Thursday, January 16, 2020

The sound of the turtle dove is heard again in our land


As I'm planning our first EcoChurch meeting of the year I realise I forgot to mention that our church's year began with a sermon About a Tree and on Christmas Day our vicar's 'morning talk' began with the sound of the turtle dove and with Isabella Tree's book Wilding as a source of hope in our land - you can read it all here.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Christians Together on Climate - the event

Over 60 people turned up on a rainy evening to St Laurence's church for Reading Area Green Christians' event to help empower churches to act on climate change. Highlights included our school striker, Francesca, who inspired everyone with her story and her commitment; University of Reading doctoral researcher Lydia Messling whose workshop on finding the right words to communicate about climate change clearly taught people a lot; and a final act of worship/lament before we took our ideas home to act on. 

We were especially grateful to those who came with information stalls - notably https://readingenergy.coop/ who are still looking for public buildings with high daytime usage to put solar panels on as well as offering opportunities for green investment; and https://readingcan.org.uk/ whose strategic plan for Reading's response to climate change will be out for consultation early next year. 

One of the key reasons for holding the event was to advertise the energy audits available to churches - Oxford diocese are providing financial incentives for CofE churches doing this, but the company will work with any churches - more information here: https://www.oxford.anglican.org/mission-ministry/environment/resources/church-energy-audits/

There's more information/resources on the extra blog page here for Christians Together on Climate, including some of the information sheet I produced to report back on the event at the Diocesan Synod last week. For just five days you can also still catch Paul Coia interviewing me on BBC Radio Berkshire's Faith programme the Sunday before the event!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Christians Together on Climate

An exciting opportunity to find resources to help our churches respond to the climate emergency with advisors from Oxford diocese, EcoChurch reps from different denominations and lots of representatives from other Eco groups in and around Reading  - please join us!

Creation Season


Highlights of this year's Creation Season at St John's included the invitation to be part of a service at Christ Church Oxford in which representatives from across the diocese were commissioned to work for Creation Care in their parishes. It was the final in a series of services whose sermons have been recorded and can be heard (or read) at: https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/oxfords-cathedral/creationtide-sermon-series


The following day was our harvest festival at St John's. The proceeds from the monthly church lunch, like the harvest gifts, were given to Readifood and the meal was a vegetarian recipe from Jack Monroe's latest book.