Caring for Creation at #KandKOxford Summit

On the 15th of September between about 10:30 and 12:30 UK time, delegates from Kimberley and Kuruman Diocese and Oxford Diocese will join together to reflect on our Christian calling to care for creation.

The session will be led primarily by Canon Rachel Mash, the co-ordinator of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, with input from people involved with environmental work in both dioceses.

Follow #KandKOxford on the Friday to find out more – and use the hashtag to add your input to the discussions.

Season of Creation 2017

The Season of Creation – also known as ‘Time for Creation’ or Creationtide – is observed by Christians around the world from the 1st of September to the 4th of October. It’s a time to reflect on and respond to our calling to steward the earth. There are prayer resources on the Season of Creation website.

In addition:

In addition to local events, there are some online events gathering people together around the globe, including an online prayer service on the 1st of September, an online Taize service with the Archbishop of Canterbury, and a divestment announcement.

In our diocese, Canon David Hodgson, at All Saints, Wokingham, is writing a daily blog for Season of Creation: you can find that here.

To find events in our diocese, go to the events section.

Season of Creation Update

Our ‘Season of Creation’ update for September 2017 includes information about the Season of Creation resources, an introduction to Hope for the Future’s new workbook on talking with MPs, information about the forthcoming Kimberley and Kuruman/Oxford summit, Harvest resources, and a round-up of new campaigns and training opportunities.

Read it here

Social Justice Networking Event

Fair Play (part of the Summertown-Wolvercote Church Partnership) is hosting a Social Justice Fair on Saturday, 16 September.

For more information, look at the poster here

Hope for the Future Event: Talking with MPs about climate change

PARTNERING with other people in care for creation can be an important part of a church’s witness and outreach, a way of practically showing the love of God and neighbour. But how can we work effectively with partners in the community? And how can we build positive relationships with local politicians?

Recently in Oxford, Christians from different churches came together to think through these questions. In the morning Alice Hemming, coordinator of Oxfordshire’s Community Action Groups network, and John Clements, from the Parish of North Hinksey with Botley, spoke about the way in which community sustainability groups operate and how churches can start their own or get involved with them.

Inspired by examples like the Botley Community Fridge, participants brainstormed about activities their churches could undertake and community partners they might work with. In the afternoon, leading environmental charity Hope for the Future ran a session on how to build a constructive relationship with your MP. Using – for the first time – their newly published workbook, which brings together expertise gleaned from research and dozens of MP meetings, Director Jo Musker-Sherwood and Assistant Director Sarah Robinson discussed how parliament works, techniques that are effective in meetings, and how to continue a relationship beyond a single meeting.

The afternoon culminated in a role play exercise in which a group of participants planned and carried out a meeting with Jo standing in as their MP. The response to both sessions was enthusiastic.

If you’d like to find out more or want to receive a Hope for the Future workbook, contact the diocesan world development adviser

Working with the Wider Community

20 May, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Oxford, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Our care for creation offers opportunities for us to show our love for God in how we ‘practise what we preach’ in our churches and how we engage more closely with our community. In the morning, we’ll join with local community groups to focus on work together: Who are the groups in our area? What are they doing? What would community groups like to see from the churches? What do churches have to offer?

The afternoon will be led by Jo Musker-Sherwood of Hope for the Future. Hope for the Future is doing groundbreaking work on how churches can develop constructive relationships with local councillors and MPs to have positive discussions on local and wider environmental issues.

Creation Care: Theology, Spirituality and Mission

29 April, St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford, 10:00 am -1:00 pm

6 May, St Laurence, Reading, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Why do we care about creation? How do we ground creation care in our spiritual life? And how do we help others in our churches see creation care as part of our mission? Morning speakers will introduce different theological perspectives on creation care … then (Reading only) we’ll have a ‘taster’ session and workshops about spiritual disciplines relating to creation care (eg pilgrimage, prayer, sabbath).

In the late morning (Oxford) or afternoon (Reading), we’ll look in greater depth at our churches’ mission. In many churches there are people passionate about creation care. But how do we speak to more than a small group? Drawing on theology and on communications work by Climate Outreach and others, we’ll explore ways of speaking and taking action that help to engage communities and talk in groups about our own churches’ mission needs and priorities, and where creation care might fit.