Bishop Christopher Lowson

The Bishop of Lincoln will set the scene for the day by speaking from his experiences last year at an international conference in Fiji where he met people who are already being affected by global warming.  Please see information about his experience here.

Bishop Graham Cray

Bishop Graham will give a keynote address.  He was previously Archbishops’ Missioner and Leader of the Fresh Expressions Team, after serving as Bishop of Maidstone.   Active in Frack-free Ryedale, he lives in Kirby Misperton, where permission has been given for fracking.  In the afternoon he will discuss this controversial technique of fossil fuel extraction.

Dr Vicky Dunn, Project Director, Grimsby Community Energy (Community Benefit Society number 7356)

Grimsby Community Energy work to reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions by promoting local generation and harnessing, managing and supporting the funding of community renewable energy projects.  More information is available here.

Mark Schofield, Conservation Officer, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Mark is a Conservation Officer at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and involved in Living Landscapes. Across the UK, Wildlife Trusts now have more than 100 Living Landscape schemes, where nature conservation work is helping to put wildlife back on the map outside our protected nature reserves and with the help of a wide range of partners and communities.   Please see the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s web site here.

Rev Andrew Hall, St Catherine’s Church, Burbage, Leicestershire

Bringing experiences of transforming a church to become more eco-friendly, the community at St. Catherine’s will share how they won an A Rocha Eco Church Gold Award.  Please see here for more details.

Judi Perry – Divestment from fossil fuels

Judi is Christian Aid’s  Regional Co-ordinator for Lincolnshire.  She will facilitate discussion in “Open Space” about disinvestment from fossil fuels, a subject which links well with the Christian Aid “Big Shift” campaign.  See their web page for further information:  The Big Shift.

Billie Anderson – Switching to Green Energy suppliers  

Billie is a member of Tearfund’s UK Campaigns team.  She will facilitate discussion about switching to green energy suppliers.  Tearfund and Christian Aid help to promote the “Big Switch” campaign to help individuals and churches to use electricity  from renewable energy suppliers.   For more information please visit The Big Church Switch.

Rev Alan Robson MSc FRAgS – Food supply chain in Lincoln/shire

Alan is a Methodist Minister in Lincoln South Circuit and Ecumenical Canon of Honour of Lincoln Cathedral; he has been the Agricultural Chaplain for Lincolnshire for 16 years.  Part of his work relates to the 2016 report “A Food Strategy for the City of Lincoln” from the University of Lincoln.  He presented to our previous conference in May 2016 on “Sustainable Agriculture”. Alan will facilitate discussion about the food supply chain in Lincoln/shire.

Melanie Carroll – ‘Forest Church’

Melanie is owner of Unicorn Tree Books and Craft in Lincoln.  She has an interest in ‘Forest Church’ and is convenor of Lincoln Forest Church.  Many people describe transcendent moments in nature where they feel connected to something bigger than themselves and Forest Church is a way to explore that connection within community.