Jan Grey reflects on a ‘Rewilding our Faith’ Away Day
The Carmelite Monastery at Thicket Priory in Thorganby was the perfect space for a day of reflecting on how we can ‘rewild our faith’ and make greater connections with our God-given natural world.
The Revd Jan Noble (Green Ambassador for the Diocese of York) and Julia MacDonald (until recently Director of St Bede's Pastoral Centre, York) hosted a day to inform, enable and empower our call to leave behind a period of self-destruction of God’s creation and actively seek ways for renewal.
Three sessions ignited our interest and commitment:
- The ‘Call’ of our Times
The church has got to change its model – maybe returning to the ancient Celtic way. We're invited to be change-makers, perhaps through a community Eco group to heal our world. Pope Francis' book, Laudato Si, calls us to care for our common home and reconnect with our earth and nature. The Chinese term for ‘crisis’ has two symbols – ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’, which is useful to frame our mindset when confronting the task ahead.
The biggest gift for me this day was the term ‘The Great Turning’. Humans have moved from being hunter/gatherers to agricultural to industrial beings, Julia pointed out. But now, there is a movement from large-scale industrial to a self-sustaining society and from self-destruction to an enduring future harmony with the earth.
- Environmental Connections in Christian Scripture
Our focus must shift from being despondent and overwhelmed to seeing things in a new way. It’s a new adventure. What is God teaching us? Jan gave examples of resources for unearthing environmental themes and practices in the Christian tradition.
Download a list of resources to inform your own 'rewilding' adventure