Monday 22 October, 7.45pm. The third and final conversation on Climate Change took place at St Anne’s between Richard Deverell, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Brother Sam, SSF.
Social Justice Forum meeting, Saturday 13 October, 10-12 in the Hall. Report to follow.
The next meeting will be on Saturday May 12th from 9 to 10.30 in the Lady Chapel, prior to Monique Simmonds talk to the Friends. We will be focusing on discipleship and climate justice.
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN KEW:
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS CHALLENGES.
We are all increasingly aware of the importance of better understanding of climate change and its implications for us all. As Christians, we have a particular responsibility to understand how it is affecting our fellow human beings in different parts of the world.
In conjunction with St Anne’s Social Justice Forum, Churches Together in Kew invites you to a series of three ‘conversations’ that address the scientific basis for recognising climate change and the nature of a faithful Christian response.
The first of these conversations took place on March 6th at The Barn Church. The speakers were Bishop David Atkinson and Father Nicholas King SJ and their topic was “Climate and Gospel” – the science of climate change and Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si: on care for our common home.
Bishop David Atkinson now retired as Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Southwark, was formerly Fellow and Chaplain of Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Canon Chancellor of Southwark Cathedral; Archdeacon of Lewisham; and Bishop of Thetford. David has taught theology in Oxford, lectured in the USA and India and has written a number of books on Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology. Among his titles is Renewing the Face of the Earth: A theological and pastoral response to climate change (Canterbury Press, 2008). He served for several years as a board member of Operation Noah, a Christian organisation providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing climatic threat and is now a patron of that organisation. During that time he led the theology group that created ‘Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church’ (2012), a document that challenges the Church to recognise that care for the world is central to its mission and fundamental to the Gospel.
Father Nicholas King SJ writes on the Jesuit website:
“ I was born in Bath in 1947. After I left school, I went up to Oxford to read Classics, with the firm intention of becoming a wealthy barrister after that. However at a particular moment, which I can date to within a few minutes, and greatly to my surprise, I realised that the only thing that I could do if I was to be happy was to join the Jesuits, who had taught me at Stonyhurst. That was 47 years ago, and (so far) I have seen no reason to change my mind… For the last twelve years I have been teaching New Testament and Greek at the University of Oxford, where I am at Campion Hall, the Jesuit house. Most recently I have published a translation of the entire Greek Bible into English, something that I can hardly believe. Before I came back to Oxford, I taught for many years in South Africa, which was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. Jesuits do all sorts of things, and our task is to do whatever the Church asks of us. .. Let me simply say this: if it is the life for you, then there is no better or happier way of life. But it must be the life to which God is calling you.”
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN KEW:
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS CHALLENGES
Ian Christie, University of Surrey and David Nussbaum, CEO of The Elders, in a conversation chaired by Chris Stephens, presented a highly informative and inspirational take on what Ian Christie called ‘Climate Disruption’. Ian Christie let us have these slides linked here
Ian Christie is a research fellow and coordinator in the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group in the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey. He has been a freelance researcher, adviser, teacher and writer on sustainable development and environmental policy, undertaking projects for central and local government, business and non-governmental organisations. He has also given policy advice to government ministers and officials on sustainable housing and climate policy, to the Diocese of Southwark on its environmental policy and has been a member of the advisory committee for the World Wildlife Fund’s global and national programmes.
David Nussbaum has been Chief Executive Officer of The Elders Foundation since October 2017. David graduated from Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities where he studied theology. He spent the early part of his career in the finance sector before moving to the not-for-profit sector in 1997. Starting at Oxfam, he became a Deputy Chief Executive and also served as interim head of its India programme. He then moved to Transparency International at its International Secretariat in Berlin, from 2002-2007 where he was Chief Executive and from there to the World Wildlife Fund, the leading global environmental organisation which operates in some 100 countries.