Christian Rural and Environmental Studies

This two year Certificate course provides an opportunity to study rural and environmental issues from a Christian viewpoint. It will be of interest to all with a personal or professional concern for the environment and countryside, rural communities and churches. There are no entry requirements.

CRES Residential Report 2015

Abingdon Hydro is a not for profit company set up by local residents, to generate hydroelectric power from the River Thames by Abingdon Weir. The orange arrow indicates where the turbines will be sited!!

Abingdon Hydro is a not for profit company set up by local residents, to generate hydroelectric power from the River Thames by Abingdon Weir. The orange arrow indicates where the turbines will be sited!!

CRES Residential Report: September 2015 (Friday 4th  and Saturday 5th September 2015)

For many years CRES has been running an annual residential at Ripon College Cuddesdon (nr. Oxford) in September.  This year it was on Friday and Saturday 4th/5th September. We had an excellent programme on the Friday, starting with an introduction to Abingdon Hydro from Dr. Richard Riggs. After lunch this was followed by a field trip to the innovative community scheme that is looking at putting two turbines into the River Thames at Abingdon. Richard then led us on a walk along the River and past the historic Abbey, and provided tea and biscuits at the Wellness Centre. For more pictures of the field trip please visit our Facebook Page. Then back to Cuddesdon for dinner. In the evening we had Trevor Muten (Director & Principal Consultant, Tapajos Limited – Hydrogeology & Water Resources Management) speaking on “Well, Well, Well.   Responding to Increasing Groundwater Resources Management Challenges”. Trevor showed us what happened as we put in more and more wells into an area and the water table goes down. To end the day Revd. Margot Hodson led a short evening service and reflection in the chapel on the theme of water.

First thing in the morning Steve Hughes led us in morning prayer reflecting on the natural world around the College- the birds, the flowers and the pine needles! At breakfast we were joined by our external examiner, Dr. Sarah Dunlop. The Saturday morning was spent on five excellent student presentations. Before coffee we had the first year presentations, and then Becky Vickers gave us  a talk on her dissertation. She looked into the theology of St. Francis and how it is lived out in Hilfield Friary. The examiners then retired to consider their verdict, after which Sarah Dunlop made the official announcement that Becky had been awarded a Certificate. Many congratulations!!

Our running total is now 27 Certificates (8 with Distinction) and 4 Diplomas. The first CRES graduates were in 2005, and we have had 11 cohorts so far. So we are averaging 2.8 graduates a year! But we are not so much worried by quantity, and many of our graduates have gone on to do significant work in the church, the environment and rural matters.

It was a great weekend, and I hope that the above report has given you just a little flavour of it. Now it the traditional time when many people apply for the course, and if you are interested go to: CRES Admissions 2015

Dr Martin J Hodson (Principal Tutor)

CRES Admissions 2015

CRES Collage 18 Feb 12 CRES (Christian Rural and Environmental Studies)  is a distance learning course usually taken over two years. If you are interested probably the best place to look first is our CRES Certificate page. Then you might have some questions. If so use the Contact Us message box on the right side bar. Then finally if you would like to apply download an Application Form and send it back to us with your payment. The course usually starts in September, but there is some flexibility.

CRES Day Conference- November 8th 2014


CRES group 8 Nov 2014

The first CRES Day of the new academic year! There were sixteen of us, including students, tutors, steering group members, and a number of external people. We were very pleased to welcome Andy and Carol Kingston-Smith, co-founders of the jusTice initiative to be our speakers. The morning sessions explored the connections between the medieval carnival and biblical principles of social justice, examining, in particular, the three themes of social inversion, laughter and the banquet. In the afternoon session the focus shifted to justice in rural Latin America. We also had an opportunity to pass on the latest news on what is happening in CRES and lots of chance to chat. It was a really good start to the year. Thanks particularly to Andy and Carol, and to all at Ripon College Cuddesdon for making us so welcome once again.