Can you help Green Christian and Greenbelt? 26-29 Aug

Greenbelt festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Boughton Park near Kettering.  Our exhibition stand is always been well supported by volunteers, and helps us to reach a receptive audience.  If you are planning to be at Greenbelt this year, and would like to give few hours alongside another GC volunteer, please email Paul Bodenham.  As our regulars will no doubt agree, it’s fun talking to people who care about the same things as us, but might not have thought about them.  The stall is set up on Friday afternoon and taken down on Monday evening, and offers to help then would also be very much appreciated.  Please get in touch if you can help, and more information will be sent through in a few weeks’ time.

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Some thoughts on the EU Referendum

(See also the more recent post on 18 July:- Green Christian Response to the EU Referendum)

The vote to leave the EU has come as a shock to many members of Green Christian.  Here are some comments by some of our members, plus an extract from a Press Release by CEC.  Feel free to add your own comments in the reply box at the foot of the page.

First a comment by Paul Bodenham, chair of Green Christian. Then various comments made, starting the day of the Referendum.

“Membership of the EU has made an incalculable contribution to Britain and its part in the world.  Its covenants of protection for the environment have made us better people.  For all its shortcomings it has held a vision of a responsible, inclusive humanity.  We must not be diminished by its loss, but take the responsibility it has given us more fully to ourselves.  Our task, now more than ever, is to become a nation which makes good lives possible.”

(Paul Bodenham, Chair of Green Christian)

“Please pray for peace tomorrow and afterwards, whatever the result of the vote”

(Deborah, on the day of the vote)

“Let’s steal any energy that is wasted in the anger, isolation and frustration of division. And let that be enough to energise us to act … I still think the only time that we can act to try and be the change we wish to see in the world is now. And now that is needed more than ever.”

(Jonathan Essex)

 

“I hope the churches – including our partners in the Catholic Church – will be able to revitalize a vision for Europe much broader than the mere economic, a vision informed by a Christian understanding of society which looks to the common good of all, supporting human rights and inclusive communities without collapsing into purely individualistic demands, and understands (from the inside of faith) the need for dialogue between faiths and all people of good will.  Now that the high profile campaign is over, I look for this serious discourse as urgent for the future of Europe as well as the UK.”

(Rt Rev. Christopher Hill, President of the Council of European Churches)

Perhaps a theme for a sermon could be:-

One world,
One God who loves all creation and
One overarching problem that needs to be addressed by all people acting  together. Further discussion would be helpful. This is a crisis but a crisis is not only a time of danger but also of opportunity.  Courage sisters and brothers.

(Peter Grimwood)

In addition to all the other losses which will result from leaving (including what now for the UK’s environmental comiitments?) is the sad fact that 3 out of 4 young people voted for remain. These are the future generations. How must they be feeling this morning?
Yes of course I understand that its a time for opportunity as well as disappointment….but I personally (like I’m sure many others) feel completely thrown and unconnected and need to somehow come to terms with all this.
Prayer will of course be central in moving forward but let’s not underestimate the shock and hurt.

(George Dow)

Posted in Latest, News, Take Action | Tagged | 4 Comments

European Christian Environment Network (ECEN): Helsinki: June 2016: Topic: Water: over 80 participants from 23 countries

European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) – 11th Assembly, Helsinki – June 2016

ECEN at Helsinki - June 2016

ECEN at Helsinki – June 2016

Water in a Sustainable Future 

(See ECEN’s own Report)

Martyn Goss of Exeter Diocese Church and Society writes:

 “Let justice roll down like waters” (Amos 5:24)

“Water connects public health, food security, liveable cities, energy for all, environmental well-being and climate action.  Water and sanitation are necessary for human dignity and economic growth”    (World Health Organisation)

On the shores of the Baltic sea surrounded by verdant forest over 80 participants from 23 countries gathered at the Orthodox Sofia Centre for the 2016 Assembly of the European Christian Environment Network (ECEN). Members of different denominations and confessions came together to discuss ‘Water in a Sustainable Future’, particularly in the context of the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change concluded the preceding December.

