A look at how Christian hope, grounded in Scripture, can underpin ecology and the need for collective practical action on the planet.
These are truly challenging days for the planet. From climate change to species extinction and from population growth to loss of critical habitat – we are facing an uphill battle for the planet. Yet in the midst of uncertainty and struggle we are confounded by hope. Across the UK Christians are beginning to wake up to the need to act. Hilfield is one of many examples of practical action-where people power (together with some sound theology) is helping to shape a different future.
This event reminds us not only of the challenges we face; but critically it explains some of the real reasons to hope. With a combination of practical examples and a Biblical underpinning, Andy will take us on a journey which should leave us better informed, better equipped and most importantly ready to take action!
The conference will be led by Andy Lester who is the Conservation Director for A Rocha UK.
He is a chartered environmentalist with degrees in ecology and global economics. Andy is a prolific writer, speaker and practical conservationist. He is married to his South African wife Jacqui and lives near the New Forest with their four boys.
A Rocha UK is a charity committed to helping Christians in the UK to care for the natural world. We believe that God made the earth and that it is important to him. That is why we want to make nature –enjoying, nurturing and protecting it – a part of life for all Christians.
Hilfield Friary is a Partner in Action with A Rocha UK. A Partner in Action is an organisation dedicated to caring for the planet as part of their overall vision and ethos. Hilfield was also the first Eco Church Gold award winner. Eco Church is an award scheme of A Rocha UK for churches and Christian communities in England and Wales to demonstrate their care for God’s earth.
The suggested donation for the day conference is £10 which includes the conference plus a simple lunch of home-made soup and bread and tea & coffee. We ask people to Gift Aid their donation wherever possible.
We do not make a charge for guests to stay with us but any donation towards our life and ministry is gratefully received. Our ministry includes our work with the poor and marginalised in our country, as well as promoting Franciscan values of justice, peace and integrity of creation. We estimate that it costs £40 to host a guest per day but all your contributions enable our work to go on. Thank you for all your support and encouragement in many ways, however much you are able to give it is important to us that you come and share in our community life.