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GCEJN began in the late 1990s with meetings organised and hosted by the Revd Kingsley Jones, the CofE's Environmental Adviser for Gloucester Diocese.  Kingsley was succeeded in 2010 by the Revd Dr Simon Topping (picture - below) who was employed by the CofE's Gloucester Diocese for one day a week and who made a big impact. More recently the Revd Arthur Champion has continued organising and hosting regular lunchtime meetings which are usually held at College Green alongside of Gloucester Cathedral.

Past meetings have covered topics such as:

  1. Eco-friendly features of St Aldates Church, Gloucester (site visit)

  2. Anglican theology of caring for creation

  3. Sustainablilty at the University of Gloucestershire (site visit)

  4. A new website for local producers of food and drink (http://www.glosfoodanddrink.org/)

  5. Environmental policy of the Commercial Group (site visit)

  6. Flooding risk in and around Tewkesbury

  7. Carbon fast during Lent 2014

  8. Travel plans for commuting at Zurich Insurance, Bishops Cleeve (site visit)

  9. The threat of fracking in the Cotswolds

  10. The UK's first zero carbon church (site visit)

  11. Christian ethics and UK Government policy on climate change

  12. How to communicate good news about the environment

We aim to disseminate a summary of each meeting and powerpoint slides - see "Past Meetings". Particpation is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested: preferrably by notifying Arthur Champion in advance for caterring purposes - see "Contact us". We are always pleased to receive ideas for future meetings and especially keen to promote examples of best practices which other churches or individuals might be able to adopt.

These meetings have become increasingly well-supported by Christians from a wide variety of denominations. The current key local contacts are: 

  • ‚Äč“A Rocha” (Christians in conservation) - Maria Wells

  • Christian Aid - Noel Sharp

  • Green Christians - Martin Davis

  • Methodist Church - Jerry and Sue Barr
  • Roman Catholic Church - Martin Davis