Environmental resources

Section 1: Worship and Teaching Resources

Section 2: Courses and Conferences

Section 3: Recommended Texts

Section 4: Website links


BCDM Module on Creation Care:

Dates and Time: Tuesday Evenings 7:00-9:30pm, 11th June - 9th July

Venue: St Peter's Dunchurch, The Square, Dunchurch, CV22 6PE

To register, please go to: www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister

Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES): for information, see below and at the CRES Admissions web page

NEW PARISH RESOURCE: Thanks to St Mary's Cubbington for sharing their Eco Tips, suitable for your weekly parish news sheet or in youir monthly magazine. See the pdf in the Documents section. If you would like this in doc form for editing, cut and paste, please email godfrey.armitage@covcofe.org

Eco Church Resources are available here to help you to meet your church's targets.

Essential viewing:  Nature's Emergency: where we are in five graphics, available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48104037 and two short official trailer youtube clips, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power and Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives

A new resource:  How to start,at home or in your churchyard, your own butterfly garden. Sarah kindly provided us with details of this resource through her teacher, Ms Rachel Martin. Thank you Sarah and Ms Martin!

Revd Margot and Dr Martin Hodson on responding as Christians to the environmental crisis on Three Counties Radio Sunday 19th May starting at 2 h 11 minutes into the programme and lasting 17 minutes. Go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p077w3h0

Worship and Teaching Resources

New book on Creation Care: Douglas J. Moo & Jonathan A. Moo (2018) Creation Care: A Biblical Theology of the Natural World Biblical Theology for Life series: Zondervan (£15.99). Professor Richard Bauckham writes: "This book deserves to become the standard work of its kind. One of its many merits is that it grounds creation care in the whole biblical story from creation to new creation. Another is its well-informed and up-to-date account of the plight of creation today. A third is its thoughtful attention to practical and realistic ways of caring about and caring for creation in our contemporary Western contexts."

Living Lent - creating a climate of change. Click here to see how you can make significant lifestyle changes to bless the earth this Lent.

The Plastic wrapping problem: look at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47161379. It is more complicated than it seems.

Free refill stations for your plastic bottles: visit https://refill.org.uk/ and stay rehydrated, save money and help prevent plastic pollution. See #GotTHe Bottle.

Are you an ordinand or minister in training? Green Christian are offering a free two year GC membership (with digital magazine).

Resources for Creationtide from the Church of England Environmental Programme can be found at https://creationtide.com/.

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives - the environmental footprint of war: film-makers Lincoln and Alice Day joined our 2015 conference Reconciling a Wounded Planet at Coventry Cathedral (http://www.reconcilingawoundedplanet.com/) for the showing of this film on the ecological legacy of war. See clips or the whole film at http://www.scarredlandsfilm.com/

Tenants of the King is a new Bible-based, Jesus-centred resource from Operation Noah. This four-part study series is designed to help you and your church consider what the Bible has to say about today’s climate crisis. Through interactive group sessions, video interviews with leading Christian thinkers and insightful Bible commentary, this resource will help you and your church to reflect on the challenges of a changing climate, and how Christians can respond with hope to one of today’s greatest challenges. Study guide booklets and video interviews can be ordered on our website: http://operationnoah.org/resources/tenants-of-the-king-study-guide/

Season of Creation: From September 1 to October 4 2019, Christians around the world will pray and care for creation during the “Season of Creation” celebrated by Christian churches around the globe. Visit http://seasonofcreation.org/ for ideas and resources and start planning for this year's Season of Creation.

Sālote: A New video resource from Operation Noah which aims to help Christians around the world recognise the human cost of climate change, and particularly its impact on women and children.

The video has been designed for Christians of all ages and developed in partnership with the World Day of Prayer. It introduces the viewer to Sālote, a seven-year-old Polynesian girl who is already experiencing the devastating effects of a changing climate in her South Pacific island home. As Sālote witnesses the impacts of climate change on three generations of her family, she reflects aloud on what has caused this change. The story is inspired by real-life accounts of present-day climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, which hit poor and vulnerable populations, living in sensitive parts of the world like low-lying islands, the hardest. The full video can be watched on our website, where you can also download an activity pack and factsheet for your church/home group during the Season of Creation: http://operationnoah.org/resources/salote/

Prayer Resources: click here to find useful prayer resources related to Eco Church.

Environment Reading and Resources List: a list prepared by Dr Martin Hodson (CRES) for Transforming Communities: ‘Contributing as the National Church to the Common Good’

Calculating carbon footprints: For your church, visit Carbon Footprint (registration needed, but free) at https://www.carbonfootprint.com/businesscarboncalculator.html or the National Energy Foundation at http://www.carbon-calculator.org.uk/. Encourage your parishioners to check their own personal carbon footprints using the World Wildlife Fund's calculator at http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/. Offset the carbon costs of your travel at climatestewards.org.

