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


2. Green Lent

Four members of Green Christian have taken up different activities for Lent.  Read more… and send your suggestions and comments


3. GC Stall on 30 March, London, at Interfaith Climate Symposium

Do call in at the stall if you attend this meeting 


4. GC Local Meetup for people in West and North Yorks

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 MarSt 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 – LondonEVENT 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.

11 Apr – BaildonW Yorks:  Meetup for local members of

                   Green Christian and others interested 9.30am
22 Apr – GlasgowEco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering
Burnside Blairbeth Church on ‘Caring for Creation

                   in a Time of Change
29 Apr -Cuddesdon nr. Oxford CRES 
Christian Rural & Environmental

                  Studies Day Conf. with Andy Atkins & Margot Hodson

3-8 May – Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria – Two Wings & Some 

                    Prayers!   Retreat holiday for (potential) birdwatchers
6 May- Swaffham Good News for God’s Earth – 10am – 4.30pm The

                    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

13 May  Lincoln: Edward King House, Minster Yard, LN2 1PU : 
                     “Faith and the Environment: Act Local;  Think Global

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

Judith Allinson
Web Editor

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.





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