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Christian Ecology Link presents 

Storm of Hope 

Saturday 7 th July 2007

11 am to 5 pm (Doors open 10 am )
All Hallows by the Tower Church,
Byward Street, London EC3 (map) near the Tower of London

10 am Registration, coffee, networking, viewing exhibition of CEL's past, informal worship and music.

11 am Service of celebration and thanksgiving led by Alison Adam of the Iona Community.

11.30 am Storm of Hope Forum to tease out the challenges of today, with Mary Grey (Eco-Feminist theologian), Ann Pettifor (Campaign Director Operation Noah), Dave Bookless (National Director A Rocha UK ), Chris Walton ( Green Christian editor), chaired by Peter Day (Radio 4 presenter).

2.00 pm Afternoon Groups first session.

3.15 pm Afternoon Groups second session.

4.30 pm A toast to celebrate CEL's first 25 years with live music, and a final collective act of worship to equip us for the challenges ahead.

5.00 pm Close.

Afternoon group sessions.

These are planned around the four themes of the day. Each session will run twice. You will be able to note your preferences on the booking form.

Letting loose hope :

  • Mary Grey will talk on 'The Outrageous Pursuit of Hope', followed by discussion.
  • Sarah de Nordwall is a bard with a bard school with a mission to entertain and energise through insight, humour and delight.  The 'Healing of the Cosmos' is not an impossible dream. Christ has obtained it, and in His work we participate. Come and experience how the poems and stories of a contemporary bard can evoke that glorious freedom of the Children of God for which Creation Waits. (Access via steep staircase.)

Empowering agents of change :

  • Ann Pettifor will brief us on Operation Noah's strategy to cut the carbon. She will engage with participants in discussing how the Operation Noah climate change campaign can be an agent of change locally, nationally and globally.

  • Three short presentations will be given, followed by discussion, on how we can be empowered to be agents of change from three different perspectives: Dave Bookless of ' A Rocha' for the natural world; Jo Rathbone of ' EcoCongregation ' for the local church; and Nicholas Grey celebrates 20 years of ' Wells for India' - work and prayer with Gandhian Partners. (Access via steep staircase.)

Pioneering practical discipleship and Equipping prophetic witness : A selection of mini-workshops are offered, so-called because the groups will be small. If you select the 'mini-workshops' option you will be able to choose on the day which one you would like to attend. Each session will last one hour.

The sessions include:

Practical ideas on taking action:

  • EcoTeams sample session.
  • How to set up a local CEL group: CEL's local groups co-ordinator John Vivian.
  • Working together: faith and secular: Roy Tindle of the London 21 Sustainability Network and London Churches Environmental Group.

Equipping our prophetic witness :

  • Explore how we read the Bible and our own prayer lives: Chris Walton.
  • Discuss earthing worship.
  • Breaking the silence: forum for writers, speakers and preachers, and those who'd like to give it a try: Paul Bodenham.

All Hallows by the Tower Church, Byward Street, London EC3 (map) near the Tower of London The nearest Tube Station is Tower Hill Underground Station , which is on the Circle and District lines


Christian Ecology Link, Registered address: 3 Bond Street, Lancaster LA1 3ER. (Reg. Charity No. 328744. Company Reg. No. 2445198.)

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