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March and April

Links to World/National News (More )
1 There were many Open Air Good Friday and Easter Events (Here are videos at Settle this year)
2 Useful links added to CEL weblinks page:
* Cath Bishops Conf (CBCEW) new Env page
* Lancs (Cath) Faith and Justice Env page
* Quaker Living Witness - Spring Magazine Earthquaker
* Y Papur Gwyrdd- Welsh Green Magazine

World Forests Day-was 21 March
See A Rocha International's Forests on Flickr Campaign -
Or watch this video on Forests


The Seven Weeks for Water campaign/series of studies will begin on 20 February and will be approaching World Water Day 22 March and Maundy Thursday with special resources - sign up! World Ecumenical Water Network

5 Proposed Christian Community:- Two CEL members aiming to establish a Christian community somewhere in the south/west of England.. read more..'
6 Westminster launches Catholic leaflet on environment
1 May Prayer Guide 25.4.12
2 Try out the beta version of CEL's new website:-
We welcome your feedback
3 Find out about Rogation Services (13 May) and Lambing Services near you 20.4.12
4 chindoxaApril Prayer Guide 27.3.12
5 The Nature Conservation Importance of Brownfield Sites 25.3.12
6 Notes on talks by Jonathan Essex and Chris Sunderland 24.3.12
7 Notes on talk by Mark Letcher 23.3.12
8 GorringeNotes on Tim Gorringe's Talk & Workshop at CEL Conference 20.3.12
9 jpJonathan Porritt at CEL's 30th Anniversary Conference- 150 people - reports and pictures 12.3.12
10 live below the lineLive below the Line- Can you live off £1 a day for food for 5 days? 3.3.12
11 soh 2012CEL's Storm of hope Brochure 2012 28.2.12
12 conferenceCEL's Upcoming 30th Anniversary Conf. - Press Release 27.2.12
13 MagnoliaMarch Prayer Guide 25.2.12
14 rainbowOperation Noah Ash Wednesday Declaration - A Call to the Church




Jan and Feb 2012

Links to World/National News

Planning for Lent? - Consider: 2012

  1. - daily actions and prayers for Lent -
  2. Anglican communion Lent Course: And it was Good - Responding to God's gift of Creation
  3. Lent 4.5 programme American
  4. Breathe Detox Lent Course

1 wheat hen apples loafPress Release: Living Life and LOAFing it
Use LOAF Foods for Pancake Day and Lent!
2 Use your LoafLOAF Letter Campaign - ask churches and hotels to use LOAF food 6.2.12
3 loaf displayHow to Make a LOAF Poster Display 5.2.12
4 Peach-a-tnon24 Hour Preach-a-thon in Aid of Ringsfield Eco-centre, Beccles. Please sponsor - 30.1.12
5 MarshallReport on 21 January CEL ecocell day at London 24.1.12
6 February Prayer Guide 24.1.12

December 2011

Links to World/National News (More )
1 Join in CPRE's "Count the stars in Orion" for National Light Pollution survey 20-27 Jan
2 Fountains Abbey Boxing Day Pilgrimage to to Fountains Abbey - Fungi, Flowers, Birds and Cellarium Song. Yorks.
3 A Catholic group from the North East has launched a Christian Census on Climate Change."We would like as many people as possible from as many churches (of all denominations) as possible to complete the questionnaire before the end of March" says Emma Casson. Click for questionnaire
4 Eco Church scheme in SW defies government cuts 13 Dec 2011.
5 It is now clear that humankind has no productive future on earth if we do not educate everyone to be responsible for the creation" says Pope, 28 Nov 2011
6 Desmond Tutu
COP 17
28 Nov 2011
7 WCC calls Durban a “last opportunity” to act responsibly for climate justice (23.11.11)
1 Uptdate of Environment Sunday page (3 June 2012) 6.1.12
2 woodstoveEncouraging Story 6.1.12
3 January Prayer Guide 19.12.11
4 London: CEL ecocell day 21 Jan - All welcome. Workshops and intro to course on Sustainable Living. Speaker: George Marshall. 9.12.11
5 Outside House of ParliamentPress Release, Report and Pictures of Climate Prayers, vigil and rally at London on 3 Dec 5.12.11
6 TreeHartley Wintney- 4th church in the 100 churches project - to donate extra to A Rocha Ghana by using the Big Give 5.12.11
7 leaf insect100 churches for habitats project 5.12.11
12 CEL AMM 2011Report on CEL Annual Members' Meeting 19 Nov: and Workshop 22.11.11
15 rio posterNew Year's Resolution articles for 2012 for parish magazines - or to think about yourself. also Notes on Rio 2012 New Dates:-20-22 June and Hyderbad 2012 - 1-19 Oct - UN Conv on Biol Diversity 14.11.11


November 2011


Elizabeth Rendall died on 19th November 2011. She was a very supportive member of CEL and represented CEL on the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) for many years where she was a leading advocate on environmental issues. Her funeral is at 11am on 1st December at our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Wanstead.
We are thankful for all the work she did re. Care of the Environment

