Environmental Sciences

Led by

Martin & Margot Hodson

Where can we find Christian hope in the environmental crisis and how can we have an influence that will change attitudes towards it?

Next Meeting:
November 4, 2021
Location:
Woltersdorf, Berlin
Following Meeting:
March 25, 2021
Location:
Domaine des Courmettes, Southern France

Environmental Sciences

As Christians, our responsibility for creation care can frequently be forgotten or neglected. But as followers of Jesus, we should have a wide perspective of our duties before God, which includes our relationship with the earth and its creatures, over which God gave us authority. Indeed, just like we live in a broken world, God's creation is also groaning and waiting for its renewal. Our relationship with the environment is complex. God has entrusted it to us, so we should neither exploit it nor deify it. Instead, we must cooperate with God in his creation. We must conserve it while at the same time develop its resources for the common good. In this way our work can become an expression of our worship to God as our care of creation reflects our love for its creator.

“It seems quite inexplicable to me that there are some Christians who claim to love and worship God, to be disciples of Jesus, and yet have no concern about the earth that bears [God’s] stamp of ownership. They do not care about the abuse of the earth and indeed, by their wasteful and over-consumptive life-styles, they collude in it. …God intends…our care of creation to reflect our love for Creator.” (Chris Wright, quoted by John Stott in his book Radical Disciple)

This Cross-Current Group is for young Christian adults who are working in the field as young professionals in business, agencies, civil services, NGOs or as researchers in academia. The meeting programme for the group is very much driven by the interests of participants. Topics covered include:

Creation and evolution

Environment and politics

Hope and environment

Biodiversity and creation care

Climate change

Meetings comprise a mixture of biblical study & reflection, lectures, visiting speakers and field trips - including a trip to the A Rocha centre in southern France. Participants are also encouraged to present on certain topics and to write short articles for publication in partnership with the John Ray Initiative.

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Environmental Sciences

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Where can we find Christian hope in the environmental crisis and how can we have an influence that will change attitudes towards it?

Led by

Rodica Rosior

Next Meeting:
November 4, 2021
Next Meeting:
March 25, 2021
Location:
Domaine des Courmettes, Southern France