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Saturday, October 1, 2016
A call for churches to do more to save the planet
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¬†Christian Ecology Link's 25th anniversary celebration, Storm of Hope, takes place on Saturday 7 July at All Hallows by the Tower Church, EC3. Dr Cooper, a founder member of Christian Ecology Link and its current chairman, said: "The church needs to focus more on protecting God's creation from abuse. This is no longer a fringe issue. If we are not taking care of the planet we cannot be loving our neighbours." He said: "environmental threats are as grave as when Christian Ecology Link was formed 25 years ago." Dr Cooper wants to urge church leaders "to be more vocal in confronting the minority of churches which preach a message which suggests that God rewards Christians by making them rich. God will meet our needs, but we must never forget that Jesus taught us to sell possessions and give to the poor." He invites Christians and other environmental campaigners to attend the event, Storm of Hope. "We have a fantastic line up. Mary Grey is a prominent theologian and a long time supporter of CEL; Ann Pettifor, Operation Noah Campaign Director, who spearheaded the Jubilee 2000 campaign; Dave Bookless, Director of A Rocha UK and based at their water and nature rich Southall site; Chris Walton, editor of CEL's magazine Green Christian, Peter Day, the voice of BBC Radio 4's In Business programme. Alison Adam (Iona Community) is leading worship. Workshop leaders include: poet Sarah de Nordwall (London Bard School), Jo Rathbone (EcoCongregation), Nicholas Grey (Wells for India). Sarah is a well-known poet and has been very busy with Spirit in the City, the Bard Tent and performing in the House of Lords for the UN Rapporteur on Religious Freedom and belief. She is writing a poem especially for the event which will reflect our new vision for the future. There will also be an exhibition of CEL's first 25 years and some of the organisation's earliest members will be there to share their memories of how CEL began. Dr Cooper said: "Come and help Christian Ecology Link stir a Storm of Hope, a day of action, reflection, celebration and renewal. There's something for everyone - worship, music, poetry, speakers, workshops and debate, plus memories of beginnings and inspiration for now and the future." Storm of Hope takes place on Saturday 7th July from 10am to 5pm at All Hallows-by-the-Tower Church, Byward Street, London EC3R 5BJ (nearest tube: Tower Hill). Tickets £12 CEL members. £17 non-members. Contact 01542 33858 for details. Visit www.christian-ecology.org.uk for more information and booking forms.
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