Sabbath Reflections: Capitalism and Inequity versus a Gospel Mandate

‘Sabbath Reflections: Capitalism and Inequity versus a Gospel Mandate’ is a 7-part reflection on the Sabbath by Bishop George Browning and published by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network. Bishop Browning explores the roots and meaning of Sabbath and how a fresh understanding and practice of this biblical concept can reconnect economics to ethics, and shape human society in a manner that is consistent with the creation upon which it depends.

‘At the beginning of the 21st century, does Christianity have a view about an ideal human society?’. Bishop George Browning responds to this question by reflecting that such a society must ‘address rapidly growing inequity and … confront an economic system which operates as if resources are infinite and that humanity can somehow exist as if it is not part of an unfolding ecological crisis.’

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Tree of Life Exhibition – 13th Feb – 20th March 2013


Dorchester Abbey is hosting a exhibition of paintings and series of talks under the title of Tree of Life until the 20th March.


The theme of the Tree of Life is explored by the artist Caroline Meynell in a series of thirteen paintings. The exhibition provides a contemplative space within the Abbey during Lent, and is the focal point of a series of Sunday evening talks.

The Tree, through its cycle of life, death and regeneration here becomes imbued with the journey through Lent — of life and death leading to the resurrection of Easter.

Programme of talks

Sunday 17th February 2013 at 6pm – Evensong followed by talk by the artist Caroline Meynell: Introduction to the exhibition ending with a meditation

Sunday 24th February at 6pm – Talk by Rt Revd Lord Harries of Pentregarth former Bishop of Oxford: ‘The suffering Christ in modern art” followed by Taizé Worship

Sunday 3rd March at 6pm – Opening Worship followed by talk by Revd Canon Prof Martyn Percy Principal Ripon College, Cuddesdon: ‘Spiritual Growth: Fields, Trees and Wisdom’

Sunday 10th March from 6—7pm – The Exhibition will be open for Meditation with Music and Candlelight in the Abbey

Sunday 17th March at 6pm Opening Worship followed by talk by Revd Emma Pennington Vicar of Garsington, Horspath & Cuddesdon, currently engaged in doctoral research on Julian of Norwich: ‘The Flowering Cross; medieval devotion to the Tree of Life’

All talks take place in the Abbey. No booking required

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The Stream of Life – Saturday 16 March 2013

‘The Stream of Life: Tributaries and trails of thanksgiving, vulnerability and radical choice.’ A Christian Ecology Link day of celebration and exploration with Philip Roderick, Director of the Quiet Garden Movement, Leader of Contemplative Fire, and Adviser in Spirituality, Sheffield Diocese.

The CEL 2013 Conference will take place in Leeds on Saturday 16 March – 11am to 5pm.

During the morning Philip Roderick willexplore with body, mind and spirit the relationship between God, nature and the human. He will draw from the Scriptures and from the deep insights of Eastern orthodox theologians and practitioners. In the afternoon there will be a choice of interactive workshops on nourishing our Christian environmental witness with:

  • Philip Roderick in prayer, contemplation and intercession;
  • David Hughes (Eco-congregation) in church life and buildings
  • Rev Adrian Alker (Chair of Ripon and Leeds Diocesan Environment Committee) in worship, liturgy and preaching.

Three more workshops will focus on experience and action on current debates:

  • Bill Cross (Askham Bryan Agricultural College) on agriculture
  • Rev Lindsey Pearson (Christian Aid, Yorkshire Region) and
  • Rev Andrew Pearson (Priest in Charge, Oulton with Methley) on world development and environment
  • Ruth Jarman (CEL climate change campaigner) on climate change.

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Spirit of the Environment Conference – Living sustainably with faith in our communities

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Spirit of the Environment Conference – Living sustainably with faith in our communities

Sunday, 10 March 2013 – 11:00am – 4:30pm
Venues: Turl Street Kitchen and Inner Space, Oxford City
Special event for Climate Week 2013. Organised jointly by the Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order Oxford, Oxford Quakers and Inner Space Oxford

A one day interfaith community conference to raise awareness about climate change and sustainable living, and explore new ways forward.

There will be a variety of speakers from different faiths who are involved in sustainability awareness or projects (including Rev Mark Laynesmith, Anglican Chaplain, Reading University), providing short ‘TED’ type talks, a vegetarian networking lunch, and a World Cafe style afternoon session with local groups and faith communities.

Organised by Oxford Quakers, the Brahma Kumaris and the Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order.

Advanced booking required

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SuperHomes Week – 16 – 24 March 2013

SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far fewer carbon emissions – at least 60% less! The SuperHomes Week is a chance to see eco renovation at its impressive best as the pioneering owners open their doors. Admission is free!


You could visit Zoë Williams and see how she has made a 93% carbon saving by a range of measures at her 1950’s bungalow in Stanford in the Vale.

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Threatened hedgehogs find churchyard home


A new survey, run by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) believes that our 10,000 churchyards could be natural homes for hedgehogs who are emerging from hibernation at this time of year. In the 1950s its estimated that there were 36 million hedgehogs in the country. Today the figure is less than a million with numbers declining by three to five percent each year.

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