Creation care – let’s listen and share
by Ruth Whiter
On Saturday 16th June I will be at Southdown Methodist Centre in Bath at the ‘How Green is Your Church?’ conference.
I hope I’ll see plenty of friends from our Baptist network there. I know Kevin Durrant, minister of Keynsham Baptist Church, and his wife Ros will be there, because Kevin is a keynote speaker, and I’m going to be facilitating one of the workshops with Ros.
Kevin is brilliant at exploring God’s heart for creation, and our task of caring for it, in the Bible, and he’ll be doing just that in his talk.
Our Regional Team Leader Nigel Coles will be there too. He got us involved in this conference and he’ll be contributing to a workshop about church grounds and wildlife. Come along if you want to find out about Nigel’s other life as a birdwatcher!
The local MP, Wera Hobhouse, will also be there, and this event is part of the ‘Speak Up’ week of Climate Action.
The workshop Ros and I are leading is about lifestyle. I have to admit this is not the most comfortable subject, for two reasons:
- I do not take care of God’s creation into account in many of the decisions I make, either day to day (buying food with too much packaging) or year to year (investing in renewable energy, for example)
- Where I have made a bit more effort (eg using an old fashioned milkman and recycling every single bottle top) I’m wary of showing off about it. Most of these decisions have suited me anyway, if I’m honest.
Some of you may have noticed my article in Baptists Together magazine about living without a car. (If not, you can read it online here) This is definitely in that latter category. My aim in writing was not to say ‘you could all live without cars too’ but to share one or two observations that you can only make if you’re in the position of finding alternative ways of getting from A to B.
I’d like to think that when we come together on the 16th June, we’ll have a wonderful opportunity, not to show off about the green things we’re doing as churches or individuals, or to feel inadequate, but to listen and share what we’ve learned from our different experiences. Between us, I’m sure we have the knowledge and experience to be a very green church indeed.
How Green is your Church is at Southdown Methodist Centre in Bath on Saturday 16th June.
The cost is just £5 per person including lunch. You can pay on the day, but please register now at http://wegreenchurch.org.uk/