Deep Waters: A project of Borrowed Time:

In Green Christian we think the climate and ecological emergency is probably the greatest mission challenge the churches have ever faced.

Through our Borrowed Time project we are preparing a range of pastoral resources, including circles of support and public rituals, for navigating the emotional, spiritual and existential challenges that confront us.  We invite you to join in one such opportunity.

In eight sessions Deep Waters will offer a safe space where you can meet a small group of other Green Christians. With conversation, reflection, and shared experience, Deep Waters invites you on a journey through climate grief and eco-anxiety, to discover renewed courage, clarity and purpose.

The sessions: a shared journey

  1. Introduction
  2. The stages or ‘faces’ of climate grief
  3. Helping each other tell the truth
  4. Creating language and practice for lament
  5. Befriending mortality
  6. Wisdom and love
  7. The place of blame, forgiveness and justice
  8. Redefining hope

Resources and patterns

  • Each other; our sessions and the conversations and practices that we will share;
  • A structure to each session that will hold us and become familiar;
  • Our own emotions and reflections, interests and passions, perspectives and struggles;
  • The materials sent ahead of each session: Readings, poems, images, stories, rituals, questions, quotes;
  • Our surroundings and contexts – both natural and social – and our experiences;
  • The perspectives of Borrowed Time and its intentions;
  • Spirituality that recognises that the challenge is more than economic, political, scientific or technological, and that it is open to new expression and experience;
  • Our thinking and reflecting between sessions – the use of a journal is recommended.

Session Structure

Each gathering takes 90 minutes, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

  • Welcomes and short reflection/prayer
  • In small, confidential groups (which remain the same week by week) each person shares their response to the week’s materials
  • Feedback from breakout groups, including new insights which have emerged during the session
  • Whole group reflective space
  • Closing prayer

Deep Waters begins again on September 27, and runs until 22 November.

Register your interest in taking part



Author: Ruth Jarman | Date: 19 May, 2021 | Category: Borrowed Time Climate Emergency GC Events | Comments: 1

Comments on "Deep Waters: A project of Borrowed Time:"

Barbara Echlin:

September 15, 2021

The next session of Deep Waters is on line and starts on Monday 27 September. Click on 'Register your interest in taking part' button to book your place.


September 14, 2021

Please keep me in the loop is this online or in person?

Andrew Norman:

December 18, 2020

I'm not totally sure about my availability on Thursday evenings ...

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