 

Across our continent we are faced with water challenges, crises and catastrophes.  The experience of too little water around the Mediterranean contrasts with the excessive pressure of rising sea levels and ocean acidification elsewhere, and flash flooding almost anywhere. Then there is the loss of good quality fresh water from retreating ice, polluted rivers and lakes, and over-extraction from below ground. Commercially, water is treated more as a market commodity than a human right, and millions in our countries (and elsewhere) do not have access to good quality supplies.  Many of these issues are related to Climate Change all over the world and are highlighted in work such as the United Nations’ ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs).

 

This was the context of this ECEN Assembly and speakers referred to both the need to respect and treat water as a gift and source of life before God, and also to speak out when people and places are denied access to this precious element.

 

Rt. Revd. Graham Usher, Anglican Bishop of Dudley, began the event formally by reminding those present of the richness of water as symbol in Scriptures – from the waters of Genesis to the river of life in Revelation, water flows to express the hospitality of God.  Yet, as a resource, we manage water badly wasting so much in agriculture, industry and in our homes.

 

There is a need to change our ways, said Finnish woman theologian Pauliina Kainulainen.  Our society today needs more balance, moderation and reciprocity.  As our tears can open up a space within us for something new, so we need to lament of our abuse of water and rediscover that hope should be embedded in a reverential and grateful love for the good Earth.

 

Dr. Panu Pihkala called us to respond to the massive pastoral challenge presented by the eco-crisis, and to grow new narratives regarding the future of the world through stories of best practice – hope in the midst of tragedy.

 

11,000 years of climate stability has enabled human civilisation to flourish, but the future is now uncertain.  “God is within us and opposite us”, cited Jukka Uosukainen (UNFCCC). Time is running out and nobody is in control!  Humankind has to develop a more bottom up approach to solving our problems with civil society pushing for a localisation of ethical and technological solutions rapidly moving away from carbon-based fuels.

 

Karin Lexén, Director of the Stockholm International Water Institute, spoke of the parts of the world where water is “too much, too little or too dirty”.  With growing demands from an increasing human population, water risks will be especially acute in the next 10 years.  If demand goes up by 55% we cannot have ‘business as usual’.

Many of the world’s refugees are displaced because of water issues – drought, flooding, sea-rises, loss of forests and lakes.  Intense water pollution is a forceful factor for others – from mining, transport and farming.

 

As communities experience more extreme weather events, water needs to be higher on the political agenda.   We have to also consider more seriously ‘virtual’ or ‘hidden’ water – embedded in food growing, manufacturing, transport, etc.  This is a key task for our churches and civil society.

 

Metropolitan Ambrosius (head of the Finnish Orthodox Church) was one of a number of church leaders speaking whose views of the current state of the world was very sobering, suggesting we are not anti-consumer enough in our churches.  In an increasingly broken world, the time for statements is over and the need for action essential.  Woman Lutheran Bishop Irja Askola approved that addressing the state of God’s Earth is not an additional extra, but central to a gospel of love and hope.  “We are now a big humanity on a small planet” they both said.  This demands a new ‘eco-reformation’ for our time.  Let us contemplate a new culture….

 

Climate Change is a fatal experience and challenge, and to be quiet is to say that we do not care, stated Lutheran Archbishop Kari Mäkinen.  We must question the rush for profit and hope for new life as yet unseen.  There are three ways to encourage this – through positive every day stories, by researching for alternative ways of living, and in calling for justice for the vulnerable.  If human activity is crucifying the Earth, it is time to wake up and resurrect a different kind of society.

 

The Assembly at the Sofia Centre was interspersed by worship from different traditions:  a Finnish Orthodox ‘Blessing of Water, in which we poured water from our own countries into a common bowl.  Lutheran morning prayer, Catholic reflections and joining different congregations at the three Cathedrals in Helsinki on our opening day.

 

We heard of projects and campaigns from many churches and countries.  ‘Greenopolis’ in Romania, tree planting in Hungary, reintroducing hemp in Italy, establishing a ‘Greedline’ in Crete, developing political alliances in Norway, producing renewable energy in the Netherlands, agricultural and tourism development programmes in Armenia, pilgrimages in Germany and much more.

