Lent Carbon Fast 2016
In 2014 and 2015 the dioceses in the southwest of the Church of England promoted a Lent Carbon Fast. These focused generally on personal and domestic actions to reduce our carbon footprint, and in 2015 in particular to look at how Water is such a significant ecological issue.
“Reconnecting with God’s Earth”
EcoChurch Southwest Lent Carbon Fast
10th February – 26th March 2016
In 2016 we are running a further on-line Lent Carbon Fast but with an emphasis on reconnecting with the Earth. As Christians we have a personal relationship with God mediated through Jesus, but we can also have a direct relationship with God through the Earth.
The world is the place of divine revelation. The Psalms tell us how the fields, trees and mountains also express God’s glory, and Jesus reminds us how the birds of the air and the lilies of the fields are equally a part of God’s plan.
In other words, this is a reminder that God is our Creator as well as our Redeemer. So the Lent Carbon Fast 2016 will encourage us to explore our relation with the elements, plants and animals, and in particular to use our senses more to recognise God in the very breath of life, in the garden, through streams and rivers, stars and flowers.
It is in deepening our awareness of the web of life and our interconnectedness with all things, that we can deepen our love of God and appreciate and protect the planet for the future.
Do join us! There will be daily emails including bible readings, reflections and stories of good examples of ideas from around the region.
The recommended book will be ‘Places of Enchantment: Meeting God in Landscapes’ by Graham Usher, the Bishop of Dudley . He seeks to ask the question: “How do we encounter God in creation?”. You can find out more about the topics of the book in this video of a talk he gave at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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