Thursday, January 12, 2012

God's World: Why and How to Become an EcoCongregation

With apologies for the very long delay in writing this up; the EcoCongregations event on 17th November was a fantastic evening with a real buzz of enthusiasm for greening our churches among the 80+ attendees. Thank you very much to everyone who came along and/or helped to make it happen!
Bishop Andrew gave a fascinating and moving talk about his experiences in Ethiopia; I tried to squeeze in reference to as many different environmental resources for churches as possible in a rather short space of time; and there followed really useful reports from the Society of Friends, All Saints Wokingham and Earley St Nicholas on their churches' experiences of greening their worship, practice and outreach.
Afterwards we enjoyed some seriously delicious food from Tutu's Ethiopian Table along with fair trade wine.
There were stalls to browse from several other churches including St Barnabas, Emmer Green displaying their beautiful new sensory garden; Park URC with information on pv panels and biomass boilers; St Paul's URC Bracknell; St Mary and St John Finchampstead; and St James Pangbourne/ Pangbourne and Whitchurch Sustainability Group; as well as A Rocha, CEL and Earthing Faith etc. I was especially pleased that Reading Friends of the Earth were able to come along and Transition Town Reading since it is so important for churches to be part of their wider community's response to the environmental crises. Greyfriars bookshop kindly provided a stall of appropriate books and I know John Madeley sold a good number of copies of his Let Live (a bike ride, climate change and the CIA)!

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