2 20th November was World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims
3 Climate Justice Africa Mission - from Nairobi to Durban with Faith in Action -Youth Caravan - due to arrive in Durban for COP17 on Climate Change
4 Celebrate:- 31 Oct-2 Nov - Green Pilgrimage Network launch in Assisi - Duke of Edinburgh - WWF 50 Yrs old.
5 Stations of the Forests - on Youtube. Use this in your church or workplace. High res DVD at UK Columbans+ work book - download booklet


Above: Faith and the Environment - short video produced by Mary Colwell


Bearing witness Procession




Above: CEL at Oct 1st Climate Rally in Manchester

1 CEL Press Release: Prayers to be said for Durban and Climate at St Paul's choral evensong on 3 Dec after London Climate Rally 1.12.11
2 Barker Bexhill DurbanCEL Press Release: Minister - fight hard for Climate in Durban 26.11.11
3 CEL Press Release: Battle for the Planet in Bexhill (26 Nov)
4 December Prayer Guide 23.11.11

Climate Service and Rally on 3 December in London 2011.Prayers at St Mary-Le-Bow at (11 for) 11.30am. Rally to Parliament in afternoon.

Vigil at 11.30pm (Fri 2 Dec)-1am Sat. on shore of Thames near Millennium Bridge.

6 GC72 front coverNew Issue of Green Christian - just published Winter 2011 issue 72 19.11.11
7 rio posterNew Year's Resolution articles for 2012 for parish magazines - or to think about yourself. also Notes on Rio 2012 New Dates:-20-22 June and
Hyderbad 2012 - 1-19 Oct - UN Conv on Biol Diversity
8 Green Pilgrimage Network launched at Assisi 12.11.11
9 Treasure in the Field - Programme for CEL 2012 Conference in Bristol in March 8.11.11
10 How bad is Christmas? 2nd Article for your Dec Parish Magazine 8.11.11
11 GM Freeze AGM 2011 report 4.11.11
12 CEL News-Email - 31 Oct 31.10.11
13 Population Page updated 31.10.11
14 CEL Annual Members' Meeting 19 Nov: details including workshop: What's the gospel for the Greens 21.10.11


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Sept - Oct 2011

31 Oct 2011 - 7 billion people in the world day Each day the world population increases by 220,000 people. (A new Swansea or Salford every DAY). 12 years ago (1999) the population was 6 billion

1 Celebrate:- 31 Oct-2 Nov - Green Pilgrimage Network launch in Assisi - Duke of Edinburgh - WWF 50 Yrs old.
2. Stations of the Forests now on Youtube - Show this in your church or workplace. Send off to the UK Columbans for the high resolution UK DVD + work book - download booklet
3. Climate change threat to security and health - BBC 17 Oct
4. Let us give thanks for Wangari Maathai's life - Guardian pictures

On 1st Oct, on the day of Bearing Witness at Manchester, CEL members met and carried the CEL banner

1 November Prayer Guide - We invite you to print it and display it in your church 27.10.11
2 Report and pictures of CEL Ringsfield retreat 21.10.11
3 CEL Annual Members' Meeting 19 Nov: details including workshop: What's the gospel for the Greens 21.10.11
4 Poster for CEL Conference 10 March 2012 with Jonathon Porritt and Tim Gorringe: 19.10.11
5 CEL at Bearing Witness, Manchester - asking the government to keep its green promises - Pictures 19.10.11
6 How Good is insulating your loft? 16.10.11
7 How Bad is Spending £1? - article for your Nov parish magazine 16.10.11



salmon jumping

July - Aug 2011


Creation Time –is the time between 1st September and October 4th when churches, groups and individuals thank God for the wonderful world and its biodiversity, and think of our responsibility for it. Our prayer needs include agriculture, commerce, sharing, trade justice, animal welfare, soil and water conservation and many other aspects: Resources from:
Churches Together in Britain & Ireland

Creation time - Public event on Facebook

WCC - Eco-justice
WCC- Trees and Forests shall rejoice

2 The Anglican Communion Environmental Network has just met in Peru 4-10 Aug.
3 Report of Milton Keynes Christian Environment Group June visit to Church Farm Ardely
4 Methodists commit to Carbon Reduction Pledge at Methodist Conference - 4 July More details
1 Greenbelt 2011- Pictures and reports will be added here 31.8.11
2 September Prayer Guide - We invite you to print it and display it in your church 25.8.11
3 How Bad is Cycling a Mile? - article for your Oct parish magazine 14.8.11
4 August Prayer Guide 25.7.11
5 How Bad is a Mug of Coffee? 8.7.11
6 Church goes Wild - Lichens event at Hurst Green Church near Clitheroe. 6.7.11
7 Green prayer and sermon from Grassington 6.7.11
8 Green Lectionary Notes Updated 5.7.11
9 July 2011 Prayer guide now available 29.6.11

May - June 2011


CEL signs letter about climate change in curriculum - Guardian 21 June:- (As do operation Noah and WWF and manyother organisations)
"As teachers, college leaders, educationists, students, employers and representatives of trade unions and third sector organisations, we are worried by the proposal to drop climate change from the national curriculum -

Please consider signing (as an individual) :- People and Planet's petition:- Keep climate Change in School's Curriculum

2 World's Oceans in 'shocking' decline - BBC
3 Ruth Jarman of CEL Steering Committee wore a CEL t shirt ... ..when she joined many others in London at the demonstration on Monday 16 May...
(organised by Campaign against Climate Change)
4 “The Greenest Government Ever”: One Year On - A Report to Friends of the Earth by Jonathon Porritt - May 2011
5 Could you live off just £1 a day for five days? Join the livebelowtheline challenge during Become aware of how much we consume unnecessarily - and how difficult it is for poor people. "You learn a lot!" And get sponsored for a charity of your choice (within a range) that helps poor people.

