What’s On

1. GC’s own events

9-11 June 2017: GC Gathering at Ringsfield, Beccles: with Dr Paul Maiteny (Teilhard Assn.)
18 Nov GC Annual Members Meeting

2.  OTHER organisations events

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2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
 Thu 23 Feb  High Bentham, N Yorks Just Food  – an Eco-Evening with Churches Together in Bentham. Bring and Share  LOAF Food 6pm-9pm

Bentham Methodist Church

Mo 27 Feb – Sun 12 Mar  UK Fair Trade Fortnight 2017 – click for Resources – Check out the Fairtrade Fortnight action guide to get started! – Sign up to Fairtrade fortnight latest news to be the first to hear campaign updates. Supporter Events Map
4 March Hilfield Friary Dorset Michael Northcott at Hilfield Friary Saturday,  10am-4pm  two talks:
“Brexit, Trump and the Common Good” &
“Rediscovering a Local Sustainable and Spiritual Economy” Flyer:-MNorthcott-At-Hilfield01300 341741 or  hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk
7 March Hereford 7.30 pm Hereford Christian Ecology Group present ‘Joy in Enough? Why a sustainable world needs a new economics’, an illustrated talk by the Revd John Daniels, in St John’s Methodist Church Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR
18 March London  Sarx “Creature Conference -Is Christianity Good News for Animals?

Oasis Auditorium Southbank ,75 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HS London
09:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

18 Mar  Birming-ham Nature in the balance: can we put a value on the environment, and should we? The John Ray Initiative annual conference,  Bournville College, Birmingham. £48, Early booking is advisable. Info here.
Keynote speakers:  Dr. Darren Evans “Ecosystem Services: managing nature for human benefit.”; Prof. Richard Bauckham “Why do other creatures matter?”; and Rev. Dave Bookless “Biblical Wisdom for Nature Conservation.” Plus seminars.
See also: Facebook Event Page    and  downloadable printable flyer
23 Mar  St Paul’s Cathedral St Paul’s  Cathedral Celebration of Water on 23 March 2017- Water Of Life? Creation, Culture &
the River Thames 6.30pm-  Please book free ticketsfeaturing excerpts from Handel’s Water Music played on the Grand Organ; David Vaughan, Director of Science at the British Antarctic Survey; archaeology from the Thames Discovery Project; poetry readings from Jane Draycott; new artworks from Pablo Genovés and more to be announced.Moderated by the Rt Revd James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool.
7-9 Apr Launde Abbey E Midlands Signs of hope – an Eco-weekend – Launde Abbey , East Norton Leics, LE7 9XB – As we  face possible environmental & ecological disaster we need to find reasons for hope, and spiritual resources for an earth-honouring life. – led by The Revd. Kevin Durrant and Canon  Brian Davis.

Kevin 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.


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.


13 May 2017 Lincoln Faith and the Environment: Act Local; Think Global” – Lincoln. 13th May 2017 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
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
3-7 July Bron y Llys Mid /North Wales  “No Planet B” -residential Worlshop/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: national-awareness-days.com projectbritain.com/specialdays/apr.htm – awareness raising days www.projectbritain.com/calendar/april.html -pictorial fact of the day www.tfw.org.uk transport event links http://www.travelknowhow.org.uk/tactran/pages/view/131 www.educationscotland.gov.uk/resources/r/resourcecalendar/may.asp good links

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