Green Christian in Stroud
On Saturday 28th September around 60 people gathered in Stroud for the seventh Green Christian “On The Road Together” Day, the last in 2019.
It was organised by Martin Davis and the Cheltenham Green Christian local group, with help from Rev’d Simon Topping (Stroud) and Rev’d Noel Sharpe, and prayers from other local clergy. The day began with a session on the Green Christian Way of Life, with its four disciplines of Prayer & Devotions, Living Gently on the Earth, Public Witness, and Encouragement, led by Deborah Tomkins. Rev’d Sue Parfitt then spoke and answered questions on Christian Climate Action and the place of non-violent direct action within Christianity.
After a delicious shared lunch, Noel Sharpe led participants on a quiet processional walk to Stratford Park and around the beautiful walled garden, which was much appreciated – and so appropriate for Green Christian On the Road Together.
In the afternoon came a session on Joy in Enough, Green Christian’s campaign for a new economics, followed by a short Q&A time, and an opportunity to discuss “What next?” – with one result being that three new local Green Christians groups may soon be formed. The day ended at 4.30pm after a time of worship.
Deborah Tomkins, Co-Chair of Green Christian, said afterwards that she has now attended four of these days, and each one has been different, with local people adding creative activities to the basic format. The quiet walk was a lovely and special innovation.
For more information about running local Green Christian events: https://greenchristian.org.uk/on-the-road-together-running-a-local-green-christian-event/
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