As we approach COP26, many in our parishes are seeking ways to live out Pope Francis’ key messages from his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si. To help us on this journey we are invited to join a host of speakers including Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Paul Swarbrick from Lancaster Diocese, as we aim to see tangible change inn. our local areas.

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WHY? Faith is the place to start.

WHAT? Understanding is the place to start.

HOW? Sharing experience is the place to start.

WHEN? Now is the place to start.

WHERE? Your parish is the place to start.

WHO? Are YOU the place to start?

What will happen? A long weekend of talks and discussions on zoom, and practical activities, on living the message of Laudato Si’ in and through your parish.

Who is it for? Any interested parishioner (including clergy!) is most welcome to join us. The weekend is aimed especially at people with parish responsibilities or who are part of or want to start a relevant parish group.

Times Sessions will be on Friday evening, Saturday morning, late afternoon and evening, Sunday late afternoon and evening night and Monday evening (leaving people free during the day on Monday).

Speakers include:

Cardinal Vincent Nicolls and Bishop Paul Swarbrick, who will begin and end the September weekend with prayer and reflection. Members of the Dioceses of Westminster and Lancaster are especially encouraged to attend this weekend.

Bishop Alan Williams and Bishop Mark O’Toole, who will begin and end the October weekend with prayer and reflection. Members of the Dioceses of Brentwood and Plymouth are especially encouraged to attend this weekend.

 Trish Sandbach, who worked in Oxfam Education for many years and led St Benedict’s, Garforth, in the Leeds diocese, to achieving a LiveSimply award. She is also an assessor for the  LiveSimply award (see https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Livesimply-award).

John Paul de Quay, a founder member of the Ecological Conversion Group and The Journey to 2030 (see https://journeyto2030.org/).

Sr Margaret Atkins, an Augustinian Canoness at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria, a teacher of philosophy and theology, with a lifelong interest in the natural world, and author of Catholics and Our Common Home: Caring for the Planet in a Time of Crisis (CTS).

 Panel discussions with experts, for sharing advice on practical projects.

Cost – voluntary donations gratefully accepted, but there will be no fee for the weekend.

To apply, simply email Sr Margaret Atkins on margaret@boarbankhall.org.uk

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