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08 October 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Justice and Community in Christian Living

Called to Change programme 

Over the last six months our whole society has changed. The global pandemic has shown how much we human beings depend upon each other for our wellbeing.

When lockdown isolated us physically, we saw in stark ways how closely we are joined. We need each other for the basics of life (food, healthcare, shelter) and we also have profound emotional needs - for touch, presence and the blessings of community.

This autumn's programme explores our mutual dependence through a Christian frame, as a community, the Body of Christ, called to care for and about the world.

We start by looking at our joining as one Body through the Eucharist, and the challenges of our changed context upon long-established worship habits.

But we go on to explore other challenges to loving human community: the urgency of climate change, the ugly presence of racism, the cruelties on our doorstep of modern slavery and exploitative work.

Come and join us by Zoom on Thursday evenings (and one Sunday morning!) in October.

Booking is free. For the Zoom link, please e-mail Emma Jones, Mission and Learning Assistant: gro/lardehtacyle//senoj/e

Although each session is a stand-alone event, there are also other opportunities to explore if you want to go deeper.

And join us too for the livestreamed Eucharist on Modern Slavery Day, Sunday 18 October at 10.30am in Ely Cathedral, where Bishop Alastair Redfern, Chair of the Church of England's anti-slavery group The Clewer Initiative, will be preaching.
Please book your place for this Eucharist via our website from 9am on Monday 12 October: or watch online:


Thursday 8 October, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Equipping Churches in the Face of the Climate Emergency

Biblical, theological and practical reflections on climate emergency and the opportunities for local churches to act.

Speakers are Dr Darrell Hannah, of Operation Noah, on the Biblical case for creation care, and the Revd Joyce Addison, of the Maidstone Deanery Environment Group, on how the local church can be a catalyst for change.

Following their presentations, there will be an opportunity for discussion for all Zoom participants.

Dr Hannah has been Chair of Operation Noah, a Christian charity working to help the Church respond to climate change, since 2014, and is Rector of All Saints, Ascot.

Revd Addison is Priest-in-Charge of St Martin's Church, Maidstone, the founder of the Maidstone Deanery Environment Group and a member of the Diocese of Canterbury Environment Forum. She is passionate about helping local churches to engage with and respond to the current environmental crisis and climate change as part of their Christian calling.

Going Deeper:

In February 2020, General Synod voted for the Church of England to strive to be carbon neutral by 2030. Ely Diocese has already started working on this and further information will be available soon.