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Creation Care: How can Christians Respond to the Environmental Crisis?

  • Course Dates: Mon 24 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The environmental crisis is now much in the news, but what is the Christian response? What are the big issues for our relationship with the environment?

This online day will begin with an overview of our environmental problems seen through the lens of Planetary Boundaries, before focusing on an update on climate change. We will then look at what the Bible has to say about the environment. How does the environmental crisis impact on Christian faith and mission? In the afternoon we will consider two further environmental issues: biodiversity loss, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Finally, we will explore how we can respond to the crisis in a practical and fully missional way.

Timetable for the day

10.00 Welcome and opening prayer (Jill Hopkinson)
10.10 What are the issues? Planetary Boundaries and Climate Change (Martin Hodson)
11.10-11.30 Break
11.30-12.30 Our Christian response: how can we understand this biblically and how does this fit with mission? (Margot Hodson)
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.30 Two further big environmental issues: biodiversity loss and the COVID-19 pandemic (Martin Hodson)
2.30-2.45 Break
2.45-3.30 How can we make a practical response? (Margot Hodson)
3.30-3.45 Plenary 3.45-4.00
Closing reflection (Margot Hodson)

This course is open to all and available free to those eligible for the Salisbury Diocese CMD programme.

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Mon 24 May
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Dr. Martin J Hodson is a plant scientist and environmental biologist. He is Operations Director for the John Ray Initiative (JRI) and Principal Tutor for Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES), a distance learning course based at Cuddesdon. Revd Margot R Hodson is Director of Theology and Education at The John Ray Initiative and Associate Vicar of the Shill Valley and Broadshire Benefice, West Oxfordshire. She was previously Rector of Wychert Vale Benefice, Buckinghamshire. The Hodsons have published widely and have several books including A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues (BRF, 2nd edition, April 2021). The John Ray Initiative is a Christian charity that seeks to bring together Science, Environment and the Christian faith in a way that leads to sustainability and action.
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