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CEL Conference 2004
Sat 9 October - Coventry
THE RAINBOW PILGRIMAGE
The title recalls God's everlasting promise to every living creature in the rainbow covenant. (Gen. 9.8-17)
PROGRAMMEMorning Conference in Methodist Central Hall
9.15 Doors open for registration
9.45 Welcome: Tim Cooper (CEL Chairman)
9.47 Prayers led by Rev Jenny Dyer
9.55 Conference introduced by Rev John Kennedy.
10.00 John Hougton: 'Reading the signs of the times: the latest science and the response to date'.
10.25 Audrey Meyer: 'Equity and survival: a gameplan for the 21st century.'
10.45 John Cridland: 'More for less? Sustainable wealth for all on a carbon budget.'
11.05 Questions to all three speakers chaired by Revd. John Kennedy.
11.30 Trewin Restorick: 'Playing it cool. Ideas for a low-carbon lifestyle.'
11.50 Paul Bodenham: 'Introducing Operation Noah: CEL's climate change campaign.'
12.00 Plenary panel
12.30 Networking Introductions and Information on afternoon events.
Procession and Service
1.45 Procession assembles in Lower Hall
2.00 Procession from Methodist Central Hall to Cathedral
2.30 Service in Coventry Cathedral
4.00 Tea at Methodist Central Hall
4.30 CEL Annual Members' Meeting, Methodist Central Hall
THE MORNING CONFERENCEin the spacious Coventry Methodist Central Hall, from 9.45am to 12.40pm, will feature, in order of speaking:
Sir John Houghton FRS, Chairman of the John Ray Initiative and eminent meteorologist and Christian, with an update on the latest climate change science
Aubrey Meyer, of the Global Commons Institute , explaining the contraction and convergence' policy which holds out the best hope for a just response to global warming
John Cridland, Deputy Director-General of the CBI exploring how business can act on climate change
Trewin Restorick, Director of Global Action Plan, presenting ideas for ways in which you can make a difference
Rev John Kennedy, of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland will chair the conference. Rev Jenny Dyer will open the conference with prayer.
Specially arranged activities for children will take place during the morning conference. See the Families Welcome section.
THE RAINBOW PROCESSION
After lunch we process through the streets of central Coventry to the ruins of the old Cathedral, destroyed in World War II and preserved as a symbol of reconciliation.
Bishop John Oliver will preside at a special Service in the new Coventry Cathedral at 2.30pm. Children from Coventry and Warwickshire schools will sing songs from Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo'.
Dr David Hallman , who co-ordinates the World Council of Churches climate change programme, will join us for the day and give a talk during the Cathedral Service.
CEL ANNUAL MEMBERS' MEETING
We walk back to Methodist Central Hall (Bull Yard, Warwick Lane, Coventry) for tea at 4pm followed by CEL's Annual Members' Meeting at 4.30pm. All are welcome to attend.
DISABLED ACCESSMethodist Central Hall has a lift giving access to all floors. Disabled access to the Cathedral is possible but you will need directions if you cannot manage steps.
Inter@ctive will run a programme of activities, for children aged 5 to 11, in a separate room at Coventry Methodist Central Hall while the morning conference is taking place. Inter@ctive is the ecumenical children's work team of Coventry city centre churches. We need to charge £2 per child to cover cost of materials. To book children in for these special activities please fill in the booking form. You will then be sent a consent form to complete and return.
A morning crèche for children under-five will be provided. This will be free.
Please note a video may be taken of the day, including the procession. If you do not wish your child to be filmed please tick the box on the booking form.
HOW TO GET THERE
Coventry railway station is 10 minutes walk from Methodist Central Hall. The Bus station is adjacent to the Cathedral. Written directions will be sent to conference participants.
If coming by car we recommend you use the Southern Park & Ride scheme. You can leave your car at the Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road (A429). The bus drops passengers at Bull Yard right next to the Methodist Central Hall (stop H7). Buses run every 12 to 15 minutes.
WHERE TO STAY
Coventry Tourist Information provides full details of hotels and guest houses in the Coventry area, and a free booking service: see www.visitcoventry.co.uk or telephone 024 7622 7264. They will also send a leaflet giving more details of the Park and Ride scheme.
We invite all participants to come dressed in a rainbow colour, or to carry a coloured umbrella or piece of material, preferably according to the region where you live:
RED : London
We would like to have banners with designs on Noah or rainbow themes. If your church has a suitable banner please bring it along.
CEL is organising an Operation Noah poster competition. Some posters will be on display at the Conference. Visit: www.christian-ecology.org.uk/ competition.htm
CONFERENCE BOOKING FORM
Cost for the morning conference,
A simple LOAF LUNCH of baked potato, cheese, salad, fruit and drink, can be booked at a cost of £5 per person for adults (£4 per child) . The food provided will follow CEL's LOAF principles: L ocally produced, O rganically grown, A nimal friendly, F airly traded. (Cheaper sandwiches can be bought on the premises from Wesley's Café. Please note you can not eat your own food on the premises.)
Please return this form with your cheque to:- CEL Booking Secretary,
4 Spring Grove Walk, Burley, Leeds, West Yorks LS6 1RR.
I wish to book . adults at £12 per person for the morning Conference.
I wish to book ..lunches for adults at £5 per person.
I wish to book ..lunches for children at £4 per child.
I wish to book children (aged 5-11) at £2 per child for the Inter@ctive children's activities in the morning.
I wish to book . FREE children's places in the morning creche.
o If a video is made of the day's proceedings I do NOT wish my child to be filmed. .........
I enclose a cheque for £ ..
(Please make cheques payable to CEL.)
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