Training Opportunities

We aim to provide a range of training through the year to help you and your church with creation care mission and ministry. You can find more information about courses, book on events and browse resources on the Diocesan Learning Platform

Environment Webinars

Eco Surgery Drop-ins

Welcome to a new season of drop in chats aimed at helping you and your church with your Coffee cup and mobile phonemission and ministry to care for God’s Creation. How can your church can make a positive impact on the environment and your local community? Got questions about worship with a creation care theme, energy efficiency and church buildings, churchyards, community engagement, funding or campaigning? Simply join any of the drop in sessions below at your convenience. No need to register in advance.

Click here for Zoom link information.

 

Diocesan Environment and Literature Book Club

Open bookWhere is God in all this? Meeting monthly across the Diocese to share opinions and views .

The current scientific opinion is that human activity is damaging our planet’s ability to support life. There are calls to ‘ act and act now’ from many campaigners and activists. What point could there be, then, in just reading and writing? If the way we speak and write about ourselves and our world has the power to influence how we define ourselves and  ultimately the way we act, then reading and writing may be the pathway to repositioning the environment as central to our discussion. We may reconnect with our planet by putting the natural world firmly back into our thoughts. 

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th April from 7.15 - 8.30pm online via a Zoom link. In April, the Leeds Diocesan Environment Book Club meets for a second time to discuss further aspects of David Attenborough’s remarkable mission, as witnessed in A Life on Our Planet: Part Two. More information here. The link will be emailed to interested participants the day before the meeting. Please register your interest to cajack1 [at] gmail.com (Christine Jack).

 

Creation Salvation

An opportunity to be equipped to deliver an effective creation care ministry in your parish. It will enable you to make a positive impact on the environment and in your local community, draw up a zero carbon action plan and progress towards an Eco Church award. 

This course is designed for anyone in parish ministry who would like to see creation care embedded in the life of their church. You are welcome to attend if you are a member of the congregation or if you have particular role for example Parish Environment Officer, PCC member, Clergy, Reader, Churchwarden or Treasurer.

Participants will be required to join the Diocesan Learning Platform (Moodle) to access course materials and the class discussion forum. There will be some preparatory work set in advance of each session, with options for the length of tasks required.

Click here for more information. The next course will run in autumn. Please email charlie.scott [at] leeds.anglican.org to register your interest.

 

The Hook Lecture: A New Moral Ecology for a World where Climate Catastrophe is Real

The Hook Lecture stimulates debate around an issue of faith in the context of Leeds. The event is organised jointly by Leeds Church Institute, Leeds Minster and School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science at the University of Leeds. 

28th April, 7.30pm - 9pm. Speaker: The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward. 

This is a free event, but booking is essential. For more details and to book, please click here

 

Climate Change – Theology, Ministry and Action

A mini-series intended to help resource this in our theological thinking, in our worship and preaching, and in our action. Attend the whole series or just one event.

Thursday 13th May, 2 - 3 pm: Preaching on climate change
Thursday 27th May, 2 - 3 pm: Missiology and climate change 
Thursday 24th June, 2 - 3 pm: Where to go next with your church eco mission
Saturday 3rd July, 10.30 am –-12pm: Words for a Dying World: Stories of grief and courage from the global Church 

Click here for full details and to book.

 

Past Events

What on earth are we doing?

An exploration of God’s relationship with His creation. St Mark’s Church, Harrogate, invite you to view a three session B.R.I.C.K course led by Jemima Parker, Environment Officer for the Diocese of Leeds. 

Created: What is the purpose of the natural world? (Watch video here)

Covenanted: Are God’s covenants only with people? (Watch video here)

Commissioned: What is our role in creation? (Watch video here)

 

Environmental Mission Training Day 8th June 2019 - St Mark's, Harrogate

Bishop Paul Slater speaking to the audience

God’s creation is in trouble and consequently so are we. People are speaking up: students coming out on climate strikes; councils such as Leeds, Kirklees, Otley, Harrogate declaring climate emergencies; Extinction Rebellion protests; even David Attenborough has spoken up and called for action. But what would Jesus do? And what should my church do?

Read about the training day here.

Explore the links below to see the presentations and hear the talks from this training day:

What is the current environmental crisis? - Martin Bassant, Scientist with Social Responsibility. Listen here 

Jesus Lord of Creation: A theology for environmental mission - Jemima Parker, Diocesan Environment Officer. Listen here

How to change the parish and save the planet! - David Hughes, Climate Stewards Chair and Eco Church speaker. Listen here

Workshop All Creation Sings! - Christine Jack. Notes

Workshop Working in the community on climate action - Michelle Hayes and Jemima Parker

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