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Local Events
14 Sep Creation Care Open Day St John's, Sharow. More.

18 Sep Carbon Conversation Introduction for Leeds Faith Communities. 6.30pm, LCI. Details

19 Sep The Church with a Yurt - A Story of Sustainable Energy!
2pm Regional EASA meeting, St Stephen's Bradford. More

19 Sep Creation Care in Creationtide
3 sessions study group. Harrogate. More

23 Sep Revolting Children! Why are children revolting and what can we do about it? 7.30pm, Harrogate. Details

27 Sep Climate Change and the Role of the Church 7.30pm, St George's Leeds. More

9 Oct How Should Social and Ethical Values Influence the Practice of Climate Science? Talk. Leeds Uni, 2pm. More

9/10/11 Oct Carbon Conversation Facilitator Training Leeds. More

10 Oct How is my Church Impacting the Environment? Training. 6pm, Leeds. Details

10 Oct Christianity, Consumerism and Climate Talk, 7.15pm. Wakefield Cathedral. More 

12 Oct Mike Berners-Lee: There Is No Planet B 6:15pm, Ilkley Literature Festival. Book here

19 Oct Eco Extravaganza Bradford Cathedral, 11am-4pm. Details

22 Oct Deep Peace of the Earth - Spirituality of Creation Retreat Day. High Dalby House, Pickering. More

22 Oct From Extreme Weather to Climate Change in Africa Talk. Leeds Uni, 7pm. More

24 Oct How is my Church Impacting the Environment? Training. 2pm, Huddersfield. Details

16 Nov Parish Environment Officer Welcome Training 10am Dewsbury Minster. Details

23 Nov Tree Planting Day Bradford Cathedral. Details

26 Nov Parish Environment Officers Welcome Training 6pm Bradford Cathedral. Details
National Events
1 Sep-4 Oct Creationtide Resources

14 Sep Green Christian on the Road Together Manchester. Details

1 Oct Pray and Fast for the Climate More

4 Oct CAFOD Harvest Fast Day More

22 Nov Signs of Hope - Green Christian Retreat Laude Abbey. Details

30 Nov Remembrance Day for Lost Species More

2-13 Dec UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)  Santiago, Chili  More  
16 Dec 70th Anniversary of Countryside and National Parks Act
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21 November

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September 2019 - Issue 26
In this Creationtide issue it's great to see so many of you and your churches engaging in caring for the local environment and stepping up to the urgent challenge to live out a gospel message of hope, bringing renewal for the earth. Check out the Training Opportunities below if you want some help upskilling. 

Jemima Parker,
Diocesan Environment Officer
Local News
 Keasden Church Environmental Policy Takes Off
After a resistant start, Keasdon PCC have found encouragement and direction in developing their Environment Policy. Now they are looking for an urban church to partner with. Read more.

Vicars Join Extinction Rebellion Protest
Rev John Swales explains why scriptural reflection on the climate crisis prompted him to take part in the Extinction Rebellion protests in Leeds. More.  

Flood-Hit Communities Pull Together
Area Environment Champion and Swaledale vicar, Rev Caroline Hewlett, was one victim of extreme weather when flash floods hit this summer. More

Caring for Creation at the Local Pub
All Saints' Kirby Hill moved to the pub for "an amazing, thought-provoking service" focusing on caring for God's world. "Absolutely brilliant", "If services were like this every Sunday, the church would be full" and "What talented and inspired lay people we have". Read more

Cathedral Cafe Now Has Green Credentials

Wakefield Cathedral cafe has teamed up with The Real Junk Food Project to use food which would otherwise go to waste. Read more

All Things Churchyards
Over 150 delegates from across the Diocese came to last week's Churchyard Conference to learn more about opportunities for mission, biodiversity, mapping and the legalities in churchyards. More

Electric Vicar is Silent and Zippy!
Revd Bob Bailey has recently bought an electric car, he explains what motivated him to go electric and how is he is finding it. More

National News
Why are Christian Aid and Green Christian encouraging churches to support the international youth strike for the climate on 20th September? Read more. Christian Aid resource here

Following in the footsteps of the Church of England the National Trust will withdraw all its investments from oil and gas companies over the next 3 years. Read more

People must consume less if the UK is to virtually halt greenhouse has emissions by 2050, the government's chief environment scientist has warned. What part will the church play in this transformation? More

The glacier called Okjokull, is the first in the country to be lost to climate change, after the warmest July ever on record. The country's Prime Minister attended the mock funeral held to lament the loss. More

The poll conducted for the development agency by ComRes found that a majority of adults in the UK (71%), believe that climate change is more pressing in the long-run than Brexit. Read more and find Christian Aid campaigning resources here

The Bishops of Guildford and Dorking, Andrew Watson and Jo Bailey Wells, have joined forces with other organisations in declaring a climate emergency and pledges to follow seven climate-care commitments. More

Training Opportunities
Parish Environment Officers Welcome Training
New to, or thinking of being, the Parish Environment Rep/Officer? Not sure where to start or what the role might entail? Come along and receive a warm welcome, resources and tactical tips for getting your church on board with caring for God's Creation. 16th Nov Dewsbury Minster or 26th Nov Bradford Cathedral. Details

 How is my Church Impacting on the Environment? 
2 hour training session to learn how to use the Church Carbon Calculator to measure your carbon emissions and inform decision-making. 10th Oct Leeds or 24th Oct Huddersfield. Details
Carbon Conversation Training

Based in Leeds? Would you like to be trained to lead carbon conversations courses in your church or community? Introductory session 18th September. Find out more here
Eco Extravaganza - 19th October, Bradford Cathedral

Worried about climate change, but not sure what you can  do? Come to Bradford Cathedral and find out about the manyways you can make a change, as a church, a community group or for your home. All ages welcome. 11am-4pm.  Details
Magazine Magic
A ready to print magazine article for your Parish Magazine!

Our Planet: Our Life - David Eggleston, Christ Church Harrogate

52 Eco Top Tips for 2019

A resource for your weekly newsletter, one top tip a week to last you through the year ahead. Click here.  
Resource Centre

Biblical Reflections and Sermon Hints with an Environmental Theme.  More

How to Green your Church Pilgrimage?

oes your church organise or host pilgrimages? How can you reduce their environmental impact? 
Resources here .  

New resources from the National 
Liturgy term  here . 

By Ruth Valerio on caring for creation. Launching November 2019. More
Thoughtful Eating

A Biblical perspective on food, relationships and the environment. New resources from the Jubilee Centre here

Funding Sources
Need funding for an environmental/renewables project? 

Here's a list of possible grant funding sources. Download
New Songs!
Dexecology are on a wide-open search for new worship songs on themes of creation, ecology and Christian hope. More here

Chaplain for Green Christian

Read more here

Parish Environment Reps 
Are you the environmental enthusiast in your church or do you know the person who is? We are seeking a Rep in each parish to receive information and take up training opportunities. More
Comedy Corner

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