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September 2018

Saturday 1st September 2018 Creationtide
1 September – 9 October
For the Orthodox Church 1st September is "a day of thanksgiving for the great gift of creation and of petitions for its preservation and healing". The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Day of Saint Francis (second Sunday in October). In between these two days many churches will be celebrating harvest.
 Day of prayer for creation.
This is also the start of ‘Organic September’... a parallel journey? The Green Christian group encourages the use of LOAF (a useful mnemonic) so why not try to make church meals using Locally sourced produce; Organic where possible; Animal friendly and Fair Trade
 Anniversary of solar storm 1859
A solar storm of this magnitude occurring today would cause widespread disruptions and damage due to extended outages of the electrical grid. The solar storm of 2012 was of similar magnitude, but it passed Earth's orbit without striking the planet.
Friday 14th September 2018 National Quiet Day
Churchyards / open doors… follows ‘busyness’ of heritage weekend might be good to make that link as we open churches for both conversation and quiet! 14th September is also of course Holy Cross Day.
Saturday 15th September 2018 Great British Beach Clean
Try taking a little bag with to the beach to bring back non-biodegradable stuff... but litter picking as liturgical act can happen anywhere....
Sunday 16th September 2018 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
2018 was the 30th anniversary of Montreal Protocol. Showing how concerted global action across the nations can help address human influenced environmental degradation… the theme for 2018 is ‘global heroes’, though a recent Guardian report revealed worrying signs that such progress is under threat in certain areas.
Tuesday 18th September 201812:15The crisis of single use plastics
GCEJN*: “Christian responses to the crisis of single use plastics”

A lot of people have been asking me what can be done about plastics almost as though this is a more urgent crisis than climate change?! The other day I heard there's an area twice the size of France of plastic floating in the Pacific. This is one aspect of environmental destruction that many people had overlooked until Sir David Attenborough TV series "Blue planet 2".

For our next, Dr Martin Hodson, a scientist, lecturer and Operations Director for the John Rae Initiative, has kindly agreed to speak about the crisis of plastics contamination followed by Q&A and open discussion.

There will be some time at the end for anyone working towards an EcoChurch Award (A Rocha) for sharing ideas and mutual support. Has your church registered yet? Please click here for a map of local Eco Churches:

Speaker: Dr Martin Hodson, Operations Director for the John Rae Initiative

Date: Tuesday 18th September 2018

Times: 12.15 - 1.30pm (come and go as you please)

Venue: Jerusalem Room, Department of Mission and Ministry, No 4 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Getting there: Gloucester has good options for using public transport. Cycle hoops have recently been installed in the newly created public green space in front of the cathedral. There are several car parks within a five-minute walk. Please bring your own sandwiches and there are facilities for making tea/coffee.

These meetings are free of charge thanks to support by the Diocese of Gloucester. Feel free to bring a friend along. It would be good to know in advance but not essential.

best wishes
Arthur Champion (Revd)
01242 870402
Friday 21st September 2018 World Peace Day:
“Peace is the fruit of justice, it can grow on no other tree”
Wednesday 26th September 2018 260917 - opening of Britain’s first subsidy-free solar farm
Britain’s first subsidy-free solar farm opened. September saw the landmark opening of the Clayhill Solar Farm. The farm has 30,000 solar panels and is producing enough electricity for 2,500 homes.
Saturday 29th September 2018 Kyshtym nuclear disaster
The Kyshtym disaster was a radioactive contamination accident that occurred on 29 September 1957 at Mayak, a plutonium production site for nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the Soviet Union. It measured as a Level 6 disaster on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES),[1] making it the third most serious nuclear accident ever recorded, behind the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the Chernobyl disaster (both Level 7 on the INES).
 Forest Stewardship Council Day
Forest Stewardship Council Day
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