Workshops

In addition to our two keynote talks, there will be a rich selection of workshops, most of which will be offered both in the morning and the afternoon. You will therefore be able to participate in two of the workshops listed below.

1

Question Time: A Cross-Party Political Conversation about the Environment

In our own version of Question Time, you will have an opportunity to ask questions of and engage in a debate with local, Cumbrian politicians, who will be available to talk about their vision for how we might care better for our common home, and to discuss the challenges we face in doing so.

Participants

Sue Hayman (web)Sue Hayman has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Workington since May 2015. She has served as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since February 2017, having previously been Shadow Minister for Flooding and Coastal Communities and an Opposition Whip. Before her election, Sue worked as a community relations consultant, and was a member of Cumbria County Council for the Howgate division, 2013–2015. She is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Nuclear Energy.

Jill Perry (web)Born and brought up on a traditional Cumbrian hill farm, Jill Perry trained as a teacher of modern foreign languages and taught in many West Cumbrian schools. She was an activist with Friends of the Earth for over 20 years, mainly on energy issues, nuclear power and climate change, before deciding that political change was desperately needed and becoming involved in the Green Party over ten years ago. She makes jam for a living, working for a small artisan company.

2

Working with Natural Processes: Experiences from Wild Ennerdale

This workshop will be a mix of presentation and group activities, which will explore what natural processes are, challenges and benefits of working with them, examples from Ennerdale and parallels between working with natural processes and the Holy Spirit.

Workshop Leader

Gareth Browning (web)Gareth Browning lives with his wife in Cockermouth in North West Cumbria. He works as a forester with the Forestry Commission and has been a founding partner in Wild Ennerdale, England’s longest-running ecosystem restoration project, which is often cited as an inspiring example of rewilding. Gareth is passionate about inspiring people to work more closely with natural processes and has published papers on wild cattle and wild rivers. He also is a keen photographer, canoeist and cyclist.

3

Seeing Beyond the View

There is a sense of the divine in the mountains that many sense, whether they are of any faith or none. Yet it’s easy to miss God’s spirit in an age when everything is named, mapped and planned. This workshop aims to explore how we can more fully experience the things less visible, the ruach or breath of God, in the mountain environment. Weather permitting, we will go for a short walk to sample this exploration of the Holy in nature.

Workshop Leaders

John Fleetwood (web)John Fleetwood is a founder of Mountain Pilgrims. Based in the South Lakes, John is a lifelong mountain lover, having done many ridiculously long mountain runs and walked the Alps from end to end in 2015. In 2016, John established the Lakeland Pilgrimage and has featured on BBC TV, radio and the Kendal Mountain Festival.

Paul Rose (web)Paul Rose is a founder of Mountain Pilgrims who was trained and commissioned with the Church Army. Having been a life-long lover of adventures in the outdoors, the broad vision for his ministry was to encourage people to ‘explore spirituality and the Christian faith through outdoor activities’. Currently, he is working out this vision, in part through youth and community work with the Penrith Methodist Church.

4

Standing Together with Those Most Vulnerable to Climate Change: Practical Responses for Churches

Right now, millions of the world’s poorest people are feeling the worst impacts of climate change, and experts predict more floods, drought and extreme weather patterns to come. But together we can restore God’s Earth. This interactive workshop will explore how churches can lead their communities to act through giving, campaigning and praying. During the session we will collectively create a card for your local HSBC, to ask them to stop funding fossil fuel in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia, three countries incredibly vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate.

Workshop Leader

Laura Jones (web)Laura Jones is Christian Aid’s regional coordinator for Cumbria, and her work is to empower individuals, schools and churches in Cumbria to transform the lives of the world’s poorest people. Laura has a passion for climate action and has led her own church in taking practical action and hosting local campaign events with the community and MP.

5

Eco Church: Getting Started and Being Successful

The aim of this workshop is to help people work through the initial audit and use it to create a viable action plan. It will include lots of examples of tried and tested projects that other churches have engaged in successfully.

Workshop Leader

Pam Martin (web)Pam Martin has been an assessor for Eco Schools and Eco Congregation/Eco Church for more than 15 years. She has been a passionate advocate of living more gently on the earth for all her adult life. Pam’s garden has been part of the National Garden Scheme as ‘a sustainable, organic garden for wildlife’. She is features editor of The Lakeland Gardener, the journal of the Lakeland Horticultural Society (Holehird) where she also writes widely on environmental issues.

