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GCEJN began in the late 1990s with meetings organised and hosted by the Revd Kingsley Jones, the CofE's Environmental Adviser for the Diocese of Gloucester.  From 2010 to 2014 meetings were organised by by the Revd Dr Simon Topping (picture - below) who was employed by the CofE's Gloucester Diocese for one day a week. Since 2015 the Revd Arthur Champion has continued organising and hosting regular lunchtime meetings which are usually held at College Green alongside of Gloucester Cathedral. These meetings are sponsored by the Diocese of Gloucester which means they are free of charge.  Everyone is welcome and between meetings we keep in touch by phone calls, e-mails (via this website and a Facebook Group) as well as by post. 

Past meetings have covered topics such as:

  1. Eco-friendly features of St Aldates Church, Gloucester (site visit)

  2. Anglican theology of caring for creation

  3. Sustainablilty at the University of Gloucestershire (site visit)

  4. A new website for local producers of food and drink (https://www.glosfoodanddrink.org/)

  5. Environmental policy of the Commercial Group (site visit)

  6. Flooding risk in and around Tewkesbury

  7. Carbon fast during Lent 2014

  8. Travel plans for commuting at Zurich Insurance, Bishops Cleeve (site visit)

  9. The threat of fracking in the Cotswolds

  10. The UK's first zero carbon church (site visit)

  11. Christian ethics and UK Government policy on climate change

  12. How to communicate good news about the environment

We aim to disseminate a summary of each meeting and powerpoint slides - see "Past Meetings". We are always pleased to receive ideas for future meetings and especially keen to promote examples of best practices which other churches or individuals might be able to adopt.  Meetings are opne to all comers although the key local contacts are: 

  • ‚Äč“A Rocha” (Christians in conservation) - Maria Wells

  • Christian Aid - Noel Sharp

  • Green Christians - Martin Davis

  • Methodist Church - Jerry Barr

  • Roman Catholic Church - Martin Davis