1pm till 5pm, starting with a bring and share lunch.
St Andrew’s Lower Hall, Short Street, London SE1 8LJ
Free, but please book here.
An afternoon exploring faith, extinction and what we can do about it, with the Religion and Extinction Project
Green Christian’s Annual Members’ Meeting is an opportunity to share in our work, and help to shape it. It’s open to everyone, member or not: if you’re new to Green Christian, come and find out what we do and why.
As well as reviewing our past year’s activities, at this year’s gathering we’ll consider how Christians can engage with the climate and ecological emergency. We’ll be asking:
- How can churches help people to work through their beliefs and feelings about climate breakdown and so find the power to act?
- What do registered charities like Green Christian gain from movements which undertake civil disobedience, such as Extinction Rebellion – and what we can offer?
To begin the afternoon, we will be joined by two lead researchers fresh from the recent Religion and Extinction Project. Stefan Skrimshire is associate professor in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. Jeremy Kidwell is senior lecturer in theological ethics at the University of Birmingham. Over the last year they have worked with Encounters Arts in designing a ‘creative conversation’ for exploring two deep and pressing challenges: the role of religious faith or spirituality in shaping our actions in response to extinction, and the impact of extinction on religion / spirituality.
Stefan and Jeremy will share findings from their research, and we’ll explore how they can bear fruit in our own churches, and in Green Christian. We are establishing a project called Borrowed Time which will help churches offer transformative pastoral care for people who are experiencing grief or anxiety about climate breakdown. And like many environmental charities, Green Christian’s trustees are considering how we can support the aims of Extinction Rebellion, and even some of XR’s methods.
Join us on 9 November at St Andrew’s, Waterloo, to seek out the way ahead – for yourself, for Green Christian, for our churches and for the world in which we live.
1.00 Arrivals for bring-and-share lunch. Hot drinks provided.
2.00 Talking about faith and extinction: reflections and resources, with Stefan Skrimshire and Jeremy Kidwell, followed by questions and discussion.
3.00 Conversations in groups drawing from the foregoing session to explore either of the following questions:
- How can churches help people to work through their beliefs and feelings about climate breakdown and so find the power to act? Including an introduction to Borrowed Time.
- What do registered charities like Green Christian gain from movements which undertake civil disobedience, such as Extinction Rebellion – and what we can offer? Including reflection on XR action in October and the role of NGOs.
3.30 Annual Members’ Meeting, including feedback from conversation groups
4.30 Closing worship
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