‘Joy in Enough’ conference – Saturday 7th November 2015, Bristol

Building on the success of our sell-out conference last year,

Green Christian is organising a day with two world-class speakers

to take further our ground-breaking Joy in Enough initiative.

Put the date in your diary now!

The economics of hope

Saturday 7 November 2015


Our keynote speakers

Molly Scott-Cato is Member of the European Parliament for South West England, and speaks for the Green Party on finance.  Previously a professor of economics at Roehampton University, she is the author of Green Economics (2009) and Environment and Economy (2011).

Jonathan Rowson is Director of the Social Brain Centre at the Royal Society of Arts, where he is conducting research on spirituality, neurology, social change and the environment.  With the RSA he has just published Spiritualise: revitalising spirituality to address 21st century challenges.

With escalating environmental loss, inequality and debt, our current economic model is in ‘system failure’.   We believe there is an alternative, and we dare to believe it can be realised.

As Christians, we are challenged from the roots of our faith to propose a new economic purpose – joy in enough for all, within Earth’s limits and in reverence for our own creaturehood.  But we must start by rescuing economics from its captivity.

We look to churches to create the social space in which sustainable economies can be constructed, setting the ‘dismal science’ free to become joyful art and sacred enterprise.

Join us to:

  • form a vision for an economy in which both people and planet will flourish
  • help the churches rethink their own mission and advocate for the alternative
  • stoke the debate with policies and stories which will make change happen.

The economics of hope takes place from 11am to 5pm on 7 November at St Michael’s Centre, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8PD, adjacent to Bristol Parkway station.

Visit www.greenchristian.org.uk/joy-in-enough for more information on the Joy in Enough project.

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Climate campaigning organisations made simple

I expect you know that 2015 is just a tad important for the climate.  The election in May and the UN climate talks in December need to be informed by science and justice, by wisdom and love.  On this page I’m going to try and make sense of the various groups trying to do that this year. On this page I will try to clarify what they are doing so you can choose what you want to get involved with.

cclogoGreen Christian is a member The Climate Coalition, a network of over 100 organisations with a combined membership of 11 million.

Their campaign for 2015 is For the love of…… They say: ‘For the love of all the things we care about, we’re taking climate change seriously. And we’re not alone.’

Twitter @theccoalition

Layout 1Operation Noah aims to provide a Christian response to climate change.  It was started by Green Christian 10 years ago.  In 2012 it launched the Ash Wednesday Declaration and its current campaigns are Pray and Fast for the Climate and the church disinvestment campaign, Bright Now  Twitter @operationnoah


Christian Climate Action is a new group looking to use creative and non-violent direct actions to speak truth to power on climate change.

hftfHope for the Future equips individuals, churches and groups to lobby their MP on climate change.
Twitter @HopeFTFuture


Green Christian is also a member of Faith for the Climate.  A network of the UK Christian climate-campaigning organisations: A Rocha UK, The Baptist Union, Christian Aid, Christian Concern for One World, Climate Stewards, Commitment for Life, Hope for the Future, Operation Noah, Our Voices, SPEAK, Tearfund, The Church of England and its Shrinking the Footprint Programme, The Methodist Church, The United Reformed Church.  They set up Pray and Fast for the Climate.

ourvoicesOurvoices.net is an all-faith response to the call from the UN for people of religious and spiritual faith to speak up and give the moral mandate for action at the Paris climate talks.

fastfortheclimateFast for the Climate is an international non-faith specific climate fast, inspired by the fasting of the commissioner to the Philippines, Yeb Sano, during the Warsaw climate negotiations in November 2013.

banner1e_7Green Christian also supports the Campaign against Climate Change which has organised annual climate marches since 2001. Twitter @campaigncc.





The Climate Outreach and Information Network is a ‘think and do’ tank which tries to be a bridge between the climate scientists and people and organisations.



the carbon brief

Carbon Brief reports on the latest climate news, in an easy-to-understand and science-based way, with a particular focus on the UK. They publish a daily and weekly email briefing.




skeptical science

Skeptical Science – getting skeptical about global warming skepticism.  The best place for good scientific rebuttals of climate misinformation.  It all has some great cartoons.2015Toon5

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This is the year to get active on climate change!

no planet b photoIf you’ve never been on a climate demo, this is the year to change all that!

