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Future Calling


Future Calling is a six-week discussion-based course designed to help people engage more personally around the challenges that climate change brings. It provides a central structure but allows for a very wide range of personal interests to be pursued and discussed. The course aims to deepen our individual and collective commitment to responding positively to climate change. We see this commitment as being in 2 interconnected parts:

Practical actions that we can take everyday in our own individual and collective lives underpinned by a deeper exploration of aspects of our faith, of beauty, of justice, or of science each offering various ‘avenues’ into strengthening that practical action.

Each week requires someone to lead the sessions. It assumes little preparation, but for anyone with time to explore and prepare, there is a range of excellent resources. All the course material is available to download free of charge here.

We also offer a print-copy of this page.

Course resources

Information is provided for each of the six sessions, together with leaders notes:

Sessions
Session 1    Session 2    Session 3   Lifestyle Challenge
Session 4    Session 5    Session 6   Leader notes

"I'm looking forward to being challenged by the 'Future Calling' discussion-based course for home groups during Lent".
The Rt Revd Richard Frith, Bishop of Hereford

Part of the course looks at our personal and practical responses to climate change

Lifestyle Challenge The course incorporates a wealth of introductory information – ‘Avenues’ designed to inform and inspire our personal responses:

Spiritual

  • Bible study: what does the Bible say about our responsibility in Creation?
  • Contemplation: spirituality, meditation; the message of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’
  • Poetry: the vision of the Romantic and Ecological poets
  • Pilgrimage: devise a DIY pilgrimage trail exploring the local environment
  • Prayer Walks: prayers on the move for local businesses, farms, schools, shops

Practical

  • Climate Science: the facts about climate change and international agreements
  • Technology: renewable energy, electric vehicles, battery storage, gadgets
  • Visits: to solar and wind farms, recycling centres, permaculture or organic farms
  • Food: food miles and shopping, grow-your-own, vegetarian and vegan diets

Social

  • Beauty: wonder at threatened natural beauty; art and gardening
  • Justice and Compassion: the effects of climate change on the poorest peoples
  • Economy: What is the economy for; what are our priorities?

Further avenues are likely to be added over time.

The Prize

The Prize for the best ‘faith based response to climate change’. The Diocese is offering a prize for groups who have enjoyed taking part in Future Calling and as a result have come up with a really innovative response to climate change. The prize will be awarded at the Hereford Diocese’s Harvest Festival and will be an invitation for the group to have a tour around the Palace gardens and enjoy a delicious cream tea with the Bishop.

Applications (photos welcomed) to Chrissie Peplar by 31st May 2018 – with no more than 2 sides of A4 or 1000 words describing your group’s response.