6

A Precious Gift, Not Just an Environment: Some Biblical Perspectives on Creation

This workshop investigates biblical perspectives on our earth, which is presented not just as nature or the environment in which we happen to find ourselves but as God’s creation and gift to humanity. We shall explore some of the ancient writers’ astonishing perceptions and reflect on the implications they might have for our own relationship and engagement with the world in which we live.

Workshop Leader

Christian Learning websiteKarl Möller is Vice-Principal of the All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry. He has many years of experience of theological education, having worked for Cumbria Christian Learning and the Universities of Cumbria and Gloucestershire. He has written widely on the Old Testament, including Genesis, the Prophets, the Psalms and the Song of Songs. Karl is passionate about environmental and social issues and what the biblical writings may have to contribute to our contemporary concerns.

7

Green Journey: The Five Easiest Ways to Reduce Your Church’s and Your Own Personal Carbon Footprint

This is a very practical workshop with some good take-home actions for individuals and churches. It covers issues such as food waste and travel as well as buildings and electricity.

Workshop Leaders

Jemima Parker (web 2)Jemima Parker works part time as the Environment Officer for the Diocese of Leeds. In a voluntary capacity she chairs a local group working for transition to a low carbon economy, Zero Carbon Harrogate. She worships best outdoors, running or on a mountain bike.

Mark Rudhall

8

Using the World Heritage Site Status for the Good of Rural Cumbria

The title is basically self-explanatory. It may be important to stress, though, that the emphasis is precisely on using WHS status not merely for the National Park but for the whole of rural Cumbria.

Workshop Leader

Jim Webster (web)Jim Webster farms in the south of the county. He is a trustee of ACTion with Communities in Cumbria, a church warden, and the chair of the local foodbank as well as being a writer and a freelance journalist. Jim is married with three grown-up daughters. His natural state is that his co-workers are Border Collies.

9

Romantic Illusions of Nature: Pathway to Heaven or Hell?

There has been a growing interest both in nature and in Christian mysticism, and writers such as Mary Oliver, Roger Deakin and Robert Macfarlane write increasingly of mystical, intangible experiences in nature. But there are also problems with an over-romanticised and idealistic personification of nature as a pathway to God. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our complex relationship with the wolf and the fox. Drawing on tales such as ‘St Francis and the Wolf’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, stories of wolves in Yellowstone National Park and urban foxes, this workshop explores whether a popular passion for nature represents exciting green shoots of a religious reawakening or something more sinister.

Workshop Leader

Andy Weller (web)Andy Weller’s relationship with nature began as a young child and has helped him through good and bad times. After his wife’s death of cancer, fell running and walking, and experiencing stillness in Nature, have helped him work through his grief. Andy is an Outdoor Counsellor and Associate Trainer with MIND. He recently completed an MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning with a dissertation on the spiritual and therapeutic aspects of the outdoors. For details about his outdoor counselling business see http://www.andyweller.co.uk. Andy is a practicing Quaker.

10

‘The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor’: An Introduction to Laudato Sí

Pollution, climate change and loss of species are frequent topics in today’s headlines; so too are poverty, social justice, and the exploitation of the poor. In his encyclical, Laudato Sí, Pope Francis connects these issues. He shows how, as different aspects of the image of God disfigured by our greed, ‘the cry of the earth’ is inevitably ‘the cry of the poor’.  In this workshop, Peter Hampson will briefly outline the contents of the Pope’s letter, put its message into a wider context, and facilitate a discussion of how we are called to change.

Workshop Leader

Peter Hampson is currently a Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol, and Honorary Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. A Chartered Psychologist and a theologian, he has scholarly and research interests in theology-psychology dialogue; moral psychology; religion, theology and interdisciplinarity in higher education and culture. Peter’s most recent project (with Gavin D’Costa, Zoë Lehmann Imfeld, and William Abrahams), the Bloomsbury, Religion and the University series, explores relationships between theology and other subjects and topics in the modern university. The latest volume in this series, guest edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser, is entitled Theology and Ecology across the Disciplines: On Care for our Common Home.

Please follow the links at the top for further information about the day, or click here to book your place.

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