The Chaplaincy and the Environment
Kid's Challenge 2017
In the September edition of the European Anglican, Elizabeth Bussmann-Morton (Diocese Environment Officer) talked about Earth Overshoot Day and issued a challenge to our youngsters. What ideas can you come up with and put into action to reduce our footprint?
For some great ideas check out: (www.earthsaversclubforkids.com). Send us your photos and short description. The best will be published in the European Anglican Magazine!
Carbon Fast and Reflection on Water during Lent
I am really pleased to share this letter from Rev'd RAchel Mash, encouraging us to join the ACEN carbon fast for Lent:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Join the ACEN carbon fast for Lent!
For Anglicans Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose for our life. This year we challenge you to take a carbon fast – to reduce the actions which damage God’s Creation. This year our special focus is water. Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases.
The Carbon Fast will begin on the 1st of March on Ash Wednesday
To encourage others to join, why not change your profile picture? Every day there will be actions and a blog post which you can find on the Green Anglicans website.
A Rocha France: "Creation, Christian Faith, and a Precious World" - June 25th - July 1st
A Rocha France is part of A Rocha (see www.arocha.org), a worldwide environmental Christian organisation. One of their two sites is the Domaine des Courmettes, which is a private property of 600 hectares situated in the commune of Tourrettes-sur-Loup in the Alpes-Maritimes. At over 800m and including the Pic de Courmettes (1248 m), the whole site is a nature reserve and provides outstanding views of the Côte d’Azur below. The heart of the estate is the old chateau which can welcome different sized groups for varied activities including raising awareness of environmental questions.
This summer, A Rocha is offering a course in English, “Creation, Christian Faith and a Precious World”, 25 June – 1 July. It will be looking at questions such as: How did the universe come into existence? What can the natural world tell us about God? Why is our world habitable? How do natural processes such as earthquakes or predation fit with the goodness of God? What does the Bible say about the relationship between human beings and the rest of creation?
The course aims to explore these and other scientific and theological questions about creation in the stunning scenery of Les Courmettes. It’s a partnership between The Faraday Institute and A Rocha France, and will include lectures, study sessions, practical activities and guided excursions, plus plenty of time for relaxation and solitude.
Green Christian monthly Prayer Guide
Creationtide season resources to share: Sept 1st - Oct 9th
The season of Creationtide is very much an ecumenical celebration, taking place each year from September 1st until the 2nd Sunday in October (9th this year). We have been asked to share the following resources:
Prayer during Creationtide: God, of the living earth You have called people to care for your world - you asked Noah to save creatures from destruction. May we now understand how to sustain your world – Not over-fishing, not over-hunting, Not destroying trees, precious rainforest Not farming soil into useless dust. Help us to find ways to use resources wisely to find a path to good, sustainable living in peace and harmony with creatures around us. Amen.
Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust - June 12th: 6 month anniversary of Paris Agreement
Recently, over 5000 names of individuals, 270 high-level faith leaders and over 170 religious groups were handed over to the UN General Assembly President, as part of the Interfaith Climate Change Statement. Together this was covered by media from around the world. The next step is to show the world that our words are matched by our actions, and our unwavering commitment to care for our sacred earth.
Join this movement on June 12th, for a day of action and prayer for people and the planet. June 12th is the 6-month anniversary of the Paris Agreement, and religious and spiritual groups around the world are joining forces for a worldwide event called Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust.
Fasting for Climate Change: 1st day of each month
It's been inspiring to read about the recent progress made during the Climate Change Conference in Paris, historic negotiations which have the potential to be a new dawn for the international effort to address climate change. From the pilgrimages, to worldwide marches and community level action, churches have been and continue to be a huge part in this movement. So inspiring!
People of faith have been fasting together on the first of every month. During the climate talks faith leaders and fasters gathered around a table set with empty plates. “It’s lunchtime, but we’re not eating! We’re fasting for climate justice, and for all countries to play their fair part in tackling climate change.”
Perhaps an idea for an additional Lent Challenge, to join with others to give one day per month for the climate?
August Music and Picnic fundraising for environmental charity "A Rocha"
Music and Picnic for the Planet - raised 850 € in aid of A Rocha - ‘What a Jamboree!’ Click here to visit the A Rocha website.
The weather threatened the fundraising event, but did not materialise, save for a few spots of rain. After our morning church service we convoyed to Chez Vignas, home of Rick and Cilla Pickett where, mingling with other music lovers, we all enjoyed our picnics. A bar with wine, coffee and the most delicious (I am told) cakes stood proudly in the Barn/Music Hall.
At about 3pm the music started with Dan Jones and Classical Guitar, including a 'Deuxiemere' of his own composition, Cavatina and many other favourites. Then followed a trio of drums ,keyboard and guitar, a great mixed salad from Chris, Rainer and Pete, including 'Tambourine man' and other well-known standards.
A sing-a-long with AJ Weber brought, for me, memories of the separation endured by many Service families, bitter/sweet, but such memories. Keith and Annie Shave excelled as they usually do, bringing Love, Love of Music and God's Love to us in abundance. 'Broken Biscuits', with guitar and violin made a terrific impact.
At 6pm or so an excellent barbecue was served with bangers, burgers, coleslaw and salad. - A treat that was lubricated with that delicious Jango Reinhardt style of Matt Guez, and the musical performances rounded off with Rick and his group.
What a true Smorgasbord of music. What reminders of yesteryear and yesterday. I personally can't wait for next year, and another helping of Rick and Cilla's hospitality, and their amazing organisational gifts.
Thank you Cilla, Thank you Rick...I know I speak for us all. A ROCHA has benefited, but what pleasure you gave to us all.
- Tony Stephens
Ecumenical Statement on the climate crisis
Religious leaders of France have spoken out together in support of the environment, stating that "the climate crisis is a spiritual and moral crisis." They make an appeal for "an upsurge of awareness so as to act consistently in favour of the climate and to question our values and our attitudes."