Every day, more people are waking up to climate change. People across the world living – and dying – through drought, floods and forest fires know perfectly well that we have a problem, but those in power are mostly acting as if they hope it will all just go away.

We can all do things in our own lives to reduce our personal contribution to climate change, but if we really want to make a difference we need to get together and make democracy work.  In May we will be able to vote for the party we think will do the best job at protecting the future.  But we can start before then, by letting all politicians know that it is time to act.

On Saturday March 7th 2015, the Time to Act on Climate Change march will bring people together on the streets of London to demand real change and tell politicians seeking election that there is a mandate for climate-saving policies.

The march will start in Lincoln’s Inn Fields / Malet Street, setting off at 1pm and ending in Parliament Square.  There will be a church service preceding the march at 11-30, where coffee and toilets will be available from 10-30am.  Check the latest details here.

And on Wednesday June 17th there will be a mass lobby of parliament, telling the newly elected Government to do the right thing, to stand up to vested interests and make climate change their number one priority.  The Operation Noah website will have the details nearer the time.

2015 is a crucial year for the climate. In December, governments will come together in Paris to strike a new deal for the climate – these events are two ways we can make our voices heard.

I want our government to act on climate change. Not just to do something – but to do enough. This means investment not in new fossil fuels but in renewables. It means saving energy by insulating and a shift from cars to public transport. It means a dedicated workforce to create this infrastructure – one million climate jobs. And it means the UK supporting a global agreement to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.

Ruth Jarman

Photo credit: Garry Knight

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Rowan Williams to give Climate Change talk at Bristol Global Aware Conf 24 Jan

Global Aware 2015: Climate Change: A Matter of Faith?

 For the Love Of logo Sat 24 January 2015, 9:30-16:30 – Elim @ Bristol City Church & Conference Centre, Jamaica Street, Bristol



**   There will be a Green Christian Stall at this conference . Do visit the stall and find out about forming a Bristol Green Christian Local Group. Email for info   **


As part of Bristol Green Capital 2015 Global Aware Conference this year will focus on the pressing issue of climate change and how we as people of faith can respond through action in our churches and local communities and as individuals.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Rowan Williams, Chair of Christian Aid

Including voices and reflections from the Global South on the impacts of climate change and ideas and examples from Bristol on how we can respond as churches and individuals.

Draft programme:

9.30 Arrivals and Coffee
10.00 Introduction and worship (Pastor Pete Millward from Elim and then Dave Mitchell and Colse Leung from Woodlands)
10.15 Rowan Williams talk: Climate Change: A Matter of Faith
10.45 Q&A with Rowan Williams
11.15 Coffee break
11.45 Climate change Impacts: film from Uganda
11.55 Climate Change Impacts: Sudarshan Sathianan, Tearfund Head of Asia
12.20 The Climate Coalition
12.30 Influencing our politicians – Valerie Davey
12.45 Green Capital (including Green Churches)
13.00 Intro to lunch – Fareshare SW
13.05 Lunch
14.00 Intro to Market Place
Engaging with your Transition Towns movement – Bradford on Avon
Fairtrade for Sustainability
Live Simply Parish – CAFOD
Church Solar Panels – Easton Christian Family Centre
Growing Projects
Switching Energy Supplier – Ecotricity
Challenging Your Pension Provider – (Greenlight campaign)
Churches Divestment Campaign – Mark Letcher (Operation Noah)
Grandparents for a Safe Earth
Pray and Fast for the Climate
Lent Carbon Fast (David Maggs)
Green Christian
14.30 Open Space
15.30 Taking Action (including Green Churches)
16.00 Photo and pledge
16.10 Closing worship – led by Ray Viera
16.30 END

For details and how to book, visit http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/2015/events/global-aware-2015-climate-change-a-matter-of-faith/

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GC E-News 1: 1 Jan 2015

***   Best wishes for 2015   ***


1. CEL rebrand as Green Christian


2. Book now for ecocell workshop on Housing and Energy, 24 Jan, London
(Spaces likely to fill up before closing date.)

Three events:-

3. NVDA and the Gospel: an exploring and training day: 10 Jan
https://www.facebook.com/events/699307093479687 London

4. Bible and Biodiversity event: 21 Jan, London

5. 24 Jan at Bristol: Global Aware Conference 2015: Climate Change:
A Matter of Faith? – Keynote Talk by Rowan Williams.


