Programme 2017

“Faith and the Environment: Act Local; Think Global” Conference

The conference will show-case examples of things that we can do as individuals, church and in our communities, to live more justly and sustainably.  We want the conference to be interactive, with opportunities to engage in practical action.

For more information about presenters see Speakers.

Schedule and content:

9.30           Arrive, registration and coffee etc.  Opportunity to view displays & bookstall, and to network.

10.00        Introduction and welcome

10.05        Reflective space-time  Rev Dr Sally Myers, Principal, Lincoln School of Theology

10.20        Bishop Christopher Lowson The Bishop of Lincoln will set the scene for the day by speaking from his experiences in July 2016 at an USPG international conference in Fiji where he met people who are already being directly affected by global warming.  As a result of this he posted on the diocesan website:

“…I knew with my head, but now I understand… more with my heart… We’ve got to bend our backs to do something to meet our challenges… and work to try to play our part in reducing global warming.” (See links from here )

10.45        Keynote Speaker – Bishop Graham Cray (retired bishop of Maidstone)

Bishop Graham will give a keynote address with the theme “Faith and the Environment: Act Local; Think Global”.

11.30        Fair Trade Coffee etc.  Networking, visiting bookstalls and displays (Please bring your own mug)

12 noon   Two“TED” type presentations, intended to showcase practical action in sustainability and to encourage & support people into action.  Each followed by questions & discussion:

12.00        Dr Vicky Dunn (& colleagues) of Grimsby Community Energy Renewable energy projects for community groups/buildings).

12.30        Mark Schofield, Conservation Officer for Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.  Green space management (churchyards, gardens, community spaces) to promote biodiversity and sustainability.

1.00           Lunch.  Opportunity to network, and to visit bookstall and displays.

2.00           Two more “TED” presentations

                   Bishop Graham Cray – Fracking.  Bishop Cray has been actively involved in the anti-fracking campaign in Ryedale, N Yorks, and has written about the issue.

2.30           Rev Andrew Hall and colleagues.  EcoChurch.  St Catherine’s church Burbage, Leicestershire has achieved the Eco Church Gold Award.  Eco Church is a project of the Christian conservation organisation A Rocha, which encourages and supports congregations to think and act sustainably.

3.00           Open Space Discussion

Conference attenders will disperse to breakout rooms to engage in facilitated group discussion with one another to explore local, national and international environmental topics.  Topics to include the subjects of the TED talks, plus Disinvestment from fossil fuels; the Big Switch; Forest Church; Lincoln/shire food supply chain…  See more details at Open Space

4.00           Plenary & closing remarks with Rev Richard Steel, Mission Team Leader, Diocese of Lincoln.

4.15          Prayer and thoughts to conclude the day   – Bishop David Court, Bishop of Grimsby

4.30           Finish and Departure