What’s On

GC’s own events
9-11 June 2017
GC Gathering at Ringsfield, Beccles: with Dr Paul Maiteny (Teilhard Assn.)

18 November 2017
GC Annual Members Meeting at Sheffield.
Events with a GC presence
30 March: GC Stall: London Interfaith Climate Symposium 2: New West End Synagogue
6 May: GC Stall at Swaffham Good News for God’s Earth
3 Junne: Anabaptist Network Conference on Environment in Coventry.  GC is a joint organiser, Chris Walton GC’s chaplain is one of the speakers.
25-28 August: GC Stall at Greenbelt

Other organisations’ events

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Note: 2017 is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

March 2017

  • 25th March, worldwide 
    8.30pm -9.30pm  Earth Hour Turn off your lights 8.30pm -9.30pm local time.
  • 27th March, Bishop’s Castle
    7.30pm Bishop’s Castle & Clun Climate Change Coalition: Talk: Transition Towns
    The Three Tuns, Salop Street, when Mike Membery is introducing Transition Towns and explaining what this means for the locality.
  • 27th March, webinar
    6.30pm   Global Divestment MobilisationFrom 5-13 May, people all over the world will be taking action calling on our institutions to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in a brighter, cleaner future. If you are interested in finding out more, why not join the ‘Faith and Global Divestment Mobilisation’ webinar on Monday 27 March at 6.30pm. Find out more and sign up for the webinar here. Speakers for the webinar include Rev Rachel Mash (Environmental Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa), Rev Alex Mabbs (Minister at Brighthelm URC – the first UK church to divest), Danni Paffard (350.org), Luke Harman (Christian Aid) and James Buchanan (Operation Noah).
  • 30th March, London  
    5pm – 9pm Interfaith Climate Symposium 2: From Local to Global
    New West End Synagogue, St Petersburg Place, London W2 4JT . Speakers so far include: Bishop Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston; Marilyn Hull, Birmingham Interfaith Climate Change Movement; Imam Ajmal Masroor; Kailean Khongsai, A Rocha UK. There will be a Green Christian Stall at this event.

April 2017 

 3-9 Apr UK
Big Spring Beach Clean 17

Actually there are Beach Cleans organised each week in spring – nearly every day! – have a look and join in one near you:  Organised by Surfers against Sewage

7-9 Apr,  Launde Abbey E Midlands
Signs of hope – an Eco-weekend

– Launde Abbey , East Norton Leics, LE7 9XB –  Revd. Kevin Durrant will lead us through some of the themes of his book, ‘The earth will teach you’*. -*if you want to read this book before the w/e contact Kevin – copies from him are only £8.50, including p & p.  rmdurrant@hotmail.com- Kevin Durrant, a graduate of Keble College, Oxford, worked as a geography teacher and  civil servant before training for the Baptist Ministry. There will also be guest speakers from the Allerton Trust, which runs a nearby farm and highly acclaimed conservation project (a site visit may be possible during the weekend), and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, whose good work in protecting and enhancing local wildlife includes the management of two woods belonging to Launde, and Rutland Water Nature Reserve. We will also hear about the many exciting projects initiated by Market Harborough Transition Town, & Sustainable Harborough.   On Saturday afternoon there will be a Eco-Question Time with a panel of eco enthusiasts.

 11 April, Baildon, West Yorkshire
 Local Green Christian Meetup (West Yorks & N Yorks)

9.30am – 1pm (-3pm) – for members of Green Christian and individuals in North and West Yorkshire, of any denomination, interested in care of the natural world. Activities: Min prayer Eco-walk, Natural history walk (9.30-10.45) ; Coffee and Sharing of ideas and resources (10.45am); Tour of Baildon Methodist Church (several Eco-Congregation Awards-11.15am) – Lunch at Wesley Cafe-Discussion(12-1pm): 1pm. Finish, or stay on to session at Baildon Speakers Club to learn and practice tips on public speaking. Details

22 April  Glasgow
Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering

Burnside Blairbeth Church in Glasgow on the theme  of ‘Caring for Creation in a Time of Change

29 Apr, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, nr Oxford
Christian Rural and Environmental Studies Day Conference

with Andy Atkins and Margot Hodson Ripon College Cuddesdon nr. Oxford

3-8 May Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Two Wings & Some Prayers! – Retreat holiday for (potential) birdwatchers.

Stay in our comfortable Guest House in beautiful Cumbrian countryside. Enjoy the hospitality of our Community of Augustinian Sisters.

Talks, events and trips will include: Birdsong for beginners. The praise of creation. Birds in religious poetry. Visit to Leighton Moss. Osprey watching. Walk with the Dawn Chorus. Saints and nature

Sr Margaret Atkins will provide theological reflections and there will be talks and walks guided by experienced amateur birdwatcher and naturalists.


6 May 2017 Swaffham Good News for God’s Earth – 10am – 4.30pm Venue: The Green Britain Centre, Swaffham, PE37 7HT Please book.