1. CEL rebrand as Green Christian

Christian Ecology Link has a new name, Green Christian, starting from the 1st January 2015.

We have changed our name so that people will more easily understand our work supporting a positive Christian response to the environmental crisis.

‘Our new name has been chosen because it expresses what we are, a community of Green Christians offering insights into ecology and the environment to Christian people and churches’ said Paul Bodenham, Chair of Green Christian.  ‘Christian Ecology Link was formed in 1982 before the word Green was in common use to represent ecology and environmental issues. Including Green in our new name communicates the issues at the heart of our mission to help reconcile Church and creation.’

If you have a link to our website please check that it is to www.greenchristian.org.uk and NOT www.christian-ecology.org.uk

If you need a copy of our new logo it can be obtained from http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/new-logos

While old email addresses e.g. info@christian-ecology.org.uk will still work for a while, please use the new addresses e.g. info@greenchristian.org.uk


2. Book now for ‘ecocell’ workshop on Housing and Energy

What: Green Christian is holding another workshop in the ‘ecocell’ series on the topic of fairness for the grandchildren in housing, energy and everything else. We need to provide roofs over all our heads without damaging the global ‘roof’ that protects us from climate catastrophe.

Where: The event will be held at St Aloysius Church, 20 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1TA, just around the corner from Euston station.

When: Saturday 24 January, from 11am to 4.30pm.

Speakers: are Angus Hanson from the Intergenerational Foundation, Ann Morisy a freelance community theologian and writer, and Sibylle Mansour from Transition Town Brixton.

Who: The event is open to all and free, with donations on the day welcome. As space is limited it is necessary to book your place by 17 January. You can either email Tony Emerson at tony@greenchristian.org.uk or register your place on Eventbrite:


3. NVDA and the Gospel: an exploring and training day:
Christian Climate Action are holding a Non-violent Direct Action training day on Saturday 10th January in London from 10-30am to 6pm.  All are welcome.  For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/699307093479687/ or contact Ruth
Jarman at ruthj999@gmail.com.


4. Bible and Biodiversity London event 21 Jan:

“Bible and Biodiversity” Cambridge Paper London launch, 6.30pm, at 24
Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD. The Jubilee Centre, in partnership with A Rocha, warmly invite you to attend the public launch of their most recent Cambridge Paper exploring the Bible and Biodiversity, with Dave Bookless (A Rocha), David Nussbaum (WWF) and Simon Stuart (IUCN). The event is free but tickets are limited. Please book


5. 24 Jan at Bristol: Global Aware Conference 2015: Climate Change:
A Matter of Faith? – Keynote Talk by Rowan Williams.
Elim @ Bristol City Church & Conference Centre,


I wish you every success and perseverance in any New Year’s Resolutions you may be making.

Best wishes for 2015

Judith Allinson
Web editor



* GREEN CHRISTIAN – Support in greening your church and world.
Information and Resources (leaflets) available from
Email: info@greenchristian.org.uk
Telephone: 0845 459 8460.
Correspondence Address: 97 Plumpton Avenue, Hornchurch RM12 6BB.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChristianEcologyLink
Twitter: www.twitter.com/greenchristian_
Visit Green Christian’s website www.greenchristian.org.uk for: Daily prayer guide (produced monthly); UK Events List; Green sermon notes; Resources list; Useful links.

Green Christian works with churches and individuals in search of sustainable living, by running conferences, workshops and retreats. It sponsors the LOAF campaign (eco-friendly food production), ecocell groups (carbon footprint reduction) and the Joy in Enough initiative, and publishes magazines, pamphlets and leaflets giving information
about best environmental practice. Green Christian is a registered trading name of Christian Ecology Link. Company Reg. No. 2445198 Reg Charity No. 328744.

