Here are some events which may be of interest to you ...
Faith & The Environment Events
The Coat of Hopes visit to Lincolnshire!
From September 17th 2022 for two weeks, the Coat of Hopes visited the streets of Lincolnshire, the cathedral, schools and churches. The coat is a beautiful piece of shared art. It was carried from the south coast of England to Glasgow on the shoulders of pilgrims, arriving at the start of COP26 in 2021.
Artist and instigator Barbara Keal describes the coat as follows:
‘Sewn into it are hundreds of pieces of blanket - the patchwork hopes, of a people for their land. In the patches you will find griefs for the loss of species, remembrances of landscapes irreversibly changed, prayers that our hearts can expand to welcome those displaced by climate breakdown, hopes and dreams of joy in nature, of safe and sustainable access to fresh food, of safety and freedom to play for our children, and for the children of all beings.’
The coat has a song which explains its purpose, and can be found at https://www.coatofhopes.uk/song-coat-of-hopes. Among hundreds of others, Sandie Stratford from Lincoln wore the coat on its 600 mile journey. You can view amazing stories and tributes on the website https://www.coatofhopes.uk/films
The programme of events for the coat is listed below.
Coat of Hopes Itinerary – Lincolnshire 17/09 – 2/10 2022
Sat Sept 17 - Museum of Mental Health, at Bridge Central and downhill street work based at St Benedict’s
Sun Sept 18 - Monks Rd Methodist church 10.30am St Hugh’s for coffee 11.30am
Mon Sept 19 - Holy Trinity Boston 9am, Tower Rd Academy
Tue Sept 20 - William Stukeley school, Holbeach, Whaplode after lunch
Wed Sept 21 - Spilsby
Thu Sept 22 - Grantham St Wulframs
Fri Sept 23 - Hub Sleaford, schools visits
Sat Sept 24 - Hub Sleaford, public visits
Sun Sept 25 St Botolph’s church 11am
Mon Sept 26 - Fri 30 Lincoln Cathedral Guilds Chapel
Sat Oct 1 - EarthLincs 12 noon till 2pm at Mint Lane cafe, then uphill streets and Castle Square
Sun Oct 2 - St Giles church, Lamb Gardens 10.30am; walk to St Peter in Eastgate for bring and share lunch 12 noon; Evensong 4pm at Cathedral for Creationtide
Recordings of F&tE webinars
Building Back Better 1 - What Role for the Church?
Our first BBB event for church leaders in Lincolnshire event took place on 17th September 2020. Andy Atkins, CEO of A Rocha UK, was our main speaker. You can download his talk here (100Mb).
Building Back Better 2 - 'Getting your Church Going!' with Dr Ruth Valerio, Tearfund.
Our second BBB event for church leaders in Lincolnshire took place on 12th February 2021. Dr Ruth Valerio and Billie Anderson of Tearfund introduced us to the 'Climate Emergency Toolkit'. You can explore the toolkit here -
A video of the event is available here (133Mb)
An audio file is available here (60Mb)
A MS Word file with the links provided in the chat is available here
Building Back Better 3 - ‘How big is our footprint?’ with Caroline Pomeroy of Climate Stewards
If we are to reduce our carbon footprints we first need to understand what they are, how they are made up and how can we make the biggest impact in reducing them. Caroline Pomeroy is Environmental Advisor for the CofE Diocese of Bath & Wells and has an MSc in Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability. She worked previously for Tearfund in Ghana, and spent 3 years in Rwanda, working with various environmental and community projects. This event helps us to understand our carbon footprints; national, church & household, and how to measure and reduce it.
A video of the event is available here (240Mb)
There is no audio only file as much of the event involved a presentation demonstrating of the use of a website and showing various graphs.
Building Back Better 4 - Helping Christians to engage constructively with MPs & Councils.
Besides her work for Hope for the Future Rachel Mander is Theology and Churches Officer for A Rocha International. She also worked at the Westminster office of an MP.
Hope for the Future is a charity which works to equip communities to communicate the urgency of climate change with their local politicians. They can help us to build the effective relationships with MPs that can sometimes prove challenging.
Our individual action is critical both symbolically and because ‘every little counts’. But individual action alone can’t bring about the big reductions in carbon emissions that are so urgently needed in order to meet the Paris Agreement to limit warming to 1.5 degrees, to mitigate the consequences of continued global over-heating. With the UK hosting the historic COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November 2021, this is a crucial year for churches to fully engage.
The recording of the event is not publicly available. However the slides from the event can be viewed here.
Building Back Better 5 - Preparing for Climate Sunday
A home-grown workshop with input by leaders from different church denominations to explore, share and develop resources that will be helpful for a 'Climate Sunday' service (see www.climatesunday.org), as an event where the 'climate and ecological emergency' is acknowledged, and our response as church and as individuals is reflected upon in the context of biblical principles and worship.
You don't need to have been to our previous Build Back Better events, but if you glance at our website www.faithenvlincs.org/ you'll get a sense of the resources available.
Sian Wade (Transform Lincoln) is the Zoom host, the chair is Sarah Spencer (Diocesan Environment Officer), Melanie Carroll introduces the Bible reflection, climate scientist Ben Richards (YWAM & www.climateintercessors.org) speaks about the importance of prayer and Sandie Stratford introduces the action discussion.
You can download the video of the event here (549Mb)
A list of the suggested websites is available here
Pilgrimage from North Kelsey to Biscathorpe - Saturday May 7th 2022.
Starting at North Kelsey Moor: Moortown House Farm we walked to raise awareness of the climate emergency and the folly of extracting new fossil fuels from the heart of Lincolnshire. The total distance was just short of 20 miles on the Viking Way. The churches en route welcomed us allowing us to spend a few moments reflecting on the beauty of God’s earth.
1 - Should Christians Break The Law As Climate Protest - Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA)
2 - TEARFUND’s explanation of the importance of the recent IPCC Report
Julia Kendall, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate, in Tearfund’s Global Advocacy Team, answers questions about IPCC AR6 & COP26, and what we can do. You can listen to this talk here (23.3Mb, approx. 12 minutes)
Events by Other Organisations
Green Christian produces a new resource called "Plenty!" - a faith-based resource offering insight into the links between the economy and the environmental crisis".
This is material for use in discussion groups which provides material for six different sessions. More details can be found here ...
Lincolnshire’s very own Climate Exhibition can be viewed digitally, and will be available for display as soon as venues open. Initiated by Extinction Rebellion Lincolnshire, this exhibition was created for Lincoln Climate Commission www.lincolnclimate.org.uk by graphic designer Carolyn Puzzovio and funded by Transition Lincoln.