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Honey and Thistles

Honey-and-Thistles-Cover-ProofHoney and Thistles. Biblical wisdom for the renewal of farming.

NEW BOOK from the Agriculture and Theology Project! Honey and Thistles. Biblical wisdom for the renewal of farming. Christopher Jones & John Martin, Agriculture and Theology Project, 2015. £8.14 including postage. MORE DETAILS AND HOW TO ORDER

Contemplative Activists: living in God’s heart for justice today

Greg and Ruth Valerio

Greg and Ruth Valerio

Contemplative Activists: living in God’s heart for justice today

Saturday 25th April 2015, 10.00am to 4.00pm – CRES (Christian Rural and Environmental Studies) Day at Ripon College Cuddesdon nr. Oxford with Greg and Ruth Valerio. Open to all.

PROGRAMME includes:

Greg Valerio on “Putting Down Roots – earthing ourselves in the spiritual life” and “Making Trouble – fighting for justice in the jewellery industry”

Ruth Valerio on “Food and Faith – eating well in a hungry world”

For more details and booking download the Programme Details.

The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism

The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism

The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism

The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism

JRI members, Martin and Margot Hodson, have just published the Grove Booklet “The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism”. Details on how to obtain a copy can be found HERE

Mission and Creation Care

Mission Creation CareJRI is pleased to announce the publication of a small group study and discussion resource – Mission and Creation Care for Christian Disciples. These five studies are designed to challenge our understanding of Christian discipleship and encourage us to practice sustainable lifestyles including the care of creation. This resource is offered in association with Tearfund, and the studies have been developed by John Weaver, Chair of the John Ray Initiative, and who has recently helped Tearfund in exploring their theology of mission. The resource materials consist of Leaders Notes and participants’ Study Booklet, both of which are available for free download in a variety of formats including e-book. Click here for further details and links to the download options.

Is it ethical to invest in fossil fuels?

DivestmentJRI has long been interested in climate change. It is now clear that we need to leave most of the remaining reserves of fossil fuels in the ground if we are to avoid dangerous levels of global warming (many scientists say a maximum of two degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial temperature). To do that we need to move away from burning fossil fuels and rapidly move on to renewable sources. The snag is that the fossil fuel companies show little sign of making this move. Many institutions, including churches, hold large investments in fossil fuels. Should we continue to hold these investments when climate change is so damaging to our biodiversity and to human wellbeing? In the last few years there has been increasing interest in the idea that we should encourage divestment (or disinvestment) from fossil fuels. The Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) is due to report to the Church of England on this issue sometime this year.  February 13/14 has been designated as Global Divestment Day.

Operation Noah have been very much leading the campaign for divestment in the churches on the UK. They asked JRI personnel, Martin and Margot Hodson, to contribute to a group of reflections on divestment that they have gathered from Christian theologians, scientists and environmentalists. The other contributors are: Nicky Bull, Revd Dr Susan Durber, Revd Fletcher Harper, Dr John M. Hull, Andy Lester, Bill McKibben, Revd Prof. Michael Northcott, Thea Ormerod, Ellen Teague, and Revd Dr Simon Topping. There are three resources that have arisen from this work:

1) Is it ethical to invest in fossil fuels? How can environmental ethics inform our decision making? by Martin J Hodson and Margot R Hodson on the JRI Blog.

2) A fairly short press release sized document summarising all the contributions: HERE

3) The full document with all of the contributions: Is it ethical for the Church to invest in fossil fuels? Reflections from Christian theologians, scientists and environmentalists.

Climate Change and the Gospel

Bishop David in studyBishop David Atkinson has been at the forefront of theological thinking about climate change. He has recently produced a major paper, “Climate Change and the Gospel”,  for Operation Noah and he has asked if we could reproduce it. The paper can be downloaded HERE or from http://operationnoah.org/resources/climate-change-gospel/