Working with Australian church youth to respond to climate change: improvisational drama as an educational tool
JRI is pleased to announce the publication of Briefing Paper No. 26 by Sally Shaw. This is the second of our briefings which has more of a social science research focus, and is therefore longer than usual at 20 pages. DOWNLOAD PAPER
With increasing evidence in Australia of climate change crisis, the focus of this research was young people. The hypothesis is that improvisation drama is an effective teaching tool that can influence the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of Australian youth attending church youth groups and encourage them to take action on the issues of climate change. The research methods were pre- and post- workshop questionnaires, drama activities, a visioning exercise and focus group discussions. Significant changes in the pre- and post- workshop questionnaires were recorded.
Sally Shaw is on the steering group for Friends of A Rocha and presently working on teaching materials for churches on why Christians need to care for God’s creation.
Sustainability and Ethics by Ian Arbon & John Weaver
The John Ray Initiative is pleased to announce the publication of “Sustainability and Ethics” by Ian Arbon and John Weaver. This 44 page paper has been produced in association with the Industrial Christian Fellowship. Ian Arbon is an engineer and was a former Chair of JRI, and John Weaver is a theologian and is the present Chair of JRI. After an Introduction by John Weaver the central section of the paper on “Approaches and Responses” is by Ian Arbon. This section is very comprehensive, and includes material on: Defining Sustainability; Development of the Concept of Sustainability; PESTE analysis (PESTE= political, economic; societal, technological and environmental); Technology; Politics; the Relationship between Sustainability and Ethics; Environmental Ethics; Business Ethics; and Sustainability and Ethics in Practice (from the field of “energy”). John Weaver then concludes the paper with a Theological Reflection. Here he has sections on: Seeking a way forward; Ethical perspectives; a Theological perspective; and Action for Christian disciples.
If you would like a copy of this paper please send a cheque made out to the John Ray Initiative for £3.50 (£2.50 plus £1.00 post and package) to JRI, Wotton House, Horton Road, Gloucester, GL1 3PT. For quotes on multiple copies or overseas orders please email email@example.com
The annual Redcliffe College / JRI Environment conference is on Saturday 1st March 2014. The conference theme is “Sustainable communities: what has the church got to offer?” The conference is now FULL. Please do not turn up on the day hoping to get in as we are now at the safety limit and can take no more!
Further details and links to brochure and booking form at Redcliffe College website.
Continue reading Conference on Sustainable Communities
The John Ray Initiative has joined together with A Rocha UK, Christian Aid, Christian Concern for One World, Christian Ecology Link, Climate Stewards, CTBI Environmental Issues Network, Operation Noah, Progressio, the Speak Network and Tearfund to welcome the debate on climate change and the environment taking place at the General Synod of the Church of England on February 12th 2014. You can see the motion that is being proposed by Southwark Diocese and a JOINT STATEMENT HERE.
If you are a member of the Church of England do get in touch with your Synod representative to tell them about the statement and ask them to support the motion. The list of members (Bishops, clergy and laity) can be found HERE
If you are on Twitter please use the hashtag #GSClimate to access news on the debate and to show your support for the motion.
Our latest newsletter is now online for viewing and download.
November 2013 JRI Newsletter
It is a double-length (8 pages) edition, with news of the forthcoming annual conference at Redcliffe College on Saturday 1st March 2014; the completion of our “Environment and Hope” project and its publication in a special issue of Anvil theological journal; the move of our office to Redcliffe College in Gloucester; the fifth IPCC report and the publication of Sir John Houghton’s autobiography; two reviews by Rev Keith Innes of other new books; and more.
Progress or Problem? Responding to Genetically Modified Food and Crops. The annual Redcliffe College / JRI Environment Day. Conference report now available including video and audio recordings, as well as Powerpoint slideshows.
GM crops and food report with video and audio files.