ARE you a Christian with an interest in ecology?
If so, a five-week Bible and Ecology Course taking place in July could be just the right opportunity for you.
The online course will be facilitated by Rev. Ruth Newton on behalf of the North East Churches Environmental Group. It will get under way on Thursday July 1st, and will take place on five consecutive Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9pm.
It will look at how Christianity is responding to the challenge of the Climate Crisis, and explore the connections between ecological concerns and faith. It will ask if the Bible helps or hinders us when thinking about creation-care, and if salvation is just for humans?
Using online material from the University of Exeter, participants will have the chance to hear from expert theologians in this area, followed by discussion in a local group.
Rev. Newton is parish priest of St John's, Sharow, near Ripon, and author of Greeningthelectionary.net. She is studying for a Doctorate in eco-theology and mission, and is a member of the Church of England General Synod and Area Environment Champion for Ripon Episcopal Area (South).
To register, contact the North East Churches Ecumenical Environment group on this email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited.
Here is what previous participants said about the course:
"This course has helped to pull to gather lots of disparate thoughts I have had on the environment and enabled me to place them on a strong Biblical framework."
"I've found it really helpful to try to see eco issues form others' perspectives. Thank you Ruth for your excellent facilitation."
"The group discussion on the course has been really stimulating. I have learnt a lot from others."