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CRES Day (Saturday 29th April 2017) at Ripon College Cuddesdon nr. Oxford
with Andy Atkins and Margot Hodson
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.
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.
CRES Residential Report: September 2016 (Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September 2016)
From Top Right, clockwise: Chapel at Ripon College Cuddesdon; Pig at Orchard View Farm; CRES group at Natural Burial Ground; inside the composting toilet; St Peter’s Owlswick.
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 2nd/3rd September. We had an excellent programme “Definitely Rural and Environmental” on the Friday, starting with an introduction to CRES and the afternoon field trip. After lunch this was followed by a trip to three sites of local interest, all within a short distance of each other. We began with a visit to Aylesbury Vale Natural Burial Meadow where we were shown round by Sally Whitworth. Sally told us the story of how the natural burial ground came into being, and their plans for the future. We then moved on to St Peter’s, Owlswick where Keith Gibbons explained their newly installed composting toilet- a much cheaper solution than being attached to the main water system. Finally we visited Orchard View Farm for tea and cake. Several of our party took the opportunity to buy some local produce. Lawson MacKellar then showed us around the farm, mostly looking at their pigs. By the end of the afternoon it was beginning to rain, and it was time to return to Cuddesdon for dinner. For more pictures of the field trip please visit our Facebook Page. At dinner we were joined by our external examiner, Dr. Sarah Dunlop. In the evening Dr Richard Gunton led a session on “Why conservation is a religious matter and how it can be Christian”. He explained some of the work of the Faith-in-Scholarship network he is coordinating which is looking at ecosystem services (FiSWES). To end the day Revd. Margot Hodson led a short evening service and reflection in the chapel with a Taize theme.
First thing on Saturday morning Rev. Philip Wagstaff led us in morning prayer on an Iona theme. After breakfast the Saturday morning was spent on four very good student presentations. We began with two first year talks, and then our final year students took over. Rob Hitchcock looked at environmental campaigning, and applied business and Biblical insights, while Martin Parsons considered soil and the best agricultural systems for its preservation. The examiners then retired to consider their verdict, after which Sarah Dunlop made the official announcement that Rob and Martin had both been awarded Certificates. In addition Martin was granted a distinction. Many congratulations to both!!
Our running total is now 29 Certificates (9 with Distinction) and 4 Diplomas. The first CRES graduates were in 2005, and we have had 12 cohorts so far. So we are averaging 2.8 graduates a year! But many of our graduates have gone on to do significant work in the church, the environment and rural matters. We are sure that both Rob and Martin will not want to stop here and that they will do lots in the future.
It was another fantastic 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 2016