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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Climate Change after Paris

Saturday 23rd April 2016- CRES Day at Ripon College Cuddesdon with Dr Paul Chambers

Dr Paul Chambers

Dr Paul Chambers

We have now fixed the programme for our CRES Day on April 23rd 2016 (10.00am to 4.00pm). These days are now opened up to a wider audience and are very pleased to welcome Dr Paul Chambers from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to be our guest speaker. Paul will give two talks on “Climate change, Paris and the Global Response” and “Climate change from the perspective of Indonesia, a developing country”.
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! For more details and booking go HERE. This event has a Facebook Event Page.

Dr Paul Chambers has worked for the UK government since 1997. He currently manages a renewable energy support programme, the Renewable Heat Incentive, in the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. From 2012-2015 he worked in the British Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia as a climate and energy adviser. He has done a range of other roles in government focusing on energy and climate change including international climate change negotiations, energy efficiency and climate change communication.  He has a degree in natural science from Cambridge and a D.Phil in ecology from Oxford. He is one of the founders of community energy group SE24. He and his family live in south London and attend St Saviour’s Church in Herne Hill.

CRES Day 7th November 2015

Two Books!

Two Books!

Saturday 7th November 2015- CRES Day at Ripon College Cuddesdon with Chris Naylor and Martin & Margot Hodson

The first CRES day of the new academic year! We are very pleased to welcome Chris Naylor to be our guest speaker in the morning. Chris is Executive Director of A Rocha International, and has recently written a book “Postcards from the Middle East: How our family fell in love with the Arab world.” In the afternoon Margot and I will look at one of the topics from our recently published book “A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues”. 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 mission, the environment and theology. Places are limited so book soon! Details are HERE.

Dr. Martin J. Hodson (Principal Tutor, CRES)

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)