Ideas for energy generation: Look at St Anne's Highgate community project with solar pv; could you do something similar? Could you generate solar energy from the space above cars in your car park? Look at the solar car parks guide for technical information.

The arithmetic of renewables: TED talk by the late Sir David Mackay at Warwick University

Putting on an event? Look at http://www.greeneventbook.com/ for downloadable checklists to ensure that your event is sustainable.

Managing your churchyard: Look at films from Caring for God's Acre.

Mob Grazing: For an excellent summary of the benefits of Mob Grazing, see Christine Page's page at https://smilingtreefarm.com/blog/mob-grazing.

Practical Action: Rugby-based charity with resources on global engagement for churches at https://practicalaction.org/support/fundraise/group-church-or-club/churchservices/ 

Resources for Rural Churches: https://www.congregational.org.uk/buildings-and-property/rural-church-buildings

Where to see the UK's favourite animals: useful information published by the Premier Inn website!

Garden Recycling Tips from Thompson and Morgan: click here

Reconciling a Wounded Planet: Do visit this website to read about our 2015 Conference at Coventry Cathedral. Also @RawpCoventry to see recent Tweets and our very active and informative Facebook page

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Courses and Conferences


Bishop's Certificate in Discipleship and Mission: Creation Care

This module, through consideration of scripture and science, looks at God’s creation, our place in it and the hope that we have for the future in a time of environmental crisis. By the end of the module, you should see that care for the environment is integral to our call as Christians to discipleship.

The next Creation Care course runs in June /July 2019. Registration details can be found by following this link:  www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister

It has been offered so far at St John's,Westwood (May 2017), St Edmund's, Shipston (October - November 2017) and St Barbara's, Kenilworth (March - April 2018)

Christian Rural and Environmental Studies

  • This two year Certificate course provides an opportunity to study rural and environmental issues from a Christian viewpoint. It will be of interest to all with a personal or professional concern for the environment and countryside, rural communities and churches. There are no entry requirements. If you would like to consider joining up for the coming academic year in August 2019, click here for information about CRES Admissions.
  • The Revd Chris Goble writes: 

    I had decided that, after so many years since formal education, it was time to stretch my brain again! I had picked up a leaflet about CRES (Certificate in Rural and Environmental Studies), which met three times a year at Cuddesdon, for 2 Saturdays and one Friday-Saturday residential, and therefore was 'doable', was £395 a year (the course is over 2 years) and felt it was important to do this. It was then essay writing and diary writing (for 6 courses), followed by a 5000 word piece with presentation (I did the piece on rewilding).

    I have been ordained now for twenty years, four years within an urban setting, the rest within the countryside. This course, though, is not only for those in a rural setting. I believe it would have benefit for everyone who wants to reflect theologically on the world, the creator God, and issues that effect the whole of humanity and the whole of created order. It would sit against that type of teaching that is, in my view, anti-Biblical, that all faith is concerned about is the 'spiritual' and we leave the 'physical' to the secular. I commend this course to anyone who longs to think deeply, more information is on CRES – Christian Rural & Environmental Studies and I would be happy to talk to anyone further about it. Rev Chris Goble (01608 682282 or ilmingtonrectory@btinternet.com)

  • Congratulations to Chris on the award of his Certificate in Christian Rural and Environmental Studies on 2 September 2017 at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

  • For more information, contact the Diocesan Environment Officer (Godfrey.Armitage@covcofe.org) who is a CRES Tutor.


Eco Church: Building for the Future: this day conference at St Luke's, Holloway 2nd March 2019 provided an opportunity fro delegates to deepen their understanding of caring for the earth, to hear from others and share ideas about what’s possible even in a constrained building space (e.g. Listed status) or with limited finances

Rewilding - A Christian Perspective: following this excellent day on Saturday 27th April at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, the next Day Conference will take place on Saturday 16th November 2019.

