Rich Living: Exploring Sustainability and Christian Faith
How does caring for creation enrich our lives?
How can the church respond to the crucial issues of our time?
What does the Bible teach about the earth?
How can our daily choices and actions be most effective to protect and restore the environment?
We believe that our daily lifestyle decisions as individuals, communities and congregations can have a positive impact in mitigating climate change, improving the health of ecosystems, and enhancing the lives of others.
Over the weekend of 28th-30th September 2018, A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand, along with:
- Cashmere Presbyterian Church
- Grace Vineyard Church
- South West Baptist Church
hosted an inter-church public event. The weekend was designed to inspire, mobilise and equip individuals and communities of faith:
- Friday 28 September, 7.30pm: A dynamic creative worship evening at South West Baptist Church featuring Steve Graham.
- Saturday 29 September, 9am – 8pm: A mix of practical workshops, panels, prayer, walks, meals and networking at Cashmere Presbyterian Church – with an emphasis on what Christians can do to make a difference.
- Sunday 30 September: Sunday services at participating churches focused on creation care and sustainable living.
Here are some resources from the weekend:
- Rich Living weekend – Overview slides
Saturday workshop sessions:
- Alistair Donaldson, Slides from workshop – Earthing our Eschatology
- Bethany Belle, Handout for workshop – Eating for the Planet: How our diets shape the world
- Leo Fietje, Slides from workshop – Farming for the Future
- Murray Sheard, Slides from workshop – Can we feed the world without destroying our planet?
- Murray Sheard, Slides from workshop – Ethical Fashion
- Waveney Warth, Handout for workshop – Making the Most of Waste
Sunday services focused on creation care and sustainable living – sermon slides:
- Andrew Shepherd, Feasting and the Flourishing of All Creation at Darfield Baptist Church.
- Steve Graham, Care of the Earth at South West Baptist Church.
- Steve Muir, The Songs We Sing and What They Can Teach Us About Creation Care at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church.