Earthing Faith Gathering – 14 June 2012

You are invited to the Earthing Faith network Gathering on Thursday 14th June 2012 at Trinity Church, Earley in Reading.

The focus of the gathering will be projects and church buildings, with short presentations from people behind a number of church projects from the diocese, as well as from Natalie Merry, the DAC Secretary and responsible for helping and advising churches on alterations and renovations to their buildings.

The gathering is a space for sharing stories from projects around the Diocese of Oxford, and there will be an opportunity for everyone to share what they are doing, as well as space for prayer and reflection.

Please do join us – everyone is welcome. Refreshments served.

Where: Trinity Church, Earley in Reading (RG6 5HZ – map website)

When: 7pm until 9pm, Thursday 14th June 2012

Register: Please help us plan by registering to say you intend to join us.

Click here to complete the online registration form (includes lift share details) – alternatively rsvp via Facebook.

Share: The gathering is an opportunity to share with one another and it would be great if you could:

Share a favourite book – bring a favourite book or two on a Earthing Faith theme to share (you can print these slips to fill in and insert in your book)

Share your project – if you are involved in a project, or have a dream for a project, bring a leaflet/poster about it to share.

 Not able to come? It would be great to see you or someone from your church – please use the share buttons below to help spread the word.

Questions or something to share?  If you have questions or something to share at the gathering please use our contact form or call 01865 208745.

Museum from the Future – 1st, 2nd & 4th June

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that ordinary people can change the world…

The year is 2042. Discover the car: legendary machine that nearly ruined our planet – but didn’t because people like us kicked the petrol addiction.
Ever wonder how we achieved the sustainable society that we are lucky enough to live in now? Step back in time to 2012 to discover where it all began.
Introducing: ‘Museum from the Future’ a pop-up exhibition with real artefacts from the bygone motoring age, an interactive history of the downfall of the car, and a programme of events exploring Oxford’s role in the global transition to a post-oil, post-car world.
Featuring all your favourite bicycle technology such as bike-chariots, bike-cinema, bike-sound systems and more.
Tours run on the hour – or peruse at your pleasure!

WHEN: June 1st, 2nd, & 4th – Museum open from 10am until late (check the Programme of Events page for details of evening activities)

WHERE: Arts at the Old Fire Station, located at 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ.
Museum from the Future –

Chinnor Goes Wild – 22-24 June 2012

Join the A Rocha Chiltern Gateway Project for a fun filled weekend in Chinnor, Oxfordshire.

From Friday 22nd June at 4pm join the team with your tents and enjoy a summer camp with BBQ and songs.

On Saturday 23rd, join the team for a dawn chorus walk through the stunning Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and after breakfast see what is going on at the Local Produce Fair in the Village centre. Come and make a major sized bug house for those creepy crawlies, our engaged Hedgehog and our special Chiltern Slow Worms on Saturday evening and come and listen to ‘Bat’s in the Belfry’ where you can go and explore for yourself the bats of Chinnor.

Sunday will conclude with a celebration at St Andrew’s Church.

The weekend will have lots to do for all the family.

For more information visit the Chiltern Gateway Project events page

To contact the team behind the weekend contact Ian Swaffield.

Oxfordshire youth representative for UN Earth Summit needs your support

Claire Morris, 23, from Abingdon, is one of over 100 young people from around the world competing for a Date With History. Each person, between the ages of 13 and 30 has entered a video, a vision of “The Future We Want”, which is the theme of the UN Summit. 20 years ago, a young 12-year-old girl from Canada silenced the world for 5 minutes with her speech to world leaders and negotiators of 192 UN member states.  Now Claire is in the running to do the same.

With your votes here and now, for Claire’s vision, we could be listening to a voice from Oxfordshire addressing the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio next month.

Claire has been part of the World Council of Churches Youth for Eco-Justice programme, and is an active member of the global Major Group of Children and Youth to the UNCSD, so she is well-informed and well-placed to speak for youth all over the world, and make sure that everyone’s priorities are included. She also travelled on the African Youth Climate Justice Caravan last November, so she has experienced Climate Change firsthand, and lived alongside impacted communities. Claire needs to be in the top 6 number of votes to get to the jury stage of the competition, so your vote counts.

The voting closes on Sunday May 6th, so please vote now!

