Ordinary Christians, Extraordinary Times
We are responsible for our impact on God’s creation as a whole. CEL helps members to understand and relate these responsibilities to their faith. Members can then encourage others in their local church to think seriously about these issues. CEL was formed in 1981, and formally constituted in 1982 and supports Christians from all backgrounds and traditions.
- Offers insights into ecology and the environment to Christian people and churches.
- Offers Christian insights to the Green movement
Operation Noah (encouraging a Christian response to climate change). CEL did much of the work in setting up Operation Noah on behalf of CTBI. Operation Noah is now a separate organisation.
CEL is entirely dependent on Membership subscriptions and donations.
Each year CEL has to submit Financial Accounts, Independent Examiner’s Statement and a Report from the Trustees for the past year to the Charity Commission and to Companies House.
CEL welcomes donations towards the cost of office work, organising meetings, the website and especially towards the cost of publication of materials, leaflets and postage for use at events, schools etc.
Please consider donating online
In some parts of Britain there are local CEL groups. To find out if there is one near you, or visit our local groups page or get in touch with our Local Groups Contact (see below)
CEL Chairman in 2012 is Paul Bodenham
The Information Officer is Jo Abbess, to whom most email questions should be sent.
Editor of Green Christian: Chris Walton
Local Groups Contact: Isobel Murdoch, tel 01790 763603
Web Editor: Judith Allinson
At present the vast majority of the work in CEL is carried out unpaid. CEL has a Steering Committee of 12 people which meets at least three times a year, and has three telephone conference calls between meetings. Our AGM is usually in November. Some members help on a regular basis with membership, distribution of resources, proof reading, website and prayer diary. Other members contribute by helping produce material for topic leaflets; by organising events; by taking CEL display posters and leaflets to local events and national events such as Greenbelt; and in many other ways. We always welcome offers of help.
Much of CEL’s administrative work is divided between three teams:
Challenge: – i.e. activities, campaigns and events – (Chair George Dow)
LOAF, ecocell, Annual Members Meeting and Conference, Prayer Community, Retreat, Climate Service.
Creative: – i.e Design, media, (Chair Paul Bodenham)
exhibitions, leaflets, Green Christian, Storm of Hope, web design.
Community – i.e. Membership database, accounts (Chair Barbara Echlin)
localgroups, links with other organisations.
Meet the 12 members of CEL’s Steering Committee plus CEL’s Information Officer, Jo Abbess who also attends Steering Committee meetings.
|Steering Committee Members|
|People (apart from Paul, the chair) are in reverse alphabetical order:-
Paul Bodenham (Steering Committee Chair)
Chris Walton (Chaplain and Editor of Green Christian)
Poppy Pickard (Web Designer)
Eleanor Orr (CEL Treasurer)
Tony Emerson (Ecocell coordinator)
Barbara Echlin (Steering Committee Secretary)
Judith Allinson (Web Editor)
Jo Abbess (Information Officer)
|Rt. Revd. James Jones
Fr. Sean McDonagh
|Prof. Sir Ghillean Prance
Dr. Elaine Storkey