GC E-News 55: 21 March 2017
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Dear .. Reader ..
I hope you enjoyed the First Day of Spring – whether you take it as 21 March, or as the Equinox which this year was 10:28 on Monday 20 March (UK time)
1. Webinar 27 March on Global Divestment Mobilisation 5-13 May
2. Green Lent ideas & actions
3. EVENT POSTPONED: 30 March, London, at Interfaith Climate Symposium 2 with GC stall
4. GC Local Meetup for people in West & North Yorks – 11 Apr
5. 21 events March-June
I am continuing listing upcoming events – there are so many it may seem hard work – but if there is something near you please give it publicity.
Meanwhile James Buchanan of Operation Noah has asked us to publicise the following:
1. Global Divestment Mobilisation
From 5-13 May, people all over the world will be taking action calling on our institutions to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in a brighter, cleaner future. If you are interested in finding out more, why not join the ‘Faith and Global Divestment Mobilisation’ webinar on Monday 27 March at 6.30pm. Find out more and sign up for the webinar here.
Speakers for the webinar include Rev Rachel Mash (Environmental Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa), Rev Alex Mabbs (Minister at Brighthelm URC – the first UK church to divest), Danni Paffard (350.org), Luke Harman (Christian Aid) and James Buchanan (Operation Noah).
Divest your church: new resource for local churches available now!
Operation Noah has put together a ‘how to’ guide, Divest your church, explaining how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean alternatives. You can meet some of the Eco Church Award criteria in the process!
To download your copy of the ‘how to’ guide, visit Operation Noah’s Bright Now website: http://brightnow.org.uk/resource/divest-church-new-resource-local-churches-available-now
Do call in at the stall if you attend this meeting
If you live not too far from Baildon and are free on 11 April you will be very welcome. See programme (A doc file will download)
5. 21 Upcoming green events in churches this spring
23 Mar: Loughton Meth Church: Ground Source Heat Pump &
Green Energy Open Day: 10.00-21.00 talks & tours
23 Mar – St Paul’s Cathedral – Celebration of Water: 6.30pm
Please book free tickets
23 Mar – Bath – Nexus Meth Ch: Distant Lands, Rising Seas and
Local Concerns: Climate Change in the Pacific
25 Mar – World Take part in Earth Hour Turn off lights 8.30-9.30pm
27 Mar – Bishop’s Castle & Clun Climate Change Coalition – Talk:
Transition Towns. 7.30pm The Three Tuns
27 Mar – Webinar on Faith and Global Divestment Mobilisation’
30 Mar – London –EVENT CANCELLED Interfaith Climate Symp. 2:
7-9 Apr – Launde Abbey E Midlands Signs of hope: an Eco-
weekend – LE7 9XB. led by The Revd. Kevin
Durrant & Canon Brian Davis.
3-8 May – Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria – Two Wings & Some
Green Britain Centre, Swaffham, PE37 7HT: organised
by Diocese of Norwich; includes GC Stall.
8th May 12 noon Westminster “Call off This engagement” Church
Divestment, vigil and sketch
5-13 May UK Global Investment Mobilisation
14 May Along with the diocese of St Albans, Celebrate 2nd Sunday
in May as “Walk to church Sunday”
21 May Rogation Sunday: Plan something now. And
send us your events.
3 June – Coventry Anabaptist/Green Christian conference: Is religion
costing us the earth?
5 June – World Environment Day and Environment Sunday
9-11 June – Beccles, Suffolk: Green Christian Retreat at Ringsfield
Hall, with Dr Paul Maiteny of the Teilhard Association
More events listed on whats-on page of GC website
All the best for Lent
Best wishes from
P.S. This month’s tip: If organising a meeting, have the confidence to only put a limited number of chairs out and encourage people to sit at the front. (Have more chairs ready to add later if necessary.) It will increase the “buzz”. Or arrange the chairs in a horseshoe shape/circle.. enabling as many people as possible to sit at the front. 1. People are more energised when sitting close to other people, and more friendly. 2. The people in the front row remember more. 3. It makes for better photographs of the speaker, speaking to a “Full house” not to a row (or rows) of empty chairs.