This Autumn starting on the 14th October we are running a weekly course via Zoom, focusing on the environment. The course- Caring for Creation- is written by Brian Davis and produced by York Courses. You can find details on their website- https://www.yorkcourses.co.uk/product/caring-for-creation/
Caring for Creation
The human race is facing its greatest challenge: global warming, leading to climate change. This, along with the damage we have done, and are still doing to the environment, God’s wonderful creation, means that we all have to make radical changes to our whole way of life.
Many of us who care about this issue are sometimes understandably quite pessimistic about the future. That’s where faith in God should make a difference. Hope for the future is not the same as being optimistic. Being optimistic suggests always looking on the bright side. A hope based on faith in God should enable us to open our eyes and see what is actually happening to our planet today, and still believe there is much that we can do, individually and together, with God to guide and strengthen us.
The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic continues to have a big impact on all our lives. It has important lessons to teach us about our life together on this planet, especially when we compare it to the greatest challenge of all to life on earth: climate change.
SESSION 1: The Environment (14th October 7.30pm BST)
Focusing on God’s wonderful creation, planet earth, the place of human kind in it, and why it is under threat.
SESSION 2: Global Warming and Climate Change (21st October 7.30pm BST)
Some facts and figures about climate change, and why faith in a Creator God should give us hope.
SESSION 3: The Age of Humans – The Anthropocene Era (28th October 7.30pm BST)
How we human beings with our god-like powers can still undo some of the terrible damage we have done and are doing to our planet.
SESSION 4: Coming out of Denial and Facing Crisis (11th November 7.30 GMT)
Many of us find it hard to face up to the reality of climate change, and make the necessary changes to our lifestyle. We need to understand why this is so, and how our faith can help us.
SESSION 5: Faith, Hope and Love (18th November 7.30 GMT)
We urgently need to be clear about our Christian response to the present crisis: it challenges what we believe; it is also about how we can live in hope, and meet the demands of Christian love.
Canon Brian Davis is passionate about caring for the environment and facing up to global warming. he is Chair of the Eco Church Harborough.
Other contributors include:
Dr Ruth Valerio who is global Advocacy and Influencing director at Tearfund.
Revd Dr Dave Bookless is Director of Theology for A Rocha International
Lalbaikhlui Rokhim serves on the leadership team at the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR)
Dr David Clough is Professor of Theological ethics at the University of Chester
We will run a session on Zoom starting at 7.30pm each week but missing the 4th November. Each session will last around 1hr and will include periods of small group discussion as well as whole group participation. There is an audio to go with each week and it would be helpful if people listened to this before the session started. The course runs for five weeks and will finish on the 18th November. Details of the zoom joining link and structure of the sessions will be sent out each week to those wanting to join. Please email the office if you are interested (firstname.lastname@example.org), even if you are not able to make all the sessions.