 

The younger people at the Assembly from bodies such as the World Student Christian Federation in Europe invited everyone to participate in a practical exercise to assess the ‘virtual water’ found in the production of food, cars and other goods.  We were also encouraged to devise a 24 hour journey for a family travelling from Sicily to Finland using as little carbon and water as possible!

 

There were a number of thematic working groups – Eco-Management (of church buildings and land), Biodiversity, Theology and Worship, Transition (to a low-carbon economy), Education and Climate Change. Each of these is active in its field and will continue some of the ECEN work over the next few years.

 

A final outcomes statement was produced with a series of recommendations for action to be taken in our church communities and institutions in Europe. See full paper here.  These included:

 

o        Re-emphasising the sacredness and wonder of water, and its role in sustaining life and ecosystems through the whole earthly creation as it reveals the glory of God.

o        Educating ourselves of the value we attach to water and its use in everyday life and reminding ourselves that water is a gift for life. This includes learning about the water footprint of food production, especially for meat, and the promotion of vegetarian diets.

o        Drinking pipe-line tap water rather than bottled!

o        Avoiding using harmful chemicals in agriculture, households, industry, and mineral and fossil fuel extraction.

o        Reducing the excessive pollution and waste of our personal water use.

o        Rediscovering more contemplative lifestyles based on the quality of life for all, rather than the quantity of goods for a few.

o        Engaging in the ecological debate by empowering people to share the world’s resources more equitably and promoting water as a common good.

 

In the closing words of this paper: “The problems of the world, such as those related to climate change and water, are very severe. Often it is difficult to be optimistic. However, we want to emphasize the significance and perseverance of hope. God is with us in all situations. So may we all work towards a better world, where justice more often flows like a rolling stream . . .

For further details see:  www.ecen.org
xrtyn Goss (Director) Church & Society, Diocese of Exeter, The Old Deanery, Exeter EX1 1HS, martyn.goss@exeter.anglican.org  www.ecochurchsouthwest.org.uk  

ECEN at Helsinki 2016 - View

ECEN at Helsinki 2016 – View

 

Posted in News, Water | Tagged , | Leave a comment

‘Green Christian’ calls for urgent action on CETA

Take action now

CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) is a TTIP-like deal between the EU and Canada, and it is much closer to being agreed and implemented. ‘Green Christian’ and many other organisations have been opposing TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), which has become a toxic acronym in Europe. But in CETA we face TTIP’s evil twin. It is understood that, this month, David Cameron will try to ‘fast track’ it so it becomes law before parliament has scrutinised it in Westminster.​

Like TTIP, CETA contains a new legal system, open only to foreign corporations and investors. This would allow Canadian companies, and a huge number of US corporations that have subsidiaries in Canada, to sue the British government for ‘unfairness’ whenever their profits are at risk. The whole purpose of CETA is to reduce regulation on business. Standards could be reduced across the board on the basis that they are ‘obstacles to trade’, including those on food safety, workers’ rights and environmental regulation. Public services, including Education and Health, would be at risk, just as under TTIP.

CETA, even before ratification, has already had a significant impact on EU climate change policy. Tar sands oil is considered to be one of the most environmentally destructive fossil fuels in the world, and the majority of this oil is extracted in Alberta, Canada. There is currently little use of tar sands oil in the EU, but that may soon change. When the EU proposed prohibitive new regulations effectively to stop oil from tar sands flowing into Europe, Canada used CETA as a bargaining chip to block the proposal. If CETA is passed, that decision will be locked in – a disaster for climate change.

Three Labour MPs have put down a motion in parliament – Early Day Motion (EDM) #165*. Green Christian urges MPs to sign this EDM before the EU council at the end of June to stop Cameron bypassing our parliament, to call for a vote on CETA in the Houses of Parliament, not just the European Parliament, and to use that vote to oppose CETA.