Claire is also continuing to support young people she met in Africa… and this week, launched an ambitious crowd-sourced fundraising campaign to fund travel expenses for Njideka from Nigeria, Alpha from Kenya and James from Malawi to travel to the World Youth Congress and the Earth Summit in Rio. The vision is to get 200 donations of $20 (£15) in 2 weeks, from people in developed countries all around the world, so it is not only young people from Europe and America who will have the opportunity to defend their future in Rio.

Make a donation and find out more at

The Village and its Church – 21 June 2012

A workshop and training event for people caring for village churches

Thursday June 21st 2012 – 10am for 10.30 to 3.30pm

With Jill Hopkinson, National Rural Officer; Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings and Revd Maggie Durran

The day’s topics include:

  • Building relationships with village residents
  • How to find out what local people want
  • Maintaining your Church
  • How to fundraise for repairs
  • St Nicholas Church, Cuddington
  • Managing a building project
  • Developing facilities in the church
  • Local fundraising

Price £30 per person – advance booking only

At St Nicholas Church, Upper Church Street, Cuddington, Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 0AU

Easy access from A418 Aylesbury/Thame and from Haddenham & Thame rail station, taxis may e booked in advance – ask us for info.

Disabled accessible.

For further details and booking forms, please contact: Revd Glyn Evans using or  Diocesan Rural Officer, Chellmscote Cottage, Brailes, Banbury OX15 5JJ

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Historic Buildings Seminar – 17 May 2012

This intensive seminar will provide delegates with advice for improving the energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of historic buildings with reference to recent energy reduction works to the front Quadrangle at All Souls College, Oxford, built in 1438.

Subjects covered:

• Assessing problems & opportunities for carbon reduction in historic buildings

• Creating an energy model & testing options for carbon savings

• How to satisfy the conservation officer

• Techniques for surveying & analysing heat loss in historic structures

• The do’s and dont’s of improving energy efficiency

• What you can reasonably expect to achieve

• Lessons learned – A clients perspective

Speakers: Dr Sarah Beaver – All Souls College, Nick Worlledge – Oxford City Council, Philip Waddy – West Waddy ADP, Willem Postema – RSK Building Services and Sebastian Fielding – Vector Design Consultancy Limited

Date: Thursday 17 May 2012

Timing: 4:00 – 4:30pm Registration, tea and coffee (Saskatchewan Room); 4:30 – 6:30pm Seminar (Saskatchewan Room); 6:30 – 7:00pm Drinks, canapes and networking (Rector’s Drawing Room)

Venue: Exeter College, Oxford

Charge: £25 per person inc VAT to cover costs

Click here to download the registration form (PDF)


Whose Earth? – June 2012

In June Whose Earth? will be taking place at 6 venues across the UK to explore how Christians can live on God’s earth God’s way today.

In 1992 the world’s biggest ever political gathering – the Rio Earth Summit – marked one of the first times that world leaders met to discuss the environment. Twenty years later, they’re meeting again for Rio+20 to see how well they’ve done – and how much more they need to do.

Organised by A Rocha, Tearfund, New Frontiers and Jubilee+ the Whose Earth? events will examine Christian responses to environmental issues, including:

  • the Bible basis
  • the science behind the issues
  • how we can all play a part in responding, including calling on decision-makers to act to eradicate poverty in a way that protects the environment

Speakers include Dave Bookless (A Rocha International), Ruth Valerio and Andy Lester (A Rocha UK), Elaine Storkey and Matthew Frost (Tearfund).

For full details see the flyer – Rio+20 A5 flyer

Events nearest to those in the Diocese of Oxford include:

Oxford – Wednesday 13th June at St Aldate’s Church, Oxford 13 June 40 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP

With speakers:
Dr Elaine Storkey, President of Tearfund,

Martin Hodson, Operations Manager, John Ray Initiative,

Andrew McCracken, UK Director, Tearfund

South West London – 20th June at St Stephen’s Church, Twickenham

The speakers at this event will be:

Dave Bookless – Advisor for Churches & Theology, A Rocha International

Martin Hodson – Operations Manager, John Ray Initiative

David Bainbridge – International Director, Tearfund

Map for finding venue.

Central London – 21 June at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London
The speakers at this event will be:

Dave Bookless – Advisor for Churches & Theology, A Rocha International

Andy Lester – Conservation Director, A Rocha UK

Matthew Frost – Chief Executive, Tearfund

Map for finding venue.

All events start at 7.30pm and will include free refreshments.