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This series of one hour workshops is a response to the Radical Presence course, where we have got together to listen for God’s word in this time of pandemic. The participants spoke of a strong desire to see vision and leadership to address the climate crisis. These workshops aim to ‘bridge’ ideas and thinking into grass-roots action on the ground.

The workshops are 7-8pm every other Wednesday.

Please scroll down to see videos of previous workshops.

Future workshops

Wednesday 10 March, 7pm: Green and ethical investment with Bokani Tshidzu

This workshop will look at the rationale for ethical investment and how we can make a difference through investing responsibly for the environment. Bokani is Operation Noah’s Bright Now Campaign Officer. She coordinates communication about the campaign with partners and liaises with religious organisations divesting from fossil fuels.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwscemgqT0sHdcgHHWbrs0JrV6vmoad-baD


Wednesday 24 March, 7pm: Extinction Rebellion on the key role of the Citizens Assembly in UK democracy with Kathie Conn

The Citizens’ Assembly forms an important part of the CEE bill, which has seen much support from environmental organisations including Extinction Rebellion.

Citizens’ assemblies are being increasingly used, in many countries, as an additional and alternative decision making process to the electoral system that has proved incapable of making the long-term decisions needed to deal with the climate and ecological emergency. They  are an effective tool for tackling today’s complex problems and can move minds, build trust and heal polarisation.

The talk by Extinction Rebellion is an hour, including slides and a short video clip lasting about 30 minutes, followed by an opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, and share ideas. It covers the following themes: 

  • democracy in crisis 
  • deliberative democracy (how to deepen participation and collective decision making) 
  • defining citizens’ assemblies 
  • how do citizens’ assemblies fit into our current political ecology? 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtcOyurTgpHdfwu_9HPHcpmiXJr_5SJ18Y


Wednesday, 7 April, 7pm: What you can do about COP26 with Rachel Mander

The UK is due to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 to 12 November 2021. The summit will bring parties together in order to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is widely regarded as pre-eminent opportunity to influence the world’s climate agenda. 

This very practical one-hour workshop will focus on what COP26 is about, and how we can each contribute in influencing politicians and world leaders regarding their approach to Climate change. 

Rachel is a passionate advocate for climate action, who has been embedded in politics, faith, and climate since graduating from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Philosophy. She started her career on the ‘political inside’, working in an MPs office in the House of Commons. Her current roles include: COP26 Liaison Lead at Faith for the Climate; Theology and Churches Officer at A Rocha International; and Faith Outreach Lead at Hope for the Future.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIocuGtqT4uHtckItkr4wlnyE-zDGz5r1SL


Wednesday 5 May, 7pm: Exploring the Way of Life: Prayer and Devotions with George Dow

Many spiritual communities have Rules or Ways of Life involving a set of disciplines to assist believers in living out their faith in a deeper and more structured way. The Green Christian Way of Life offers a framework for living more lightly on the earth and for deeper engagement and shared encouragement. It comprises a set of four disciplines: Prayer and Devotions; Living Gently on the Earth; Public Witness; and Encouragement.

The discipline of Prayer and Devotions focuses on a daily practice which may, along with other prayers and reflections, incorporate the Green Christian monthly prayer diary with its daily pointers for prayer, and the Companions’ Prayer of Commitment. Examples of the variety of resources used by Companions will show how they apply this discipline in their daily lives. George will be accompanied in this session by a fellow Companion.

George Dow is Green Christian Co-Chair and the Way of Life Co-ordinator.

George lives in Penzance, Cornwall and, having spent most of his life in London working in HR, is now active in his local church, which is working towards a Green Church Kernow gold award. George also enjoys walking on the Penwith moors, landscape painting and writing poems & songs.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtf-qqpjsuHtxqpRFuN6KirxrrNHnZ5hf1



Wednesday 30 June, 7pm: Exploring the Way of Life: Living Gently on the Earth with George Dow

Many spiritual communities have Rules or Ways of Life involving a set of disciplines to assist believers in living out their faith in a deeper and more structured way. The Green Christian Way of Life offers a framework for living more lightly on the earth and for deeper engagement and shared encouragement. It comprises a set of four disciplines: Prayer and Devotions; Living Gently on the Earth; Public Witness; and Encouragement.

