Christian Ecology Link
CEL is an ecumenical organisation. It also has denominational subgroups: "Denominational teams".
Methodist Team Page
The aims of the Methodist Denominational Team are:
- To enable people to become aware of Methodist Church resources about the environment.
- To help where necessary with the loan of material that is no longer in print.
- To publicise environmental activities that are being carried out by individual Methodists both within and outside the church.
|Creation Challenge - Methodist-URC Environmental Network website
||The Interface Discussion Website run by Methodist Church with Environment Section - Now archived, but useful links
News / Archive
The Methodist Church has "Conference" each year when decisions about the church are made. In 2011 it is taking place inthe first week of July in Southport.
On Monday 4th July, The Methodist Conference agreed that failure to acknowledge the
urgent need for radical cuts in greenhouse gas emissions was "morally irresponsible" in a statement adopted by the Church.
Here are some useful links
The church launched a page about reducing the carbon footprint in
small medium and large churches -
The Methodist church has a useful book(let) 'Hope in God's Future' about climate change which was was produced in 2009 (It costs £5-00 or you can download it free) - You can use it for discussion groups.
and you can read the report at http://www.methodistconference.org.uk/media/44055/36..pdf
Lower down the statement it includes (amongst many
other sections) the section:-
4.8 The need for action in relation to other environmental issues
In addressing the issue of climate change, we must also recognize that it is only one of
many environmental issues requiring attention by our Churches: related issues include
* threats to biodiversity;
* water shortages;
* depletion of non-renewable resources; and
* the impact of rapid rises in human population.
Climate change is but one manifestation of the impact of a global industrialised economy. Action in response to climate change will ameliorate the impact of some of these environmental challenges, but it is also required in these other areas.
Christian Discipleship in the Context of Climate Change
It is now possible to buy this book from Methodist Publishing House for £5-00 or to download the pdf file (60 sides,= 15 double sided A4) . There are study guides explaining how a group can study the book in one evening, in twoeveingings or as a day event.. I think for it to be useful everyone needs to have read the report and study guide before the study session.
||4 Nov 2009
The Impact of Climate Change & our response - The United Reformed Church is hosting a day exploring the joint URC and Methodist report on climate change theology: ‘Hope in God’s Future’ on Wednesday 4th November at Carrs Lane URC, Birmingham .
This summer this major report will be launched via the Creation Challenge website. The report was debated at the Methodist conference and is to be to be debated further in circuits and districts with a view to it becoming a Statement of Conference in 2011. Hope in God’s Future debate at Methodist Conference - July 2009
||Bristol Methodist District Eco-issues webpage
||Jan 2008 - Dec 2009
||Visit the blog of the "St John's Methodist Church, Settle, Rainforest Fund Project."
||Free downloadable video:
||Methodist Church launches alternative credit card for Lent
||Lent or anytime
||What does the bible say about climate change? - Methodist Study pack- 2008 - downloadable
||Harvest Pack '07- from Methodist Church - El Salvador - Environment Problems. climate change - Useful resources, much of it downloadable.
10 July: Methodist Conference receive the report 'Caring for creation in the face of climate change', MDRF make a red footprint to show relative size of national carbon footprints. Report
||24-26 Nov 2006
||Church Stretton, Shropshire
|| ‘Think of a World…’ is an environmental conference to be held in Church Stretton, Shropshire from the 24 th to 26 th November . The conference will focus on climate change , impacts and action through key speakers, workshops, activities and an exhibition. Speakers include the President and Vice President of the Methodist Church Conference – Revd Graham Carter and Dudley Coates. There will also be a locally produced, animal friendly, organic and fairly traded café open all day on the Saturday. ‘Think of a World…’ THINK of the ways we and society impact on the Earth THINK what we want the world to look like in future years THINK how we can achieve this vision by taking action individually and working together PLEDGE with others to take action and learn more about how. The conference is being organised by the Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton District of the Methodist Church but everyone with an interest in the environment, climate change, and how we can take action is invited to attend and will be made welcome.
