GC News 107: 17 May 2019: Nine Notices: Volunteers needed for JiE Plenty, and eight more –
(Longer details and links lower down)
1. Important request from our Joy in Enough Team: We are looking to form a pool of potential facilitators for its Plenty! resource.
2. Barnet Local Green Christian Group is hosting a meeting tomorrow, 18 May
3. United Reform Church divests from Fossil fuels!
4. New song commissioned for the Season of Creation, to be launched on Rogation Sunday (26 May)
5. Now is the time to prepare for the “Now is the Time” Mass Faiths Climate Lobby on 26 June. Tell your church about it now.
6. Video clip:- Peter Musgrave has been involved in the production of the short video:- Isaac Harvey’s film, For the Love of Our Planet: Fossil Free Future
7. Video Clip:- All Hallows Church Leeds have just put up a great video with the children at their church asking for disinvestment
8. Hope for the Future announces a new Weekly Climate News – subscription – free one month trial
9. Here are the other events in May on the GC Whats-on page:
Llanberis (24-27 May), and Yeovil (25 May – with GC stall)
But there are LOTS more in June. Look at the Whats-on page. I’ll be sending a list of the events shortly, from June thorough the rest of the year. So do tell me if you have an event to add.
1. Request from Joy in Enough Team: volunteers for its Plenty! resource.
GC’s Joy in Enough project is looking to form a pool of potential facilitators for its Plenty! resource. Find out more about the resource and the facilitator’s roleA series of facilitator orientation events will be offered in the autumn. Interested, or want to find out more? Please contact Ruth Jarman, giving your name, address and email.
2. Sat 18 May, GC Local Group at Barnet, London:
10.00-12.00 St John’s URC Church, Somerset Rd New Barnet, EN5 1RH:Climate Change – Which Way Forward? Refreshments from 9.45 am –Looking at options – including: faith, politics & protests? – A varied & positive programme with contributions from Christian Climate Action / XR Supporters. Plus: news, resources, information and civilised discussion! – ALL are very welcome from all local communities. – Details: 07990 793 04
3. United Reform Church divests from Fossil fuels!
The United Reformed Church (URC) has approved a proposal to sell its investments in fossil fuel companies at a meeting of its governing body on Tuesday. The resolution states that the URC should drop investments in companies involved in the extraction or supply of oil and gas by the time of its General Assembly in 2020, following its divestment from coal and tar sands in 2015. It further encourages other URC Synods and churches to follow suit. Another motion passed updated the URC’s environmental policy to endorse a target for the UK of “net zero emissions by well before 2050. More detail and commentary can be found on the Bright Now website
4. New song commissioned for the Season of Creation, to be launched on Rogation Sunday.
David Shreeve writes: I am writing with news of this year’s Season of Creation – 1 Sept to 4 Oct. A new international committee has been formed which includes the Bishop of Salisbury to help promote and develop initiatives. For our part we have commissioned a new Song for the Season of Creation.There are a number of arrangements available to suit singing groups of all types and one for congregations so everyone can join in. Hopefully we can get a large number singing on Sunday 1 Sept to launch the season. Others may p refer to sing the song at other times – during harvest services for example. The song will be launched on 26 May (Rogation Sunday) to give plenty of time to learn and practice it. We would very much welcome videos of groups singing the song to help others learn it. Please do all you can to promote the song and let us know of any plans to use You can see the service planned using the song at St Brides Church, Fleet Street, London and a video will be displayed after 26 May
5. Now is the time to prepare for the “Now is the Time” Mass Faiths Climate Lobby on 26 June
26 June: “The Time is now” Mass Climate Lobby – See websites at CTBI and Christian Aid. In fact the time is now – today– before 26 June because we need to start preparing for this now. Download resources from Christian Aid here
Peter Musgrave has been involved in the production of the short video:-Isaac Harvey’s film, For the Love of Our Planet: Fossil Free Future.
All Hallows Church Leeds – Children and DisinvestmentThey have just put up a great video with the children asking for disinvestmentDo watch it! Now they are turning their attention to the the West Yorkshire Pension Fund which has over £900,000,000 invested in fossil fuels.
8. Hope for the Futures Weekly Climate News – subscription – free one month trial
Hope for the Future are offering a concise roundup of the globe’s weekly climate news, with a bit of hope and humour thrown in – new subscription with a free one month trial Starts 10 June.
The subscription is just £25 a year and includes exclusive quarterly webinars from some of the UK’s top policy experts.
9 More Events in May:
24-27 May: Cae Mabon, Llanberis: Eco-Retreat. Under the canopy, at the shore, on the hillside rooted in biblical tradition and connected to the earth
25 May: Yeovil: GC stall at Eco-fair Yeovil at Holy Trinity Church Lysander Road, Yeovil, BA20 2BU.
26 May: Rogation Sunday : Find or organise a service near you. Do tell me if your church is organising an event.
I’ll be sending the next “Events list” out in two or three days.