Cawston church eco-debate draws global audience

Churches in Norfolk hosted a webinar on Wednesday 7 October to discuss climate change from a Christian point of view.

The event was staged by the churches in Cawston and Matlaske and their respective deaneries, and it welcomed the Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, as a guest speaker alongside Professor of Theology Richard Bauckham.
The event attracted around 90 participants from local churches and across the world, with people joining from Finland and Vancouver, Canada.
The event aimed to draw attention to the church’s responsibility to be part of the wider environmental movement and it touched on the practical ways in which churches can make a difference, such as the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Churchyard Conservation Scheme and the national Eco Church movement.
The webinar was chaired by Team Vicar Revd Andrew Whitehead of Cawston, who said: “It was fantastic to have so many people join us for this debate, and our guest speakers were insightful and inspiring in the way they helped us through the issues.
“There was so much interest that we’ve made a recording of the webinar available on the Cawston Parish Church website and we’re already thinking about the next thing we might do.”
Bishop Graham added: “I welcomed the opportunity to join many others online for a really interesting conversation about our responsibilities as Christians to care for the environment.
“Creation is a gift from God and humans are part of a whole web of interconnectedness. To live well on this planet, and to enable others to live well, means that we must face the alarm calls with urgency and do all we can to reduce our carbon footprint and protect biodiversity.”
The event was held in the same week as the synod of the Diocese of Norwich overwhelmingly supported a motion declaring a biodiversity and climate emergency, which sets out a route towards a greener church.

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