“Re-imagining the Promised Land” – Green Christian’s Online Festival celebrates hope amidst uncertainty
|Green Christian Press Release|
24 September 2020: For immediate release
Contact: Ruth Jarman, 07970 907784
|Re-imagining the Promised Land” – Green Christian’s Online Festival celebrates hope amidst uncertainty www.greenchristian.org.uk/festival2020/|
Combining creativity, debate, stories of political activism and practical action, poetry and prayer – the free Online Festival, to be held via Zoom from 23rd – 25th October, promises to entertain, inform and inspire.
“Both the Covid-19 pandemic and the ecological crisis call us to move forward beyond established certainties, to re-imagine a better future – and this is at the heart of our Christian faith,” said Deborah Tomkins, Co-chair, Green Christian.
The festival kicks off with a panel discussion: “Re-imagining a better future” featuring Bishop James Jones, Cleo Lake (Green Councillor, former Lord Mayor of Bristol), Melanie Nazareth of Christian Climate Action and environmentalist and green business leader Sir Jonathon Porritt.
Cllr Cleo LakeSir Jonathon PorrittMelanie NazarethBishop James Jones
On Saturday, Anglican priest and writer, Revd Dr Frances Ward will explore with us how ancient Christian spiritualities of “unknowing” can set us free to commit radically to this present moment, and to find the promised land that lies beneath our feet.
Other workshops will explore both practical and political action, featuring Rebecca Willis, expert lead at Citizens Assembly UK ( https://www.rebeccawillis.co.uk/ ) and Rachel Mander, Faith Outreach Officer at Hope for the Future, the UK’s national specialist in climate lobbying. www.hftf.org.uk
“All the solutions we need to address today’s climate emergency already exist. But we are close to passing ‘the point of no return’. What’s lacking is political will – and the solution to that is also in our own hands,” said Sir Jonathon Porritt, festival panellist and Green Christian Patron. He continued, “I’m really looking forward to being part of Green Christian’s Festival to explore different dimensions of today’s Climate Emergency, and what it means for us all from a personal and moral perspective.”
Above all, the festival offers a chance to dream and imagine. Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement will be giving a presentation and setting some imaginative challenges. This is followed by an interactive evening exploring poetry and environmental activism, with readings and discussion from eco-poets Caleb Parkin (Bristol’s City Poet) and Carrie Etter (Reader in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University).
“Imagination is central to empathy, to creating better lives, to envisioning and then enacting a positive future. If there was ever a time when we needed that ability, it is now.” Rob Hopkins (www.RobHopkins.net)
There will also be space throughout the weekend for reflection and worship, even the chance to chat over a sandwich!