Earthing Faith Gathering – 27 Feb 2014

Developing an eco-friendly parish: a resource evening for churches in Oxfordshire

In 2014 Earthing Faith gatherings will bring people together to showcase resources to help churches explore environment related issues in a parish, with a particular focus on resources for worship.

EF_Oxf_gathering_327The Oxford gathering took place on Thursday 27th February at New Road Baptist Church, and included an introduction by the Bishop of Oxford, which was followed by showcasing of resources churches have found useful and examples of how they are approaching environment issues. We heard about:

  • Running an “Earthing Faith Year” at Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry (Rev Tim Stead).
  • Resources for parishes from A Rocha (Chris Parkman)
  • Christian Aid’s Climate Justice campaign and how parishes can get involved (Jess Hall)
  • An update on the Food Matters project and how to use the seasonal resource guides this year (Maranda St John Nicolle)
  • Plans to make St.Clements Church, E Oxford, more energy efficient and welcoming, as well as the Eco-congregation initiative (Clare Newgass)
  • Fossil Free Oxfordshire’s disinvestment campaign (Karl Wallendszus)

Slides from the above presentations are available below.

The gathering closed with an act of worship written (click here to download pdf of worship) and led by Rev Tess Ward and Susie Stead.

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Missed this one? There will also be similar gatherings on Thursday 1st May 2014 with the Bishop of Reading at St Nicholas, Earley, Reading – and on Thursday 9th October 2014 with the Bishop of Buckingham in Aylesbury.

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