We had an excellent follow-up to our rowdy debate in the Crown last week, with Colin and Michele leading us for the first time. In fact it was so well prepared and so challenging that we’re continuing with it next week in the Crown. We were given questionnaires, in advance, on our habits such as recycling, buying fairly traded produce, considering air miles etc which started us off with plenty to think about and discuss. Then the really challenging bit… How were we at ThirdSpace (as individuals and as a church) espousing simplicity in our:
Local community and
That’s why we’re continuing next week! Stretching stuff that’s essential for us if we’re to take our value of ‘Justice’ seriously.
Loved the closing blessing of the evening:
God’s blessing be upon us as we leave and return changed to our homes.
May we strengthen and encourage one another in our shared vision.
And may the blessing of our adventurous Creator God go with us.
And may the blessing of the Son, who showed us how to live, re-shape us.
And may the blessing of the dancing Spirit joyfully enable us in our renewed living.
Source: Hope in God’s Future: Christian Discipleship in the Context of Climate Change Report & Study Guide, Methodist Publishing 2009
And here’s Colin and Michele’s resource list and recommended books:
Saving Planet Earth, Colin A Russell
Planet Wise, Dave Bookless, IVP 2008
Christianity, Climate Change & Sustainable Living, Nick Spencer & Robert White, SPCK 2007
When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, ed RJ Berry, Apollos 2007
The Rough Guide to Ethical Living, Duncan Clark, Rough Guides 2006
Kingfisher’s Fire, Peter Harris, Monarch 2008
L is for Lifestyle, Ruth Valerio, IVP 2004
The Busy Christian’s Guide to busyness, Tim Chester, IVP 2006
Glory Days: Living the Whole of your life for Jesus, Julian Hardyman, IVP2006
For the Beauty of the Earth, Steven Bourma Prediger, Baker Academic 2001
Celebrating Community: God’s Gift for today’s world, eds Chris Edmondson & Emma Ineson, DLT 2006
Caring for Creation: Biblical and Theological Perspectives, ed Sarah Tillett, BRF 2005
Silent Fields: The long decline of a Nations Wildlife, R Lovegrove, Oxfod Press 2007
- A Rocha Christians in Conservation www.arocha.org 01387 710286
- Christian Ecology Link email@example.com 01423 871616
- Christians in Science (CiS) www.cis.org.uk
- Department for international development (DIFD) www.dfid.gov.uk 0845 300 4100
- John Ray Institute (JRI) www.jri.org.uk 01242 543 580
- Tearfund www.tearfund.org 02089437818
- Eco-Congregation www.ecocongragation.org
- Living lightly 24:1 www.livinglightly24-1.org.uk
- Operation Noah www.operationnoah.org
Join us at the Crown on Wednesday? If nothing else we’ll all be needing company, if not a pint, for consolation after the match!