Creationtide – Events and Webinars

A special season of services, events and webinar debates highlighting the accelerating  global climate and environment emergency, will be presented at York Minster throughout September and October – the Season of Creation (or Creationtide), the period in the annual church calendar dedicated to God as creator and sustainer of all life.
The season will also anticipate the crucial COP 26 UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow (31 October – 12 November), regarded by many as the final wake up call for world leaders to follow through on their commitments protect the environment to avert a catastrophic climate crisis.

Thursday 9th September at 7.30pm – Webinar
Speaker: Andy Atkins

Andy will explore a Christian response to climate crisis and reflect on whether the church can make an effective response to climate change.
Biographical details
Andy is Chief Executive Officer of A Rocha UK, a Christian organization engaging communities in nature conservation. He has been described as ‘one of the leading environmentalists’. He most recently led Friends of the Earth. Andy previously worked with Catholic international development charities CAFOD and Progressio, then set up Tearfund’s policy and campaigns work. He was a founder of the 2005 Make Poverty History campaign.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Telephone:    0203 481 5237 
Webinar ID: 862 0409 6026
Passcode: 466654
Thursday 16th September at 7.30pm – Webinar
Speaker: Canon Rachel Mass 

In this second of our series of looking at issues of Creation and Climate we will be joined by Rachel Mass from our link dioceses in South Africa. Rachel will bring a global perspective to our understanding of environmental change sweeping across our world.
Biographical details
Canon Rachel Mass is the provincial Environmental Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Angola and Mozambique). Known as the ‘Green Anglicans’ the movement has spread to Central Africa and East Africa and is now in 12 countries. She is the secretary of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network and on the steering committee of the Ecumenical Season of Creation steering committee.  She is a priest in the Diocese of Cape Town at Eluvukweni Church in Crossroads. She was awarded a Lambeth award – the Order of St Augustine – for her services to the Anglican Communion in the area of the fifth mark of mission – care for creation.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Telephone: 0208 080 6591 
Webinar ID: 873 9517 3785
Passcode: 260563
Thursday 23rd September at 7.30pm Webinar
Speaker:  The Revd Dr Peniel Rajkuma
Peniel will reflect on the need for a theology for Creation and Climate, and considers how Christians might consider these important issues.
Biographical details
The Revd Dr Peniel Rajkumar was appointed as the Global Theologian for USPG in a unique position that seeks to further the agency’s theological engagement with the world church. Peniel has a wealth of experience in facilitating ecumenical relationships as Programme Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation at the World Council of Churches. He has held teaching positions at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey and the United Theological College in Bangalore, and has written extensively on Dalit theology, missiology and interfaith dialogue.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Telephone: 0208 080 6592 
Webinar ID: 862 6683 9360
Passcode: 608051
Thursday 30th September at 7.30pm – Webinar
Speaker: Professor Peter Scott

Professor Peter Scott reflects on the planet which we inhabit, and how we view our place in the created universe.
Biographical details: 

Peter is the Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute, a centre for advanced research in religion and society at the University of Manchester and a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, USA) and part of its enquiry in Astrobiology. Peter is Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment and Co-Investigator for the ESRC-funded project ‘Life on the Breadline: Christianity, Poverty and Politics in the 21st Century City’.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Telephone: 0203 901 7895 
Webinar ID: 862 7185 5471
Passcode: 677869
Thursday 7th October at 7.30pm – Webinar 
Speaker: The Revd Dr Sharon Jones

From earliest times, we looked to the heavens and contemplated the Creator. From Hildegard of Bingen to Teilhard de Chardin, Sharon’s webinar will be an opportunity to walk alongside Christian mystics who have taken seriously the call to read the Book of Nature. Together we will contemplate how the stories we tell about creation shape our relationship to the universe, each other and the divine.
Biographical details
Sharon Jones is a priest and writer whose doctorate explored the theology of story. She is chaplain to the University of Birmingham and Lead Chaplain for Higher Education for the Diocese of Birmingham.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Telephone: 0203 901 7895 
Webinar ID: 874 7232 5035
Passcode: 026693.

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