GC ecocell workshop on Housing and Energy, Saturday 24 January 2015,
London. Book now.
Green Christian Way of Life weekend, Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May 2015,
Ringsfield Hall, Beccles, Suffolk. Bookings now open

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CEL Rebrand as Green Christian

Green Christian is the new name for Christian Ecology Link, the Christian environment charity.

Christian Ecology Link has a new name, Green Christian.  The charity has changed its name so that people will more easily understand its work supporting a positive Christian response to the environmental crisis.

“Our new name has been chosen because it expresses what we are, a community of Green Christians offering insights into ecology and the environment to Christian people and churches” said Paul Bodenham, Chair of Green Christian.  “Christian Ecology Link was formed in 1982 before the word Green was in common use to represent ecology and environmental issues.  Including Green in our new name communicates the issues at the heart of our mission to help reconcile Church and creation.”

Green Christian is an interdenominational UK Christian organisation for people concerned about the environment.

For additional information, contact:

Amy Willshire, Information Officer

Green Christian

Tel: 0845 459 8460

Email: Info@greenchristian.org.uk”

Green Christian works with churches and individuals in search of sustainable living. It runs conferences, workshops and retreats, sponsors the LOAF campaign (eco-friendly food production), ecocell groups (carbon footprint reduction) and the Joy in Enough initiative, and publishes magazines, pamphlets and leaflets giving information about best environmental practice.

Green Christian members on retreat in North Wales

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A Green Christian Way of Life – GC Weekend Retreat May 29-31 2015

Bookings are now closed

The Gathering

The weekend will start on Friday evening with the evening meal at around 6.30pm.  After the meal there will be an introduction to the gathering which will focus on the four disciplines of what we can now call a ‘Green Christian Way of Life’

  • Daily prayer and devotions, eg by using the GC monthly prayer diary
  • Living gently on the earth, by adopting the GC leaflet ‘Nine Ways to live gently on the Earth’ as an integral element, sharing and accounting for the use of our resources e.g. using ecocell
  • Public action, with specific current and planned action for creation care through, perhaps, active involvement in local regional or national projects/campaigns
  • Accountability, meeting with and accounting to each other, perhaps by adopting a Soul Friend or through CELink (GC’s email discussion group for members)

This will be very much an exploratory weekend and people do not need to be committed to following the Way of Life to attend.

It will be a time of prayer and reflection, an exploration of a closer connection to the earth, nature and creation – and discussion about how the disciplines might be applied in our lives.

Together we will consider how those who commit to the Way can support and be accountable to each other and how this initiative should be – for want of a better word – administered – to ensure that Way of Life participants can easily contact each other and be kept up to date with developments.

Booking  (the Retreat is now fully booked)

The total cost for the weekend is £120, which includes a of deposit £30.
Please download and complete the booking form or booking form with description and send as an attachment to bookings@ringsfield-hall.co.uk or post to Green Christian Gathering, Ringsfield Hall, Beccles Suffolk, NR34 8JR. Questions to Chris on 07881941296

Ringsfield EcoActivity Centre

Centre Director: Dr Ross Ashley

Ringsfield hosts groups of all ages though our work focuses on children and young people with school trips during the week and church, family and faith groups at the weekend. We offer very many ecological and outdoor education programmes all of which are taught and experienced entirely outside. The grounds will be a part of the retreat. We aim to offer Creativity, Motivation, Inspiration and  Spirituality.

Brochures are available and you can visit: www.ringsfield-hall.co.uk

The House

The House does have rooms with bunk beds, but also many twin rooms. For this gathering we do have the use of a sister Retreat House just 4 miles away, Quiet Waters, which can provide further single and double rooms.

Community, good food (we are passionate about LOAF principles) and warmth always contribute to a successful gathering and those who know us will know Ringsfield provides just that.

Part of the being a community when you stay here is to do the washing up together after meals. All bedding is provided, but we do ask you to bring towels and soap etc.

Arrival and Departure

We look forward to welcoming you any time after 4pm on the Friday and the end of the weekend is the lunch on Sunday.

We can provide directions for those travelling by car (please ask, or look on the website) and we can provide a guided  3 mile walk from Beccles train station (this seems to happens every time GC comes here!) But for others if you let us know your time of arrival at Beccles train or bus stations we can arrange transport to Ringsfield.

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CEL past events follow:

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