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.
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CRES/JRI Field Trip: Somerset- a different county

 Somerset- a different county

We are pleased to announce that CRES and JRI will be running a one day Field Trip to the Somerset Levels on Saturday 8th July 2017 (10.30am to 4.15pm). We will be visiting two contrasting farms, discussing agriculture on the Levels, thinking about environmental issues, and just generally enjoying the place. Many thanks to Dr Andrew Wright (JRI Director) and Rob Walrond (Diocese of Bath and Wells Rural Advisor) for arranging the day. There will be no charge, but a donation will be taken towards costs and a suitable charity. Booking is essential, and the deadline is Saturday 1st July. The day is OPEN to all. For more details and booking download Somerset Field Trip.

The collage shows (starting top left and clockwise): Solar farm at Dillington Estate by the A303; The Good Life in Somerset; Flood relief channel at Westport..under repair; and the Somerset Flag.

Saving Planet Earth – a serious role for the Church?

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CRES Day (Saturday 29th April 2017) at Ripon College Cuddesdon nr. Oxford 

with Andy Atkins and Margot Hodson

Andy Atkins

We have now fixed the programme for our CRES Day in April. We are very pleased to welcome Andy Atkins the Chief Executive of A Rocha UK, and former Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, as our guest speaker. Andy will speak on the theme of “Saving Planet Earth – a serious role for the Church?” He will look at whether it is worth mobilising the church on the environment and how to do it.

In the afternoon one of our resident environmental theologians, Rev. Margot Hodson, will look at the topic “Why Environmental Ethics?” This is an absolutely crucial area for understanding how we should treat the world, but is rarely discussed by Christians. So while Andy will look at “How?” Margot will consider “Why?”

The themes explored will be highly relevant to those on the CRES course, but could be taken as a stand-alone day for all interested in the environment. The day is OPEN to everyone, but places are limited so book soon!

The deadline for booking is 13th April 2017, and the cost for those external to the CRES course is £25 including lunch and refreshments (for all CRES students, tutors and steering group the cost is included in fees, but please indicate that you are coming!) MORE DETAILS AND BOOKING This event has a Facebook Event Page.

Indigenous and grounded: investing in local people to rescue the planet

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Saturday 12th November 2016- CRES Day at Ripon College Cuddesdon

We have now fixed the programme for our CRES Day in November. These days are now opened up to a wider audience and we are very pleased to welcome Professor Sir Ghillean Prance and Andy Lester, Conservation Director for A Rocha UK, to be our guest speakers. The themes explored will be highly relevant to those on the CRES course, but could be taken as a stand-alone day for all interested in the environment. Places are limited so book soon! The deadline for booking is 1st November, and the cost for those external to the CRES course is £25 including lunch and refreshments (for all CRES students, tutors and steering group the cost is included in fees, but please indicate that you are coming!) MORE DETAILS AND BOOKING This event has a Facebook Event Page.