CEL 2014 Annual Members’ Meeting and Changing Lives Workshop

CEL held its Annual Members’ Meeting on 22 November 2014 at St Aloysius Church, 20 Phoenix Road, Euston, London.


Barbara Echlin was in the chair for the meeting, and introduced the 2014-2015 Steering Commitee. Then Paul Bodenham, chairman for Steering committee raised highlights in the Annual Report the most eventful being our name change* to Green Christian from the 1st January 2015.
*Green Christian is a registered trading name of Christian Ecology Link


Left: Two of the new editorial team of Green Christian Magazine: Simon Court and Clare Redfern. Centre: Retiring editor Chris Walton, and CEL secretary and chair of this session: Barbara Echlin.  Right: CEL chairman Paul Bodenham

There are also more changes afoot with the retirement of the Green Christian magazine editor Chris Walton. Chris has made the magazine what it is today over his 14 years editorship, but we are delighted that Chris continues to be our chaplain and is also taking a lead in Joy in Enough our ongoing project.

We welcome our new Editorial team for the Green Christian magazine of Clare Redfern (Commissioning Editor), Simon Court (Editorial Team Convenor) and Suzannah Brecknell (Production Editor).





The changes go on as Jo Abbess retires as our very able Information Officer to be replaced by Amy Willshire from January 1st 2015.


Jo Abbess accepts a token of CEL’s appreciation


Our new information officer displays the new logo








Changing Lives Workshop


Paul Bodenham introduces Ian Christie

Ian Christie led an interesting and informative workshop based on his research work at the University of Suffolk in the Sustainable Lifestyles Reach Group. You can read about his talk here in this post by Jo Abbess.

He has kindly let us put his slides for his presentation here

Then followed our breakout groups who considered:

  • Church: in communities and networks of faith and practice, and the collective stories our congregations tell.
  • Community: in faith-led outreach to households beyond the church, and the new ‘rites of transition’
  • Campaign: to reconcile the three-way standoff between Government, Business and Citizens through what we say and the way that we do it

Members were then reminded about CEL’s two upcoming events: the Workshop in London in January and the Gathering at Ringsfield in May: both of these are likely to book up early.


Paul introduces some of Christian Ecology Link Steering Committee



Author: poppy | Date: 20 November, 2014 | Category: GC Events | Comments: 0

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