Re Enchanting Nature – Saturday 22nd June

A Quiet Day to re-engage with the natural world and through prayer and contemplation to explore our response to the current understanding of the cosmos and the sense of the connectedness of all creation as experienced through Franciscan Spirituality.

The day will be led by Revd Liz Baker, Anglican Priest and Director of the Well Community and a trained Labyrinth Facilitator, drama and movement teacher. Liz has lived and worked at the Well since 2001 and is an Associate of the Society of the Sacred Mission and has a particular interest in the sacramental in the everyday.

Venue: The Well at Willen, nr Milton Keynes

Date: Saturday 22nd June, 10.00-4.00

Cost £15 (includes lunch)

Book by phoning the Well (MK 242190), or by emailing bookings@thewellatwillen.org.uk

via Milton Keynes Christian Environment Group

Oxfordshire Community Woodfuel Programme

Oxfordshire Community Woodfuel Programme has been started to help those managing woodlands and those wanting to fuel their community.

The programme aims to help local communities connect with their local environment and local energy supply, and understand the productive nature of woodlands, as well as increase supply and demand for woodfuel. As a result the aim is to reduce carbon footprints, improve biodiversity, and reduce ‘fuel miles’.

Find out more, including details of their ‘Logs for Labour’ scheme via the website: Oxfordshire Community Woodfuel Programme.

2013: A year of food – Food Matters

Food Matters is a new project from the Diocese of Oxford to help churches reconnect with the seasons, celebrate festivals, and explore global and local food related themes.

Food Matters starts with a launch event from 7.30pm on 24 January in Oxford when four exceptional people – Roy Lambourne (farmer and agricultural consultant); Mike Rayner (priest and public health expert); Ruth Valerio (theologian, author and activist); and Paul Valentin (international director of Christian Aid) will speak about “What Food Means to Me.”

Please do join us for this event – details and registration at: www.foodmatters.org.uk/launch-event/

We’re also asking people to share what food means to them as Christians. See what others have said and add your thoughts on the Food Matters website at: www.foodmatters.org.uk/what-does-food-mean-to-you/

Join the Food Matters mailing list to receive an email about the first Food Matters resource at the end of January called “Preparing the Ground” and focussed on winter. Three further resources will follow in the year –  ideas for celebrating festivals and with opportunities to reflect; to pray; to “grow your own”; to share local and global stories; and to take action for a fairer food system for all.

Find out more and join the Food Matters mailing list at www.foodmatters.org.uk.

 

Shared World Environmental Initiative – Slough

Burnham and Slough Deanery Climate Concern group are working with the Slough Faith Partnership on the Shared World Environmental Initiative. The project is encouraging local action on the environment across faith communities. Called Shared World, it aims to bring people together in a shared space as a focus in making decisions towards a practical and local expression of our responsibility towards our shared environment. The following events are planned:

  • First public evening of the ‘Shared World’ initiative at 6pm on Saturday 10 November 2012 at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Stoke Road, Slough, SL1 5AS
  • 2nd Shared World Forum on Friday 23rd November at 7pm at The Centre Farnham Road

For further details contact Bob Saunders LLM using the form below: [contact-form to=’bob23@btinternet.com’ subject=’Contact via Earthing Faith website’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Gardening against the Odds award

The Conservation Foundation and the Sunday Telegraph have launched the 2012 Gardening Against The Odds Awards, which celebrate those
inspirational people  who create beauty in the face of physical or psychological difficulties,  or an inhospitable environment.

To enter the awards, visit the Conservation Foundation website by Monday 17th September.

www.conservationfoundation.co.uk

Earthing Faith Gathering – 8 November 2012

 What does it mean to care for the earth in our current climate?

An evening to explore theology and the environment with reflections from Margot Hodson and response from Mark Laynesmith.

  • Revd. Margot Hodson is author of Cherishing the Earth and Vicar of the benefice of Haddenham
  • Revd. Mark Laynesmith is the Anglican Chaplain at the University of Reading

When: 7-9pm, Thursday 8 November 2012

Venue: The Village Centre‎, High Street, Chinnor, Oxfordshire OX39 4DH – map

* UPDATE *

The recordings from the gathering are now available to download or listen to online using the player below:

Download: Mark Laynesmith – mp3
Download: Margot Hodson – mp3

Earthing Faith’s Cloudcasts on Mixcloud

 

The Oxfordshire Sustainability and Conservation Awards

Is your Oxfordshire-based school or community group currently running an environmental project? Are you reducing or recycling waste, saving energy or enhancing biodiversity? If so, you can enter the OSCA!

The Oxfordshire Sustainability and Conservation Awards, is a competition which aims to showcase all the great environmental work that’s been taking place in Oxfordshire. The deadline for entries is Friday 20 July.

Find out more at: The Oxfordshire Sustainability and Conservation Awards