Environmental resources

STOP PRESS: Caring for Creation teaching and ideas at the Eco Church and Cherishing Churchyards meetings in March at St Andrew's Rugby and in April at St Peter's Wellesbourne. Download the posters at the foot of the documents section on the right for details.

Section 1: Worship and Teaching Resources

Section 2: Courses and Conferences

Section 3: Recommended Texts

Section 4: Website links

Book now for Rewilding - A Christian Perspective. A day conference at Ripon College, Cuddesdon on Saturday 27th April 2019. An excellent opportunity for learning about Christian attitudes to conservation, for CMD and for meeting others involved in care for creation.


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.

Excellent resources available in the Church of England Environment Programme Summer 2018 eNews can be found at http://www.churchcare.co.uk/images/E-news_summer_2018.pdf?ct=t%28spring+2018+newsletter_COPY_01%29

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

Christmas shopping with a difference: Show someone you care by giving a Gift with a Difference. Something meaningful. Something that will not get thrown in the bin. Something that brings hope for them and the planet! Visit http://shop.arocha.org/ 

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/

Christian Aid Harvest Time 2018: a solar panel project for Ethiopia. How about using this in conjunction with the 2018 Creationtide worship resources? See Documents (Right panel)

Lent 2019 Resources from the Church of England Environment Group. Click on Plastic-free Lent in the Documents window and also see the CofE website resources.

Season of Creation: From September 1 to October 4 2017, Christians around the world prayed and cared 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 following years.

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/

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

Grow fungus as a team activity in your church using Kew's Grow Wild kit to grow edible fungi. Click here for further details. Could this count towards your Eco Church points? See Kew’s @GrowWildUK campaign.

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.

Watch this space for the next Creation Care course which is due to run in June /July 2019. Registration details can be found by following this link:  www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister. Watch this space!

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. While the course is currently fully subscribed, you might consider joining up for the next academic year in August 2019.
  • 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: a day conference at St Luke's, Holloway 2nd March 2019. If you haven’t been to a conference already – or even if you have – this event will provide an opportunity to deepen your 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

Book now for RSA Warwickshire: How Low Carbon is your Community? Harbury Energy Initiative and the RSA aim to bring together local communities in the region to share ideas and solutions for local actions to limit climate change. For details, click here

Rewilding - A Christian Perspective: a CRES Day on Saturday 27th April at Ripon College, Cuddesdon

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

A Rocha UK  -  http://arocha.org.uk/ 

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/

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

Grove Books - www.grovebooks.co.uk

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

Operation Noah - http://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/

      - 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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