Keynote speaker: Nicola Peel
Saturday 8 June 2019, 10am – 4.45 pm
Brighthelm, Brighton BN1 1YD (near the station)
You are warmly invited to attend our interactive event where, in the light of the challenges facing us from the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss, we will explore our spiritual sense of connectedness to the earth and the actions we can take to contribute to earth and human flourishing.
Nicola Peel is a winner of the People’s Environment Award, filmmaker, speaker and ‘solutionist’ who has been working in the Ecuadorian Amazon for 18 years. She is passionate about biomimicry, which shows that nature is our greatest teacher.
Nicola will show us examples of solutions to environmental problems, found in tandem with local communities. These not only provide solutions to the issues, but also enable communities to flourish. Nicola will also address a range of practical actions that we can all take in our daily lives to contribute to the solutions rather than continuing the damage humans are inflicting on our life systems.
Participants will be invited to attend two out of four workshops:
1. Green Grace. The practice of presence and the power of pause in the greening of things.
An African wisdom saying nudges us: “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is today.”
This workshop will seek to engage participants with the active- contemplative dimension of garden as microcosm; with the awakening and deepening of the call of the Spirit to quiet change and an integral balance between effort and rest, wonder and wisdom.
Facilitator: Philip Roderick. He is founder of three networks: The Quiet Garden Movement, which now has over affiliated 300 Quiet Gardens in different parts of the world, together with Contemplative Fire and and Hidden Houses of Prayer.
http://www.quietgarden.org http://www.contemplativefire.org and http://www.hiddenhousesofprayer.wordpress.com
2. Top Tips for taking personal action to protect the earth
Exploring in greater detail the practical actions that Nicola suggests are most helpful, starting with divesting from fossil fuels and moving your energy company, supporting small, organic fair trade business, and saying no to Tetra packs as well as plastic.
Facilitator: Nicola Peel (see above).
3. “Saving the world is a spiritual matter”
When faith talk focuses on the afterlife and environmental talk focuses on reduction of stuff, is it possible to find a way of engaging with the challenges facing the world that is joyful and affirming of life? What does spirituality bring to environmental action?
Avoiding negative, reductive language is a tough discipline, but at Brighthelm we are determined to discover an approach grounded in faith in God who promises life in its fullness, developing a vision of a world where all living beings flourish in the peace and love of God.
In this workshop, we will explore some of these issues, drawing on our own experiences, spirituality and faith stories. How do we understand the spirituality that is part of our environmental concern? What are the stories that give us hope and in what ways do we put them into practice in our lives? Is it possible to find a way of engaging with the challenges facing the world that is joyful and affirming of life? What does spirituality bring to environmental action?
Facilitator: Alex Mabbs is minister of Brighthelm Church and Community Centre in Brighton. He also facilitates Open Sky Forest Church and is a trustee of Operation Noah. Alex has been to lots of protests against all sorts of things. A minister of the United Reformed Church with a brief to explore Christian environmentalism, he recently started Earth Church, which aims to explore environmental action in the light of the life and teaching of Jesus.
4. The Great Water Challenge
Water is life. It is present in everything we eat, all our work, and what we shall become as a species. We will explore the impacts of climate change on water and sanitation issues and propose operational courses of action in developing countries, and for our lives.
Facilitator: Sandy Elsworth is a Geologist and Hydrogeologist now supporting water projects across Africa. He has been a Water Resource consultant over the past 30 years, and has assisted courses of action for climate change adaption and mitigation in the UK.
Event musician: Philip Roderick
Event fee: £16.50/£11 for those with low income. We have kept the ticket prices as low as possible to enable wide participation. We would ask that if you are able to pay the full price then please do so. If you wish to, please also make use of the facility provided to make a small additional donation to contribute to costs.
Booking link: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/461951
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Print version of event poster: http://www.livingspirit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/brighton_poster_for_printers.pdf
Print version of event information: http://www.livingspirit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/flourishing_event_brighton_info_sheet
Tea and coffee will be provided at 10am and 2.30 pm. Please bring your own lunch or buy from one of the plentiful local shops and cafes.
Information tables will be available for people to display details of projects related to the themes of the day.
This event is a collaboration between Brighthelm, Earth Church, Living Spirituality Connections and Spirit of Peace.