Working towards a net Zero Carbon Economy, ran on 8th July 2017 at St Michael's House, Coventry Cathedral with Keynote Speaker Revd Dr Darrell Hannah from Operation Noah. To view the talks on YouTube:

Working Towards a Net Zero Carbon Economy Keynote Speaker: https://youtu.be/aU1S9NHVojo

Working Towards a Net Zero Carbon Economy Short Presentations: https://youtu.be/qTC87c0Vlyw

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Recommended Texts

Bauckham, Richard (2010) Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation DLT Books

Berry, R.J. (ed.) (2000) The Care of Creation IVP

Berry, R.J. (2011) Ecology and the Environment Templeton Press

Bookless, Dave (2008) Planetwise IVP

Bookless, Dave (2010) God doesn’t do waste IVP

Ede, Paul (2013) Urban Eco-mission Grove Books Ltd. E169

Hodson, Martin J. & Hodson, Margot R. (2008) Cherishing the Earth: How to care for God’s Creation Monarch Books

Hodson, Martin J. & Hodson, Margot R. (2015)  A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues BRF

Hodson, Martin J. & Hodson, Margot, R. (2017) An Introduction to Environmental Ethics Grove Books Ltd. E184

Houghton, Sir John. (2009) Global Warming: The Complete Briefing Fourth Edition Cambridge

Hulme, Mike J. (2009) Why we disagree about Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity Cambridge

Jackson, Tim (2009) Prosperity without Growth Routledge

Jones, Bishop James (2003) Jesus and the Earth SPCK

Jones, Meegan (2009) Sustainable Event Management earthscan (or 2nd Edition, publ. 2014)

Lester, Eloise E. (ed.) (1975) Ecology and Christian Responsibility The Community of the Cross of Nails, Coventry Cathedral

Moo, Douglas J. & Moo, Jonathan A. (2018) Creation Care: A Biblical Theology of the Natural World Zondervan

Moo, Jonathan & White, Robert (2013) Hope in an Age of Despair: the gospel and the future of the earth IVP

Northcott, Michael S. (2007) A Moral Climate: the ethics of global warming DLT Books

Spencer, Nick & White, Robert (2007) Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living SPCK

Stuart, Tristram (2009) Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal Penguin

Valerio, Ruth (2008) Environment CWR

Valerio, Ruth (2008) L is for Lifestyle: Christian Living that Doesn’t Cost the Earth IVP

Ruth Valerio (2016) Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism Hodder & Stoughton

White, Robert S. (ed.) (2009) Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability SPCK

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Website Links

Also look on Other Websites (right hand panel)

A Rocha UK  -  http://arocha.org.uk/ 

Bats in Churches - https://www.batsandchurches.org.uk/

Bauckham, Richard   'Ecological Hope in Crisis?'   JRI Briefing Paper No. 23

Dave Bookless (2014) ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’  -  http://www.jubilee-centre.org/bible-and-biodiversity/

David J.C. Mackay (2009) Sustainable Energy – without the Hot Air UIT Cambridge Ltd -  http://www.withouthotair.com/

Christian Aid  - http://www.christianaid.org.uk/whatwedo/issues/climate_change.aspx

Christian Ecology Link - http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/  See below under Green Christian.

Christians in Science - https://www.cis.org.uk/

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland - http://www.ctbi.org.uk

Climate Stewards - http://www.climatestewards.org/

Eco Church: see https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/resources/

European Christian Environmental Network - http://www.ecen.org/

Government 25-year environment plan https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/673203/25-year-environment-plan.pdf 

Green Christian: Support in greening your church and world. Excellent information and Resources (leaflets) available from www.greenchristian.org.uk   Also see https://joyinenough.org/

Grove Books - www.grovebooks.co.uk

Law and your environment - http://www.environmentlaw.org.uk/

Operation Noahhttp://operationnoah.org/

Reconciling a Wounded Planethttp://www.reconcilingawoundedplanet.com/

Ruth Valerio at St Paul’s Cathedral - http://ruthvalerio.net/videos/just-living-christianity-in-an-age-of-consumerism/

Shrinking the Footprint - http://www.churchcare.co.uk/shrinking-the-footprint

Sir John Houghton (2007) Why care for the environment Faraday Paper No. 5  (4 pages downloadable) -  http://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/resources/Faraday%20Papers/Faraday%20Paper%205%20Houghton_EN.pdf

Sustainable Events Guide - http://www.seventeenevents.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/08/Sustainable-Events-Guide-final-1.pdf

The John Ray Initiative - http://www.jri.org.uk/ Download papers from this site on a range of important environmental topics

      - Summary by JRI chairman of talk on Climate Change by climatologist Katharine Hayhoe: http://www.jri.org.uk/blog/talking-climate-in-texas-and-living-to-tell-the-tale-report-by-rev-dr-john-weaver/

The Church and the Earth 2009 – 2016 - http://www.arcworld.org/downloads/christian-CofE-7YP.pdf

The Dispossession Project (Eco House) - http://www.dispossessionproject.org/eco_yellow_welc_1_1.htm 

The Rubbish Diet - http://www.therubbishdiet.org.uk/

World Wildlife Fund (Living Planet Report 2014) - http://wwf.panda.org/?229830/Solutions-still-in-reach-as-world-biodiversity-suffers-major-decline#


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