition town thinking. Chris Sunderland from EarthAbbey reflects on the contemplative heart of environmental activism. Jeremy Williams from Breathe suggests a radical change in our consumerist culture is vital to any hope of a sustainable future. Edward Echlin argues small scale, biodiverse, organic food production is not only the best way food growing preserves soil and stabilises climate but is also the most productive. Mark Letcher explores low-carbon living in an overall context of faith. Jonathan Essex asks if democracy can deliver sustainability.

The conference tickets cost £15 (£10 for CEL members). Concessionary price of £5 is offered to students and young people under the age of 25.

Booking forms and further details can be found on http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/treasure

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