Take action now

 

[*That this House is concerned about the lack of parliamentary and public debate around the EU-Canada trade agreement CETA, most especially that CETA may be provisionally implemented before a debate in the House; recognises that it has still not been confirmed whether CETA is a mixed or sole competence agreement, that the EU Council in June is the last opportunity for EU governments to raise concerns about CETA and that concerns are being raised in parliaments throughout Europe on this question; and calls on the Prime Minister to oppose provisional implementation at the EU Council in June, if necessary by opposing the whole deal unless a ratification vote is guaranteed in the House before any implementation takes place.]

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Report on June 2016 GC Retreat at Noddfa

View from hill just behind NoddfaForty three of us, including five children, enjoying the Green Christian Retreat in North Wales this June 10-12; Our third retreat at Noddfa:-  led by Keith Hebden, author of Seeking Justice The Radical Compassion of Jesus. He will be starting work as Director of the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield in September.

Here  below, in the grand concluding activity on the Sunday,  we join with other groups and faiths around the world taking part in actions for  SacredEarth2016 on 12 June

One of Keith’s themes was ‘Homecoming’ thinking of the prodigal son returning home. He asked us in pairs to describe to each other what was ‘home’ for us, the place where we felt at peace and could relax, or felt known or accepted. This is not necessarily the same as the place we live.

We often use guilt as a motivation for trying to live sustainably, but if we appreciated the natural world as our true home, the place where we can rest and where we are welcomed and invited to celebrate, like the son coming home to his father, then we will be motivated by gratitude and love to live in step with the natural world, and delight in making a deeper connection to it.  As we come home to Creation, it will run to greet us like the father welcoming and rejoicing over his son.

————————–

CR:   Keith talked a lot about being community and the importance of doing things as a community; one phrase that sticks in the mind is “There is a God-shaped space between I and Thou”. We might think we want to get away from our Christian community to focus on green issues, but it is in that community that we will find God, as in any relationship where there is respect and mutual attention. He also talked about participating in God, rather than believing in God – its not just based on rationality; we have to get involved to really experience this mystery of the divine.

Some comments via Facebook:

RJ: .. I must buy Keith’s new book when it comes out. And that it was soooooo lovely to be with my lovely Green Christian friends again. And that wholewheat soda bread is the best type of bread and makes great sandwiches with homous and apple.

GP: Abiding memories of…….the delicious soups and bread, the younger generation, the chicken, the Saturday evening entertainment, sink taps from a bygone age of plumbing, the many and varied shapes of people’s feet, a man from near Chesterfield wearing odd socks, putting your hand out to stop a train, the trees….I could go on but not forgetting…..the people.

SM: Lovely to meet new people and meet up with old friends again. Chickens, mountains, rain (of course) and sunshine. Watching people gradually unwind and relax into knowing each other…..most excellent agape meal with olives, delicious bread and wine… .loved the ‘bran tub’ readings as well  :)
Pictures.
noddfa-2016-04-by-judith-allinson
noddfa-2016-14-by-judith-allinson
Dining Room
small-noddfa-2016-small-42-by-judith-allinsonsmall-noddfa-2016-small-33-by-judith-allinsonnoddfa-2016-34-by-judith-allinson

Posted in GC Events | Leave a comment

CUSP : Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

On the CUSP of something big?

 

Tony Emerson and George Dow write:

CUSP (http://www.cusp.ac.uk) is the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity. Based at Surrey University, among its stakeholders are Green Alliance, New Economics Foundation; Global Action Plan, Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, Theos and Involve.

It covers most of the same territory as our own Joy in Enough programme (JiE) http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/joy-in-enough, but without the under-pinning commitment to Christian faith.  However CUSP is a well-funded interdisciplinary research programme supported by the Economic & Social Research Council, whereas JiE strives to create a movement for action across the Christian church communities and beyond – but relying totally on our voluntary efforts so far!

 

We were among the many GC members who attended the launch of CUSP at Methodist Central Hall in London on May 23rd  2016.  The event was introduced by CUSP’s director, Tim Jackson (author of Prosperity without growth).  The event consisted of an introduction by Tim Jackson followed by a discussion between Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Karen Allen of Unilever, and another discussion between Rowan Williams (ex-Archbishop of Canterbury now at Cambridge University) and Satish Kumar (veteran editor of the magazine Resurgence)

 

The event concluded with an excellent performance by Streetwise OperaAAA and a reception to enable networking.

