Reading Area Green Christians
We are a group of about 40 Christians of various denominations from Reading and the surrounding area. We currently meet via Zoom every two to three months and warmly welcome new members – email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
You can read our latest newsletter here:
We are looking forward to welcoming the YCCN relay from the G7 meeting at Carbis Bay to COP26 at Glasgow: they will be staying in Reading 28th to 31st July. Anyone is welcome to join in the events. The Creative Climate Workshop will feature scientists from Reading University’s meteorology department as well as local Green Christians. The Blessing of the Boots service will be followed by discussion and information stalls.
We are currently organising an art exhibition for children to create art with a message for COP26 and other decision-makers. Find out more at futureactnow.wordpress.com.
One of our local MPs is Alok Sharma who is President of the COP26 Climate Conference. Consequently some of our group met to share our hopes of this and ask about his plans (via Zoom) shortly before Christmas.
We have recently been lobbying Reading Borough Council about fossil fuel investment in their pension fund; and engaging with Citizens UK who are supporting discussions for a local Citizens group. Members from two of our churches are part of the Make COP26 count programme.
Last month we joined in celebrations for the 900th anniversary of Reading Abbey. Local churches organised events in the abbey ruins over three lunch times using the stage created for RABBLE Theatre’s ‘The Last Abbot’. So we provided a dramatic dialogue between a modern abbey visitor and a fifteenth-century novice. They discussed the medieval monastic contribution to the development of science, the modern church’s response to the challenge of Climate Change and how medieval monastic simplicity and prayer can help with the modern challenge.
Events in 2020
Leading worship at the Oxford Diocesan Synod on 14 March 2020 where a Climate Emergency was declared and a commitment was made to be carbon neutral by 2035. Find out more here.
On 10 June we joined Milton Keynes Green Alliance at the Citizens:MK Assembly to address the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commisioner.
On 30 June we attended the Time is Now Virtual Lobby.
In November 2019 we organised an event attended by 60 local Christians with workshops to explore dealing with the Climate Crisis through lament, improving buildings, political campaigning, working with local groups and talking to our neighbours. This is the report:
We are compiling a list of places where you can buy goods with little or no packaging – scroll right for opening times and websites, or down for more shops. Please note that inclusion on the list below is not intended as endorsement of the products but as information about zero waste shopping opportunities: