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September 2017

Friday 1st September 2017 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.
16:00On line prayer serviceOn Creation Day, Sept. 1, we will be opening the Season of Creation with an online prayer service at 4:00pm London. (Find your timezone here.) The Online Prayer service features leaders in faith and the environment including:

Bishop Mark McDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Archbishop Seraphim Kykotiw of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org AND
Yeb Saño, former climate negotiator for the Philippines
Please join us for this online prayer service as an inspiration for the events throughout the Season of Creation. And share this invitation with your congregation and networks!

Peace and Blessings,

Marisa Vertrees for the Global Catholic Climate Movement
Saturday 2nd September 2017 10:00Cheltenham's Repair Café Cheltenham's Repair Café should be better known! It pops up on the first Saturday of every month at St Andrew’s Church Centre, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham GL50 1SP from 10 till 2.

Bring your broken electrical items, textiles and bikes for repair, and knives and tools for sharpening. (Book bikes in advance - office@vision21.org.uk / 01242 224321.)

At the next Café - 4th February - there’s also warm homes advice, and on 4th March, a joint Composting/Get up and Grow clinic.

The Café is a project run jointly by Vision21, the University of Gloucestershire and the County Council’s Joint Waste Team, supported by St Andrew’s Church.

Spread the word so the Repair Café can contribute still more to reducing the number of once loved items going to landfill.

“We have not yet managed to adopt a circular model of production capable of preserving resources for present and future generations, while limiting as much as possible the use of non-renewable resources, moderating their consumption, maximizing their efficient use, reusing and recycling them. A serious consideration of this issue would be one way of counteracting the throwaway culture which affects the entire planet.” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #22)
Sunday 3rd September 2017 Creationtide - first Sunday Job 37:14–24
Psalm 130
Revelation 4
Matthew 8:23–27
Wednesday 6th September 2017 19:30An evening with Frank ReganGreen Christians are hosting an evening with Frank Regan who writes on issues of Faith in dialogue with Culture, Politics, Gender and Environment for publications in the UK and Ireland. He lives with his wife Tirke in Devon.
The venue is The Old Priory, Clarence St., Cheltenham GL50 3LE (adjacent to St Gregory's Church)
Admission free – retiring collection – all welcome. After the meeting there will be the opportunity
to join in evening prayer (compline).
Enquiries: Cheltenham@greenchristian.org.uk
Thursday 7th September 2017 19:30RSA Watch: Is there still Hope on Climate Change?In partnership with Hawkwood and Gloucestershire Climate Action Network (GlosCAN). Join us for an evening in the inspirational setting of Hawkwood, Centre for Future Thinking. At this event you can meet and watch RSA talks together and discuss the ideas and concepts raised. We call this "social watching". We’ll watch a video from the RSA lecture series on youtube. This time, the theme is "is there still hope in climate change" - we want to look beyond the science and get to the core of the human response to climate change.

The RSA lecture 'Is there still Hope on Climate Change’ is with David Attenborough in discussion with Tim Flannery where they discuss various themes including how close is the great climate crisis? Can our desire to overcome it drive humanity's next great waves of positive technological, economic, and social revolution? Or will we be plunged into the dystopian collapses and terrors of civilisations past? Find out more about the lecture on the RSA website. We'll follow up the film with a facilitated discussion, chaired by Hugh Richards of GlosCAN

Sunday 10th September 2017 Creationtide - Second Sunday Job 38:1–18
Psalm 139:1–14
Romans 1:18–25
Matthew 5:13–16
Thursday 14th September 2017 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.
Friday 15th September 2017 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....
Saturday 16th September 2017 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.
Sunday 17th September 2017 Creationtide - Third Sunday Deuteronomy 28:1–14
Psalm 65
2 Corinthians 9:6–15
Luke 12:16–30
Tuesday 19th September 2017 16:00On line prayer service for CreationtideDuring the Season of Creation ACEN will be having an online prayer service with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Register using the link below
Thursday 21st September 2017 World Peace Day: “Peace is the fruit of justice, it can grow on no other tree”
 International Coastal Cleanup Day For over 30 years, communities have come together to remove trash from coastlines and waterways including ponds, lakes, and rivers. Together, these volunteers remove and catalogue mountains of litter every year. Your community is invited to join. To learn more, please visit the Ocean Conservancy.
Sunday 24th September 2017 Creationtide - Fourth Sunday Leviticus 25:1–7
Psalm 95
Hebrews 4:1–11
John 6:1–15
Tuesday 26th September 2017 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.
 International Day for total elimination of nuclear weapons Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. It was the subject of the General Assembly’s first resolution in 1946, which established the Atomic Energy Commission, which was dissolved in 1952, with a mandate to make specific proposals for the control of nuclear energy and the elimination of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction. The United Nations has been at the forefront of many major diplomatic efforts to advance nuclear disarmament since. In 1959, the General Assembly endorsed the objective of general and complete disarmament. In 1978, the first Special Session of the General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament further recognized that nuclear disarmament should be the priority objective in the field of disarmament. Every United Nations Secretary-General has actively promoted this goal.
 Nuclear war near miss incident Stanislav Petrov was on duty at a Russian nuclear early warning centre in 1983 when computers wrongly detected incoming missiles from the USA. He took the decision that they were a false alarm and did not report them to his superiors. His actions, which came to light years later, possibly prevented nuclear war.
12:15GCEJN: Environmental theology in the Forest Church movementThe Revd Cate Williams has kindly agreed to speak about Green Theology at our next meeting scheduled for Tuesday 26th September at lunchtime in Cheltenham. Cate has been researching environmental theology in the context of the Forest Church. Regulars may recall that a couple of years ago Cate and the Revd Dan Papworth gave an introductory talk about Forest Church and Nature Connection, which can be found here:

The meeting will start at 12.15pm at St Philip and St James Church, Leckhampton , Cheltenham, GL50 2DL. Actually, our venue is the meeting room in Church House next to the parish church in Grafton Road. It can seat 40 people so why not invite a friend along?

Leckhampton is about a 10-minute walk from Cheltenham bus station and there’s a cycle route http://www.cyclecheltenham.org.uk/docs/cyclemap.pdf
There’s also on-site parking for several cars as well as street parking. Please don't get confused with a parish church of the same name but situated two miles away at Up Hatherley.

As usual the meeting will run from 12.15 to 1.30pm (latest). Please bring your own sandwiches and we’ll be able to use the kitchen for drinks. If you are intending to participate then please let me know although not essential.

best wishes
Arthur Champion (Revd)

01242 870402

PS – for a map of local Eco Churches click here
Friday 29th September 2017 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