The discipline of Living Gently on the Earth may involve adopting the suggestions contained in Green Christian’s ‘Nine Ways’ and ‘7 R’s’ leaflets and includes sharing and accounting for the use of our resources, following the ‘LOAF’ principles for meals, and engaging in the Joy in Enough challenge to current economic thinking. This session will focus on how Living Gently works in the experiences of Way of Life Companions. George will be accompanied in this session by a fellow Companion.

George Dow is Green Christian Co-Chair and the Way of Life Co-ordinator.

George lives in Penzance, Cornwall and, having spent most of his life in London working in HR, is now active in his local church, which is working towards a Green Church Kernow gold award. George also enjoys walking on the Penwith moors, landscape painting and writing poems & songs.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdeurrjkrGN3Ic89PNhXB9hiWL8Tdj4Na


Wednesday 25 August 2021, 7pm: Exploring the Way of Life: Public Witness with George Dow

Many spiritual communities have Rules or Ways of Life involving a set of disciplines to assist believers in living out their faith in a deeper and more structured way. The Green Christian Way of Life offers a framework for living more lightly on the earth and for deeper engagement and shared encouragement. It comprises a set of four disciplines: Prayer and Devotions; Living Gently on the Earth; Public Witness; and Encouragement.

The discipline of Public Witness entails committing to action for creation care, e.g. through active involvement in local or national projects or campaigns; giving out Green Christian leaflets; speaking out, whether to friends, at church, or in other public forums; writing or speaking to MPs or organisations. All these and more are ways of Public Witness, particularly when there is some resistance. This session will focus on how this discipline has been applied in the ongoing journeys of Way of Life Companions. George will be accompanied in this session by a fellow Companion.

George Dow is Green Christian Co-Chair and the Way of Life Co-ordinator.

George lives in Penzance, Cornwall and, having spent most of his life in London working in HR, is now active in his local church, which is working towards a Green Church Kernow gold award. George also enjoys walking on the Penwith moors, landscape painting and writing poems & songs.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIud-2opjouHdXwhn7aXhgP4SOJx-OmwwqY


Wednesday 20 October 2021, 7pm: Exploring the Way of Life: Encouragement with George Dow

Many spiritual communities have Rules or Ways of Life involving a set of disciplines to assist believers in living out their faith in a deeper and more structured way. The Green Christian Way of Life offers a framework for living more lightly on the earth and for deeper engagement and shared encouragement. It comprises a set of four disciplines: Prayer and Devotions; Living Gently on the Earth; Public Witness; and Encouragement.

The discipline of Encouragement provides a means by which Companions can support each other in their faith journeys. This is done in a variety of ways, including meeting in regionally based pairs or larger groups, coming together regularly in national zoom gatherings, receiving monthly letters written by Companions sharing their own personal journeys and in annual workshops. This session will focus on how this Encouragement discipline has been so important in Companions feeling part of a committed and dispersed Community. George will be accompanied in this session by a fellow Companion.

George Dow is Green Christian Co-Chair and the Way of Life Co-ordinator.

George lives in Penzance, Cornwall and, having spent most of his life in London working in HR, is now active in his local church, which is working towards a Green Church Kernow gold award. George also enjoys walking on the Penwith moors, landscape painting and writing poems & songs.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwocu6gqTspGNZ2k4BBqpt1Eri2ZfgWnYUo


Previous workshops

Workshop 1: Influencing Local Authorities for the Environment

Workshop 2: A discussion on Non-Violent Direct Action

Workshop 3: Followup discussion to Workshop 2

Workshop 4: Care of The Heart Space with Sister Zoë Leadbetter

Workshop 5: Sitting among the Ashes with Andii Bowsher

Workshop 6: Green Discipleship: Knowing your carbon footprint and doing something about it with Adrian Frost

Workshop 7: Developing communication approaches for Green issues with Staffan Engstrom.

Workshop 8: Recycling for Planet, Community, and Christian Witness with Marion Kenyon

Workshop 9: Liturgies for Lament with Andii Bowsher. First section, and post-breakout groups.

Workshop 10: Electric Cars: benefits, issues, options and costs

Workshop 11: End of year reflection: Beyond 2020

Workshop 12: How can my church become net zero carbon?

Workshop 13: Introduction to the Green Christian Way of Life

Workshop 14: An experience of Forest Church with Neil Clark

Workshop 15: Establishing an organic allotment, for environment, health, and community with Marisa Mann