 

Look out for the full conference report (including audio and video recordings) on http://www.cusp.ac.uk/event/nature-of-prosperity/

 

 

Some notes we made:

 

Tim Jackson:

  • Prosperity consists of the capabilities we have to flourish as human beings on a finite planet
  • We can have more fun with less stuff
  • As economies develop beyond a certain point their people don’t get any happier – the UK economy is well beyond that point
  • CUSP is highly relevant to the need to decarbonise our economy, as per the Paris agreement
  • Importance of the example set by countries like the UK for the ‘developing’ economies
  • Developing cultural resilience is at the heart of prosperity
  • Vital to get the involvement of business and finance in this new ‘investment for tomorrow’
  • CUSP’s work draw on the contribution to be made and challenges faced from 5 areas (MAPSS), ie Meanings & Morals, Arts, Politics, Society and Systems.

 

Caroline Lucas:

  • She and four other MPs have set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth
  • Difficulty of political campaigning for ‘enough’ rather than for more of something
  • Can get politicians and business people engaging in this debate – but very difficult to get them to transfer the outcomes of this debate to their political and business decision making.

 

Karen Allen:

  • Cannot have a healthy (global) business in an unhealthy world
  • Important to extend a business’s sense of responsibility from direct employees and customers to all involved in the supply chain – from the employees in ‘back the line’ suppliers to final retailers of the products in question

 

Rowan Williams:

  • Our working practices and so many features of our lives are creating so much insecurity
  • We respond to insecurity by trying to exercise control over so much of our lives – including our own deaths, which we are too insecure to face up to
  • He related this insecurity to our economic behaviour and the consequential social and environmental problems
  • A key question therefore is: what forms of growth undermines our security, what forms strengthen our sense of security
  • Security needs collective action – we cannot increase our security individually
  • What can prosperity look like in a worlds of environmental and social limits?
  • What problems has economic growth solved? We still have poverty, inequality etc
  • How do we shape people to hold the bigger picture and not be hypnotised by the need to be materially successful?
  • Very important that education, which is now so highly academic, gives space to explore non-academic learning and work.  Modern education is tending to produce a nation of Daleks!

The point was re-enforced for him when he spent a week in the school of his primary teacher daughter.  She set him to work with a group of kids making a meditation tent. Not yet competent was the verdict!

  • He would also like to see a society in which people are proud of the amount of tax they pay, seeing tax payment as their opportunity to contribute

 

Satish Kumar:

  • He re-enforced Rowan William’s points regarding education and work.
  • We need to value poetry and see the spiritual value of work like gardening and cooking
  • Prosperity is about fulfilment – not about following an economic rule book
  • We need to bring caring work back into centre stage – e.g. in the NHS where technology seems to be displacing care
  • We need to try and make every profession a vocation again.  But where we cannot, where the work is done purely for money reward rather than fulfilment, we should not have to work more than we days a week
  • The excess complexity of life is associated with the payment of excess incomes
  • We need to value the concept of ‘elegant simplicity’.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in JiE | Leave a comment

Enjoy: awakening to a new economics: Project brief for Phase 2 of Joy in Enough, 2016-2019

 

Enjoy: awakening to a new economics

Project brief for Phase 2 of Joy in Enough, 2016-2019

June 2016

Download this post as a docx file

 

Text underlined indicates documentation available at www.greenchristian.org.uk: click while online to download.

Introduction to Joy in Enough

  1.  Joy in Enough is a challenge to Christians, and an invitation to all people of good will, to join in building a just economy within the ecological limits of the Earth. Our task is to engage people in the United Kingdom, in its churches in particular, to discover their part in the transition to it.
  2.  Our motive is our faith, in which we have discovered an attractive and persuasive vision for a one-planet economy which is sustainable, just, convivial and humane. Living at the scale of our creation, our society will discover its true wellbeing.  We will flourish as individuals and as a species.  That is why we call this project ‘Joy in Enough’.
  3. Escalating environmental loss, inequality, debt and instability are proving that the prevailing model of neoliberal capitalism and the assumptions of neoclassical economics which underpin it are no longer fit for purpose. Decarbonising the economy to the extent and speed agreed at the Paris climate change summit in 2015 requires far-reaching economic change.  Economics must no longer be seen as the ‘dismal science’ reserved to a technocratic elite, but a joyful art in which everyone has the right and opportunity to participate.
  1. Another world is possible. Joy in Enough encourages, equips and empowers people to realise it with insight and prophetic clarity.