1 Bishop Nick walks up Pen y Ghent to visit his Bradford diocese - and some of the flowers seen en route. 22.6.11
2 How bad are volcanoes? Article for August Parish Magazines 18.6.11
3 Florence Nightingale, sewers, forests and the future - Report on talk at Operation Noah Conference on 6 June 9.6.11
4 Contents of Green Christian 71 (Summer 2011) 30.5.11
5 How bad are bananas? July Parish Magazine article 30.5.11
6 Porritt at Cheltenham CEL 30.5.11
7 June Prayer Guide 28.5.11

Green Christian Summer 2011 Issue 71 (CEL's Magazine) will be distributed shortly. Associated with it are three articles printed online on this website:-
1. Sustaining Brampton: Social Ecumenism as Practised in an Era of Climate Change. - Lessons from Rural Cumbria - by By Revd Geoff Smith and Revd John Smith
Plant Insect-friendly plants by Rosemary Richardson and
3.Text of Peter Owen Jones talk 5/03/2011

8 Press release:- Cheltenham CEL Talk by patron Jonathon Porritt 25 May 21.5.11

CEL t-shirt at Climate Demonstration - No Back Tracking on Climate


globeflowers May in Yorks Dales.globeflowers

March - April 2011

1 Killer Jeans - Sandblasting denim kills-
2 CAFOD, on behalf of the Catholic Environmental Justice Group (CEJG), is recruiting for a Resource Officer Based at Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales ( London ). For more details, and details


Lent: where abstinence stands against consumerism- ICN report on CEL Conference 7.03.2011


Philippines-Palawan: environmental advocate and journalist shot dead - 24.01.2011

5 Christians at BBC urge Churches to speak out against World Service cuts ICN 14.02.2011

Faith and the Environment - short video produced by Mary Colwell
1 April Prayer Guide 28 3.11

Please read this: Urge Cameron & Clegg to deliver on the Climate Act In the next two weeks...

3 Text of Peter Owen Jones talk 5/03/2011 11.3.11
4 Notes on Greening the Church Workshop 11.3.11
5 Tim Cooper's Workshops on Green Economics 9.3.11
6 Pictures from CEL Conference 9.3.11
7 Churches' Inaudible Whisper Against Environmental Destruction- CEL conf Press Release 6.3.11


Prayer for Easter -

At this time of year we remember Jesus who suffered and gave his life in love for God and for the people of his time and for us - a "future generation" to him.

We remember people who are suffering today and giving their lives for love or for good causes

... (You will have your own ideas from the news)... but especially consider-

Nature Reserve Wardens in National Parks under threat of death from poachers

Tribal people and others under threat as Mining companies and Agribusiness move them from their land

Political leaders in areas of conflict, and innocent individuals trapped in between.

These people are subject to big pressures. But we at least in our every day lives can do small things:- Please help us to lead our lives remembering "future generations" and to make choices that will leave a better world - choosing to find ways of

  • conserving energy, (insulating houses, eating less meat,)
  • using renewable energy so reducing climate change,
  • conserving biodiversity - life support systems- species, habitats, soil, fisheries

In CEL's April press release ... CEL Steering Committee spells out facts and action re energy issues.

Jan - Feb 2011


Philippines-Palawan: environmental advocate and journalist shot dead - 24.01.2011 -;
Veterinary doctor, Gerry Ortega
, 47, (a catholic) .... ICN

2 Christians at BBC urge Churches to speak out against World Service cuts ICN 14.02.2011


Settle Churches Together Barn Dance raises money for Rainforest Fund Settle Churches Together Barn Dance
4 JRI January Newsletter is worth reading. Good reports of recent events.


Over forty CEL members meet to trial the new "ecocell 2" material "Journeys in carbon-free discipleship" on 6 Nov. See also ICN report
1 February's Grass of the month: Sheep's Fescue 28.2.11
2 March Prayer Guide 26.2.11
3 Press Release: Peter Owen-Jones - The Green Shoots of Sustainability 19.2.11
4 Press Release: Britain's Favourite TV Vicar Spills Happy News 31.1.11
5 January's Grass of the month: Red Fescue 31.1.11
5 Feb Prayer Guide 24.1.11
6 Comment on: "Food production needs to double by 2030 / 2050 in order to feed the world. " 24.1.11
7 Poster for CEL London Conference - Peter Owen Jones + Tim Cooper on 5 March.

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8 2011-UN Year of Forests and Tree Biodiversity 14.1.11




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