The Faith Forum for adults takes place in the Parish Centre Hall at St Helen's on the first Sunday of the month at 9.15am. Breakfast items are served from 9am. Illustrated talks are followed by the opportunity for discussion.  The Parish Centre is found at the bottom of the path through the churchyard opposite the North Porch of the church. The Centre is wheelchair accessible.
 


Faith Forum Autumn 2017

Care for the Earth

Speak to the earth, and it will teach you (Job 12: 8)

 

Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12:7-10)

As Christians we live in a covenant relationship with God and creation. Care for the environment and its living creatures is simply care for our neighbour writ large, and thus an integral part of our Christian discipleship and witness. This autumn and winter we will take four sessions to stop and consider our God-given imperative to care for the earth, and some particular ways that we may show that care.

 

3 September 2017

Care for the Earth: God’s and Ours

Jane Baun

  Download pdf handout here

I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you. (Genesis 9:9)

What does the Bible teach us about God’s care for the earth, the purpose of creation, and our place in it? Is there a theological imperative for the principle of sustainability, and how can we nurture ‘seventh-generation’ stewardship. 

 

1 October 2017

Reverence for Creation: the Franciscan charism

Jane Baun

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him.... Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us... (Canticle of the Sun)

St Francis of Assisi died on 3 October, 1226, almost eight centuries ago. Yet, his message about living lightly and with reverence upon the earth seems more timely than ever. The early Franciscans lived close to the earth in poverty, simplicity, and self-emptying—yet they were filled with joy. What can we learn from Francis about God’s purpose in creating both the world and ourselves?

 

5 November 2017

Understanding biodiversity: Operation Wallacea

Alice Charles and Clare Horden

Alice and Clare, sixth-form pupils at Rye St Antony School, will speak to us about their upcoming expedition to Honduras (July, 2018), where they will conduct biodiversity and conservation research under the direction of Operation Wallacea, an international scientific network. Young people are increasingly concerned about climate change, environmental degradation, habitat loss, and threats to biodiversity. Listening to their voices is vitally important.

 

3 December 2017

Examining our environmental footprint

Jane Baun, et al.

How environmentally friendly are we, as a parish, as individual congregations, as families, and as individuals? We will calculate our carbon footprints and examine our consumption habits. How long will it take before the mountain of disposable coffee cups we discard each year reaches the moon? What steps can we take to live more lightly and sustainably on the earth?

 

 

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breakfast foods 

Breakfast Bar opens at 9 am.

Talk begins at 9.15,  discussion follows,  done by 10 am.

 

All are welcome!