Achievements of Phase 1 (2013-16)

  1. Joy in Enough is a project of Green Christian, an ecumenical charity registered in England and Wales by the name of Christian Ecology Link (number 328744). We have pioneer innovation in Christian witness since 1982.  We established the LOAF campaign promoting sustainable food, and the now-independent climate change campaign Operation Noah.  More recently we discerned that our environmental objectives require us to engage people and churches directly in reimagining economics, in prefiguring a new economy and in mobilising the transition.
  1. The programme we call Joy in Enough began in 2013. Our objectives so far have been to:
  • develop an understanding of the ‘signs of the times’ in the contemporary economy
  • reflect theologically on the contemporary national and global economy, and consider models for a truly sustainable alternative
  • define the parameters of a faith-led response within and beyond the churches
  • forge partnerships with advocacy organisations and campaigns pursuing complementary objectives within the scope of this project
  • rally support for a spirited movement for economic change.
  1. Five topic-based working groups scoped the terrain and prepared for an inaugural conference which was held in March 2014. Despite our modest ambition for 90 bookings, the conference was heavily oversubscribed.  A second conference, attracting 200 people, was arranged for November 2015 to explore how to build a movement for economic change.  Both conferences were organised in partnership with A Rocha UK and student campaign network Speak.  We have evaluated these beginnings and this project brief represents our conclusions as to the way forward.
  1. Meanwhile we are currently consulting on three working papers which are being used to underpin our development:

Outline of Phase 2 (2016-19)

  1. On these foundations we are now ready to build the next phase of development. Our aims for the new phase are as follows:

Inspired and informed by our Christian faith, Joy in Enough aims:

  1. To articulate an attractive and persuasive vision for a sustainable one-planet global economy which is just, convivial and humane;
  2. To engage people and opinion formers in the United Kingdom, in its churches in particular, in building a spirited movement for economic change.
  1. For this purpose we propose a three-year programme to produce the following:
  • An interactive, accessible discussion guide enabling Christians, particularly in groups, to engage in reimagining economics and make practical choices together which prefigure the new economy
  • An online platform (website and blog) at enjoy.org.uk to host these resources and provide a point of contact
  • Opportunities for personal engagement through national events and a panel of visiting speakers
  • A declaration calling for transition to a sustainable economic model to be endorsed by church leaders and opinion formers.

 

  1. By the conclusion of the 2020 General Election we seek the following outcomes from this activity:
  • Substantial coverage and debate in Christian media of the vision and objectives of Joy in Enough
  • positive reporting in mainstream media of the emergence of a movement.

 

  1. To achieve these outputs it is necessary to establish the following:
  • A panel of expert advisors in the disciplines of theology, economics and social and political science
  • A panel of speakers selected and briefed to represent Joy in Enough in churches
  • A steering group with suitably qualified members and lines of accountability
  • A network of partner organisations committed to share expert advice on relevant elements of the economic vision
  • An income stream to sustain ongoing delivery.

 

  1. We propose that this phase will be followed by Phase 3 (2019 onwards), from which we seek the following outcomes:
  • Public engagement by government and business in our proposals for economic reform
  • Coherent and conspicuous public demand to government and business for such engagement
  • Ongoing and sustainable support by church leaders and denominational structures to sustain and drive such demand.

 

  1. The principal objectives for the three years of this Phase 2 programme are as follows. A detailed workplan for Year 1 is set out overleaf.