Includes Green Christian Stall

Lots of great speakers, organised by Diocese of Norwich
A day of presentations, conversations, activities and worship, with guests leading workshops, helping us to consider our Christian concern for the environment. Speakers for the day: 
  • Chris Naylor – A Rocha’s international director (on A Rocha’s global work)
  • Ruth Valerio – A Rocha UK’s theology director (on UK Eco Church initiative)
  • Emily Nobbs – Norfolk Wildlife Trust (on churchyard wildlife)
  • Julia Hanmer – Chief Executive of the Bat Conservation Trust (on bats in churches)
  • Julian Bryant – Voices from the Global South: Climate Change and the environment
  • Brother Samuel SSF  – Hilfield Friary (on Franciscan Spirituality)
  • Nigel Cooper – Environment officer, Ely Diocese

  • Victoria Johnson – Educational Residentiary Canon, Ely (on celebrating the environment in worship)
13 May 2017 Lincoln

Lincoln Edward King House, Minster Yard, Lincoln, LN2 1PU : Faith and the Environment: Act Local;Think Global  9.30 (for 10.00 start) to 4.30 –

Speakers include Bishop Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln, reflecting on his experience of meeting people directly affected by climate change; Bishop Graham Cray, our keynote speaker. “TED talks” and discussion with Vicky Dunn of Grimsby Community Energy; Mark Schofield of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust; Graham Cray of Frack-Free Ryedale; team from St Catherine’s, Burbage, winners of Eco Church Gold Award.Bishop Christopher Lowson (Lincoln) will set the scene for the day speaking from experience at a confernece in Fiji in July 2016, when he met people who are already very specifically being directly affected by global warming. He felt a strong companionship with those whose lives are dictated by the sea in ways which ours are not. See his comments and video links here: http://www.lincoln.anglican.org/…/the-bishop-of-lincoln-rep…

Keynote speaker: Bishop Graham Cray (retd, Maidstone; previously Archbishops’ Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team). Other presenters and workshop leaders include:
Dr Vicky Dunn of Grimsby Community Energy; Mark Schofield, Conservation Officer (Living Landscapes) at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust; Rev Andrew Hall & colleagues from St Catherine’s church Burbage, winners of the A Rocha EcoChurch Gold Award; Bishop Cray on Fracking.

14 May 2017 St Albans Along with the diocese of St Albans, Celebrate 2nd Sunday in May as “Walk to church Sunday”
 5-13 May  UK  Global Investment Mobilisation
 21 May  Rogation Sunday
 23 May  Herford  Hereford Christian Ecology Group AGM, 7.30 pm, at St John’s Methodist Church, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR.  All welcome.
3 June  Coventry Anabaptist/Green Christian conference: Is religion costing us the earth?
5 June World World Environment Day
9-11 June Beccles, Suffolk Green Christian Retreat at Ringsfield Hall, Beccles
Dr Paul Maiteny of the Teilhard Association to lead it
11 June Lunar Lunch – Like the Big Lunch, but held after Sunset.
17 June World Meat-free Day
18-19 June The Big Lunch Community open air lunch.
 25 June – 1 July Les Courmettes, above the Côte d’Azur

Creation, Christian Faith and a Precious World” A partnership between The Faraday Institute and A Rocha France, and will include lectures, study sessions, practical activities and guided excursions, plus plenty of time for relaxation and solitude in the beautiful surroundings of the surroundings of Les Courmettes, a 600ha nature reserve in the mountains above the Côte d’Azur.

Also visit the website for other activities and volunteer holidays in French and some in English during the year


3-7 July Bron y Llys Mid /North Wales  “No Planet B” -residential Workshop/retreat  See flyer: No Planet B July 2017 Flyer Each day will typically begin with a talk & discussion, followed by a field trip and will end with reflection & prayer . Led by Dr John Bimson who has recently retired after 34 years as Tutor in Old Testament Studies at Trinity College, Bristol. He continues to teach modules there as a visiting lecturer, including environmental theology. Bron y Llys, Dylife, Llanbrynmair, Powys
SY19 7BW, in Cambrian Mountais just south of Snowdonia National Park
23-26 July Oxford Fourth Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School – The Ethics of Fur – 23-26 July 2017, at St Stephen’s House, Oxford
  25-28 Aug  Kettering  Greenbelt 2017
  21-23 July  Hayes Conference Centre,  Swanwick,  Derbyshire National Justice and Peace Network Annual Conference 2017  in partnership with Church Action on Poverty, CAFOD, Caritas Social Action Network, Vincentians in Partnership, Operation Noah, Columbans JPIC: A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor:  The challenge of Pope Francis


SPEAKERS: Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund, working to mobilise churches around the world to become agents for change and equip them for integral mission. – Fr Peter Hughes SSC. has spent most of his life as a missionary in Peru, working in some of the most impoverished communities in Lima. He is an advisor to the Instituto Bartolome de las Casas, working in programmes of leadership and social justice. = Kathy Galloway is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and was leader of the Iona Community from 2002-2009. She is currently head of Christian Aid Scotland.  She is also a published poet, author and hymn writer. – Plus Poverty Hearings —hearing from those with direct experience of poverty.

CONFERENCE CHAIR: Susy Brouard, Theology Programme Advisor for CAFOD since 2002. – CELEBRANT: Fr Sean McDonagh SSC, world-renowned eco-theologian. – BOOKING FORMS: Download, print off and send in by post: Booking Form (PDF) Download, complete and send as email attachment: Booking Form (Word Document)

 8-16 Oct  UK Climate Coalition Week of Action

Other Events Calendars:
www.projectbritain.com/calendar/april.html -pictorial fact of the day
projectbritain.com/specialdays/apr.htm – awareness raising days
http://www.travelknowhow.org.uk/tactran/pages/view/131 Sustainable Travel Event Dates in Scotland

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