Green Christian Retreat 2021
Cloud and Fire: Travelling by day and by night
Friday 8 – Sunday 10 October 2020
Ringsfield Hall Eco-Activity Centre, Hall Rd, Ringsfield, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 8JR
Please register your interest in booking by by clicking here.
Note by 21 May a significant number of places have been taken so the sooner you book/express interest in booking the better Friday Evening – 1 pm Sunday.
The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. (Exodus 13.21)
In cloud and fire God is both hidden and revealed. By them God led the people of Israel out of slavery to their destiny; accompanied them in the wilderness; and sustained them in faith and perseverance. Saints and sages have had the courage to enter God’s cloud and fire, and been transformed.
In our time, cloud and fire tells another truth – that we are changing the earth’s climate and unleashing flood, drought, wildfire and brutal heat. The ecological emergency imperils every promise. Days of hope that we might safeguard a liveable planet lead to nights of anxiety, grief or despair.
This weekend we will accept the invitation of Scripture for our time, and embrace the truths both of God’s love and of the climate crisis. We will meet Christ who came to cast fire on the Earth and who will return on clouds at the end of time.
Join Very Rev Dr Frances Ward who will guide our weekend. After serving as Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk, Frankie wrote Like There’s No Tomorrow: Climate crisis, eco-anxiety and God (Sacristy Press, 2020), and now serves in parish ministry in Cumbria.
The retreat will also introduce Green Christian’s Borrowed Time programme and help to co-create a new project called ‘Cloud and Fire’, which is seeking to develop pastoral responses to climate grief and anxiety.
The weekend is likely to cost £165 full-board, with a non-refundable deposit of £65 payable in the second half of July.
Given the uncertainties around Covid-19, at this stage we are inviting you to register your interest by 15 July. We will make a decision soon at that point as to whether the retreat is going ahead, subject to a further review two weeks ahead of the retreat in light of the current risk of Covid-19 infection. Those who have registered their interest will be invited to confirm their booking by paying the deposit by the end of July.
Cancellation policy: In the event of the retreat being cancelled or becoming unviable because of Covid-19 restrictions or other factors, Green Christian reserve the right if necessary to retain the £65 non-refundable deposit which will be payable to confirm a booking. However we would endeavour to negotiate with the venue and/or insurers an arrangement which permits full reimbursement. If you cancel for any reason Green Christian regrettably cannot undertake to reimburse your deposit.