Eco-Faith Network


Our Eco-Faith Network promotes environmental awareness and environmentally best practice within our churches, and links with and supports environmental action groups in the city.  The secretary of the group is Rev Prof Paul Ballard.

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At the September meeting of the group reports were given about what the Churches are saying about sustainability.

1.Brian Keegan introduced the recent Papal Encyclical, Laudato si’, Our Care for Our Common Home. He set it in the context of the development of Catholic Social teaching and its stress on living for the ‘common good’. Against an often acerbic criticism of modern society the call is to recognise that this is all inclusive, embracing not only the natural world but also the whole of humanity and future generations. Human creativity and the use of the world’s resources, which are God’s gifts, have to be seen in the context of a radical responsibility for the environment. We need both to harness all the human wisdom we can find, from science, the social sciences, philosophy and religion and to work rapidly to a new and modest lifestyle. To this the Christian tradition brings treasurers of insight and practice. It is difficult to summarise an extended and tightly argued document that is so full of wisdom. Available from Catholic Truth Society.

2.John Harper described how the Church of England, as reflected in its reports and conference resolutions, has moved, with the growing sense of crisis, from arguing for ‘conservation’ in the context of European Conservation Year (1970) to ’sustainability’ today.

3.Paul Ballard introduced the Free Church report Hope in God’s Future. He noted three theological emphases that can inform our ecological responsibility: a). Christians have hope in God’s future. This is an incentive for action as it means that we can believe that our efforts are worthwhile. b). Our neighbours include not only those we meet but those far away, across the world, future generations and the whole of creation. c). The call to repentance is primarily a challenge to change direction, to walk in a new way. This short report is in the form of a study guide for groups.

Further Quarterly Meetings of the Group have been arranged for Jan 12th 2016, April 5th 2016, and July 5th 2016. These are open meetings - visitors are welcome - and will be held at 7.45pm in the Becket Chapel in the Cathedral Precincts.

      Left: some members of the group on the
Awareness Walk in 2014

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