What’s On

GC’s own events
9-11 June: GC Gathering at Ringsfield, Beccles: with Dr Paul Maiteny (Teilhard Assn.)
18 Nov: GC Annual Members Meeting at Sheffield, and Big Workshop on JIE
Events with a GC presence
6 May: GC Stall at Swaffham Good News for God’s Earth
3 June: Anabaptist Network Conference on Environment in Coventry.  GC is a joint organiser; Several GC speakers/workshop leaders
25-28 August: GC Stall at Greenbelt

Other organisations’ events

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Note: 2017 is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

22 Apr – World

Earth Day

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

27 April, Leeds

‘Ask a Climate Scientist! Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds LS1 5EB

– Pre-event ‘Climate Chats’ 5-6pm; seated event 6.00 – 7.30pm – More details and booking

A panel of experts from the world-leading Priestley International Centre for Climate and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the University of Leeds will be taking questions from the public at this special event for Earth Week (www.earthday.org/earthday/ ). Please submit your questions in advance when you book your ticket. The seated part of the evening commences at 6.00 and runs through to 7.30pm; we advise arriving earlier to participate in our Climate Chats (5.00-6.00pm) in the adjoining Priestley Hall, where you can talk informally to our scientists, learn about our Arctic research and enjoy refreshments.

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

29 April Oxford
Creation Care – Theology, Sprituality and Mission- 

3-6 May , University of East Anglia
UEA Green Film Festival – https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/sustainability/events/green-film-festival
UK – other places – http://www.ukgreenfilmfestival.org/programme.html

Weds, 3 May Screening of winning entry to UK Green Film Festival: Bugs: The Film (Andreas Johnsen)
Fri, 5 May Screening of winning entry to UK Green Film Festival: Daughter of the Lake (Ernesto Cabellos)
Sat, 6 May Screening of fiction film: Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki) (in partnership with UEA Students Union)
Sat, 6 May Festival events: Climate Café and Stand Up for the Earth: Environmental Advocacy in Film and Media public discussion panel
Sat, 6 May Screening of winning entry to UK Green Film Festival: The Age of Consequences (Jared P Scott)

Various other festival events that are open to the public and that surround these film screenings include the Climate Café (a fun eco-shorts and storyboarding workshop that is open to all), and the Stand Up for the Earth: Environmental Advocacy in Film and Media public discussion panel, both of which will be held on Saturday 6th May.  https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/sustainability/events

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. www.boarbankhall.org.uk

6 May, Charlbury, Oxford
The Spirituality of Churchyards

Many people visit a Churchyard to remember, to reflect and to enjoy the surroundings. How can the church help enhance that spiritual experience? 10am-2.45pm – Please book

6 May, Reading
Creation Care – Theology, Sprituality and Mission- 
6 May, 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)
8th May – Westminster

12 noon “Call off This engagement” Church Divestment, vigil and sketch


13 May, 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, 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

20 May, Hecklington (actually 15 miles from the sea) near Sleaford

Hecklington by the Sea – Christian Aid Week talk on climate Change –  St. Andrew’s Church, Heckington at 7pm on & LOAF (Local, Organic, Animal-friendly or Fairtrade) supper. Tickets are £5 by phoning 01529 460272 or email globalsleaford@gmail.com

21 May: UK / World

Rogation Sunday

23 May, Hereford

 Hereford Christian Ecology Group AGM, 7.30 pm, at St John’s Methodist Church, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR.  All welcome.

1-30 June, UK
30 Days Wild

Do something outdoors every day in June

5 June, Ely Cathedral 6.30pm
Might Ely become an island once more?

A future world of rising seas and changing climate. Polar Explorer and Oceanographer, Dr Emily Shuckburgh, as part of the Ely Cathedral Science festival, will examine the latest findings
from climate scientists on the effects of climate change at home and abroad, and consider what we can do in response. Tickets £7.50, £4 students and children, available  at tickets.elycathedral.org or  01353 660349  https://sway.com/OmdDTJnsUl5CJ0lf


3 June  Coventry Anabaptist/Green Christian conference: Is religion costing us the earth?
4 June UK Environment Sunday
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
10 June Birmingham Operation Noah AGM 12-00-16.00
11 June  UK Lunar Lunch – Like the Big Lunch, but held after Sunset.
15 June
17 June Policy conference on improving air quality – keynotes: Defra/DfT, GLA, IMechE and Heathrow Airport – Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum, Morning, Thursday, 15th June 2017

Policy conference on improving air quality – keynotes: Defra/DfT,GLA, IMechE and Heathrow Airport – Westminster Energy, Environment &Transport Forum, Morning, Thursday,
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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