Events Elsewhere in the Diocese
For a list of events elsewhere, please see recent e-bulletins posted on the Oxford Diocese website at this link.
Diocese of Oxford with CCOW and Wessex Synod
Session 3: 'Creation Care - Working with the Wider Community'
(3 June in Reading for Berkshire)
This session is for anyone who is already working alongside local community groups or talking with their MP on environmental issues ... and anyone who isn't yet but would like to begin!
In the morning, we’ll join with local community groups to focus on work together: Who are the groups in our area? What are they doing? What would community groups like to see from the churches? What do churches have to offer? Alice Hemming from Community Action Groups Oxfordshire, which networks local groups in Oxfordshire, will lead the Oxford session - and both in Oxford and in Reading, we'll aim to hear from representatives of local groups, as well as from churches that have experience working with them.
The afternoon will be led by Jo Musker-Sherwood of Hope for the Future. Hope for the Future is doing groundbreaking work on how churches can develop positive relationships with local councillors and MPs on local and wider environmental issues, including climate change. The Climate Coalition said of them: "Through their constructive approach to supporting constituency meetings with MPs, Hope for the Future have an almost unique insight into what makes MPs tick and how to find common ground." Jo will be leading an interactive workshop, with lots of time for discussing specific questions you may have ... and time for working alongside others in your area to think about how you might engage local politicians.
Session 4: 'Creation Care: Buildings, Grounds & the Big Picture'
(8 July at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Oxford)
This final session covers practical questions (building works, switching energy suppliers, churchyard biodiversity projects, etc), campaigning opportunities, and also how churches can engage more widely with the 'Big Picture' drawing on resources mentioned in earlier sessions.
The first part of the day will take the form in part of a 'festival of opportunities' - various groups and organisations will be present. offering short talks and exhibits. The second will involve time to plan going forward - what might next steps for your church look like? Where might you find support for undertaking them?