 

Year 12016/17 Preparation (see workplan overleaf)

  • Recruit and convene advisory panel
  • Identify speaker representatives
  • Reconstitute steering group
  • Arrange initial consultation for advisers, speakers, partners and potential steering group members (provisionally 24 September 2016)
  • Prepare and pilot initial draft of Enjoy group study guide
  • Launch preview and blog
  • Fundraise for following years
Year 22017/18 Launch

  • Train speakers
  • Establish ongoing editorial output of dynamic, participative web content
  • Organise conference and publicity to launch Enjoy study guide (Lent 2018)
  • Prepare and consult on declaration, and gather high-profile signatures
  • Identify options for future governance
Year 32018/19 Promotion

  • Continue building content and participation
  • Launch declaration
  • Develop advocacy within and beyond churches, with policy makers and with business
  • Prepare engagement with 2020 General Election campaign
  • If appropriate, establish independent charitable status

 

 

  1. Activities so far have been delivered by a ‘core group’ of volunteers reporting to Green Christian’s Steering Committee. To fulfil the workplan for Year 1 Green Christian will seek funding to appoint self-employed project consultant(s).  We hope to receive at least enough funding for the budget below, but subject to fundraising capacity would like to grow the project significantly more.  The core group will assemble a new steering group of skilled individuals, including some who have volunteered help as a result of the two conferences.  The project consultant(s) and steering group will be supported by a wider team of volunteers and the advisory panel.  Line management of the project consultant(s) will be undertaken by a nominated Trustee of Green Christian.  The steering group will also consider the case for creation of an independent charity to deliver the programme in the long term.

 

Year 1 project budget

£ Calculation
Project consultant(s) 7,696 £15ph x 10hrs/wk or £20ph x 7.5hrs/wk
Web editing and support 520 £10 x 50hrs (additional hours for existing GC staff)
Travel & subsistence 1,000 20 journeys (inc stg grp and volunteers) x £40 average
Venue hire 400 Consultation event and steering group meetings
Design and print 700 Website and PDFs; laser printing as necessary
Sundries 300 Materials, equipment, telephone, subscriptions
TOTAL 10,616

 

 

Indicative Year 1 workplan

Month
Secure funding
1-2 Recruit expert advisers for advisory panel (economic, theological, socio-political), speaker representatives and steering group members
1-3 Arrange initial consultation workshop for advisers, speakers and steering group members (to take place in month 6)
1-3 Establish outline content of study guide and website content
2 Determine steering group constitution and membership
3-5 Recruit pilot groups to test and comment on draft of study guide
3-12 Launch blog at www.enjoy.org.uk and use blog to preview material for study guide
4-5 Determine marketing and dissemination plan
4-8 One-to-one meetings where necessary with potential advisers
5-12 Plan and fundraise for years 2 and 3
6 approx Hold initial consultation workshop on content for advisers, speakers and emerging steering group (provisionally 24 September 2016)
7 Follow-up to establish ongoing engagement of advisers, speakers and steering group
8-11 Consultation with pilot groups and supporters on draft study guide
12 Revise content for publication

 

 

 

 

Posted in Economics, JiE | 2 Comments

Faith and the Environment Day in Lincoln

by Isobel Murdoch

Sitting in the garden of Edward King House, next to Lincoln Cathedral, in the May sunshine, I enjoyed the late spring plants and the view downhill to the city. I was attending a faith and environment day conference organised by Green Christian’s local contact in Lincoln, Geoff Stratford, with Sally Myers, Principal of the Lincoln School  of Theology and others: a thoughtful and positive event.

Interspersed between the different talks was the opportunity to hear from anyone representing a particular organisation. Those who came forward spoke about bodies like the Wildlife Trusts, but also about more local initiatives like Green Synergy (horticultural therapy and community gardens) and work on food waste & food poverty in Lincoln. These brief contributions interwove grassroots and practical responses with the themes covered by the main talks.

As we heard thorough the day – in these main talks – about soil and farms, about the Paris COP21 agreement, about marine biodiversity (a particular highlight) about ethical living, about ecotheology across the world, and about the limits to growth, on particular thread ran thorough the whole. We are called to respond with hope in our communities and in a world which prioritises the individual, church may be community.

 

Posted in Articles, Climate Change, Reports | 1 Comment