Ecocide talk by Nina Owen and more – 5th June 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry in Oxford are marking 2013 with an ‘Earthing Faith’ theme. They are running events and activities to ‘help us to reflect on God through our connection as human beings with all of nature’.

On World Environment day, Wednesday June 5th 2013, starting at 8pm Nina Owen, an Earth Lawyer will be speaking on her work around ‘ecocide’.

See list of events below – for latest see: www.hthq.org.uk

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Outside in Nature gathering – Saturday May 25th 2013

Louise Rickard from Holy Trinity Headington Quarry is hosting some ‘Outside in Nature’ gatherings. The next one is on Saturday May 25th they meet at 10am – 1300 at Dry Sandford Pit nature reserve. The focus of this month’s gathering will be on authentic dialogue.

She says:

This gathering is ecumenical and open to all who have an interest in nature connection and spirituality; of whatever faith or none. Come with kindness and curiosity and respect for one another and the nature all around us; and bring with you an attitude of experimentation, playfulness and readiness to connect with nature.

Please bring clothing suitable for being outdoors the whole time, something to sit on (newspaper in a plastic bag is fine), a flask of tea/coffee if desired; a poem or prayer you wish to share related to the theme of real and authentic dialogue, and showing up in conversations.

The reserve is located 2.5 miles north-west of Abingdon, in Cothill village, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6JW.
Map reference: SU 4674 9953.
We will meet in the reserve car park (In Cothill village 100m west of Honeybottom Lane – Church Lane junction turn left into surfaced car park) ready to go at 10am.

For more information or questions contact Louise@lonepine.eu, 0796 423 9211, while you don’t need to confirm attendance – it can be useful as we will then know to expect and wait for you (– and how many cookies to bake!)

Please do try and car share if possible!

– Note that all outdoor activities carry a certain risk of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.

Earthing Faith Gathering – 7.30pm on 6th June 2013

Earthing Faith Gathering - 6th June

The Earthing Faith gathering on 6th June, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, will introduce the idea of ‘Forest Church’ and explore how we might nurture expressions of this way of being church in our local areas and hear from those already running such groups.

The ethos of Forest Church is a fresh expression in nature, and draws on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places.

Moments of wonder and awe are important sources of spiritual growth and they often occur in nature. The idea of Forest Church is to embrace this and provide spaces for us to connect and journey with God in nature. There are a number of Forest Church groups already meeting across the country and Bruce Stanley, who will be with us for the evening, has written a book called Forest Church: A Field Guide to Nature Connection For Groups and Individuals (details of book here).

Join us for the evening to explore, practice and discuss the ideas. Hear from others doing similar things. You might also want to discuss plans of how you might start your own Forest Church or incorporate into your church activities.

Venue: the evening will take place in Wytham Woods on the edge of Oxford and will be largely based outdoors.

Times: starting from 7.30pm until 9.30pm on Thursday, 6th June 2013

The evening is free of charge and open to anyone, but we do ask you to register using the form below – you will then be able to download the details for details of where to meet etc.

Please note: The evening activities will require walking in the woods and uneven surfaces so participants will need to be physically fit to walk in such terrain. Undercover facilities will mean the event will happen whatever the weather – so participants will need to dress appropriately for all weather conditions.

The evening will follow a daytime retreat day at Wytham Woods that costs £22 and is limited to 25 places – for more details and to book for the day click here.

Questions? Contact Matt Freer, Diocesan Environment Officer.

A “Wild” Night of Climate Conversation – 7 – 9 pm, Wednesday 29 May

A “Wild” Night of Climate Conversation

7 – 9 pm, Wednesday 29 May

Holywell Music Rooms, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 3BN

To mark the release of George Monbiot’s forthcoming book “Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding”, the Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN) http://www.climateoutreach.org.uk are hosting an outstanding evening of enlightening discussions.  Not-to-be missed, this intimate book launch presented by George Monbiot and chaired by George Marshall, will delve into the fascinating depths of the hotly debated topics of Feral within the delightful surrounds of the historical Holywell Music Rooms.

COIN invites the audience to engage in a new and exciting perspective on climate change with one of the world’s leading environmental journalists and pioneers of modern thinking.

Rewilding is the mass restoration of the natural world.  George Monbiot will discuss how, by restoring habitats on land and at sea and bringing back fascinating and enthralling wildlife, we can not only throw destructive processes into reverse, but also radically alter the natural carbon cycle, reducing greenhouse gases in unexpected and remarkable ways.

Limited tickets priced at £12/10 (concessions) are available from: http://shop.newint.org/uk/monbiot-feral-launch-normal-ticket.html

The Village and its Church – Tuesday June 4th 2013

A workshop and training event for people caring for village churches.

The day’s topics include:

  • Building relationships with village residents
  • How to find out what local people want
  • Managing a building project
  • Maintaining your Church
  • How to fundraise for repairs and for building developments Local fundraising

With:

  • Revd Maggie Durran – Consultant and writer http://www.maggiedurranconsulting.co.uk/
  • Alison Webster – Social Responsibility Adviser, Diocese of Oxford
  • Hugh Conway Morris – Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings
  • Chaired by Revd Canon Glyn Evans DL – Diocesan Rural Officer, Diocese of Oxford

Where: St Peter and St Paul, Church Street, Deddington, Oxon 0X15 0SA

When: 10am for 10.30 to 3.30pm, Tuesday June 4th 2013

Cost: £30 per person (In order to keep the cost of the day to the minimum, please bring your own packed lunch.
Tea and coffee will be provided during the day)

For further details and to book download the flyer: The Village and its Church.pdf

Home – A Rocha’s Resource Pack

A Rocha’s 2013 Environment Resource Pack for churches is now available from arocha.org/resources. The pack contains a flexible service order (suitable for adult and all-age worship), sermon, group Bible study, prayers, children’s resources, songs, ideas for further activities, and a presentation on coral reefs as home to many marine species.

This is what A Rocha says about the theme:

Where is your home? Many Christians have been taught that our ‘real’ home is in heaven. Yet, the Bible actually says that God’s home will be with humanity (Revelation 21:3), and God calls us to put down roots and bear good fruit in the places where we’ve been planted. A Rocha’s 2013 Environment Resource Pack on Home provides resources for churches to celebrate their local area – the human and wildlife communities they share it with – and to seek ways to be involved in caring for their homes.

The pack is designed to be used on Environment Sunday (7 June 2013), at Harvest, Creation Time, or any other suitable occasion.

Download it for free at arocha.org/resources