News May 2006
1) A UK Methodist-URC Environmental Network has formed. It has a website with news.
2) A new Methodist Website has been set up:The Interface is now live. The site provides a friendly space for Methodists to
discuss hot news topics and their implications for our faith.
3) Settle Methodist Church invites you to a wildflower walk and Medititaion for Environment Sunday on Jun 4th.
News Feb 2006
Methodist Study Pack 'Energy and Christian Responsibility', first published in July 2003 (See below), is now available at £3.50 from Methodist Publishing House, reduced from £7.50.Now that the Government has announced the Consultation on Energy Use and Sources, it is especially useful for groups and individuals wishing to study the issues involved.
The pack is still relevant although it was published in 2003, some of the detailed numbers may have changed, but the principles remain the same.
News: October 2005
John Anderson from the Shipley and Bingley Methodist Circuit is a local preacher. On 20 Oct He told the Bradford Diocese area Earthcare-Ecocongregation Meeting:
- how he had preached about the environment around the time of Environment Sunday (First Sunday in June).
- Now he has proposed that his Methodist church and each church in the Circuit should appoint an Eco-Officer (voluntary), just as each church has officers for Overseas Missions, Finance etc. He has written a job description for the post. His Church Meeting has adopted this proposal, as has the circuit.
- There will shortly be link to a copy of the job description
The Methodists and URC have together appointed a voluntary Network Co-ordinator, Gwen Jennings
News September 2005
West Yorkshorkshire District of Methodist Church produce book of prayers about the environment, written by people in the District: Cost £2-00 plus 35p p&P (discount for 10 or more) send cheque to WYS books, 19 Wentworth Court, Rastrick, Brighouse, W Yorks HD6 3XD 01484 719993
News: January 2005
"For the sin that has led us to misuse your gifts,
evade our reponsibilitites,
and fail to be good stewards of your creation -
Lord have mercy, Lord forgive"
Words from the Methodist Covenant Service, used at the beginning of each new year.
News: September 2004
UK Methodist Church signs Climate Covenant
News: July 2004
THe following "Notice of Motion" has just been passed at Loughborough at
THE METHODIST CONFERENCE June-July 2004:
79. Notice of Motion 19: Global Warming
This Conference, mindful of the Church's Environmental Policy, adopted in
2000 and recognising that the impacts of climate change are the greatest
threat to human survival and well-being for this and succeeding generations,
especially for the most vulnerable people in our world expressed the view
that Governments, including Her Majesty Government, have failed to address
the issue with the urgency it demands.
- endorses, in the line with the Churches Together in Britain
and Ireland's commitment, the Christian Ecology Link-initiated, 'Operation
"Human development stands at a crossroads. We invite all people of
good will to make a new covenant for the earth's climate with Operation
Noah, by declaring with us:
- world leaders must act to avert dangerous climate change and
give everyone fair access to fuel in a sustainable world economy.
- we ask the UK Government to lead negotiations
- we will take action personally to reduce greenhouse gas
- asks churches and individual Methodists to take up the issue
of climate change locally with Councils, MPs and then with all candidates in
the run-up to the General Election.
- directs the Connexional Team to guide Methodists to further
resources through the website and the Connexional Link Mailing.
Notes taken from the Report about Methodist Conference the Methodist Recorder July 8th 2004:
The notice of motion on global warming was proposed by the REV DR PAUL BEETHAM (East Anglia) and DEACON
GORDON WALLACE (East Anglia).
Dr Beetham described this as a justice issue. Deacon Gordon said one way of immediately acting
against global warming would be to support the RAINBOW PILGRIMAGE taking place in Coventry on
Saturday, October 9th, and promoted by the CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY LINK.
The Rev Paul Worsnop (Newcastle) said he believed global warming to be the most serious issue
facing the world. Even the Pentagon said it was the most serious issue for the future of the
world ... Mrs Anthea Cox (Co-ordinating Secretary, Public Life and Social Justice) said it was
hoped to produce a Methodist environmental net