We have been marking a season of Creationtide at St Mark’s and, as part of this, we were delighted to welcome Dave Bookless to the church on Monday 16th September to talk to us about how we might respond to the world around us and act with regard to the environment.
Dave is Director of Theology for A Rocha International (www.arocha.org), an international Christian organisation engaging in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects across six continents.
His engaging and thought-provoking talk used the acronym HOPE to help us think about the issues.
H Hearing God’s creation groaning
O Openness to learning from creation and the bible
P Practical response in creation care
E Enjoying God’s good creation
Dave shared some of his own story and his family’s response to environmental crisis, he explained some of the work that A Rocha is doing round the world, he gave us some biblical resources that might help us to think about how, as Christians, we need to act and respond and he offered some practical questions that might help us to know what steps we can take, as individuals and as a churches.
Dave has two books available to buy and there are copies of both in a fledgling St Mark’s library which will be housed in bookcases in the foyer of the Community Centre.