Love the Street evangelism training in Norwich
Organised by the Care of Churches and Lay Development teams from the Diocese, the event was opened by Chris Naylor, A Rocha's International Director.
Chris gave a global overview of the current state of the natural world, and whilst this was a fairly depressing picture at present, it is certainly not without hope. Ruth Valerio from Tearfund then reminded us why, as Christians, it is our duty (and joy) to care for the environment, if we believe that God created the world and saw that it was good.
Workshops included Brother Sam, from Hillfield Friary, sharing some Franciscan Spirituality, and Emily Nobbs from NWT showing the rich and precious biodiversity of our churchyards, which are often the only habitat of some very ancient plants and fungi.
In the afternoon Julian Bryant from Christian Aid set up a skype link to two Christian Aid workers based in Bolivia and the Philippines who gave us firsthand accounts of people living with the daily struggles against climate change. Ruth Valerio talked about the ways to become an Eco church, to which we should all aspire, and Nigel Cooper gave practical advice about making our buildings sustainable. We also heard from Julia Hanmer from the Bat Conservation Trust, who had some valuable advice about how to manage the bats in our churches.
In the atrium there were stalls to browse from Green Christian, Mini-Scrapbox, Traidcraft, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and more.
It was a hugely positive and uplifting day made all the more special by the wonderful venue of the Green Britain Centre and their delicious vegan lunch. Everyone left feeling encouraged and all the more resolute to do more to preserve God's beautiful creation.