Environment e-Group

Go to Environment home pageDiocesan Environment e-Group – the way forward

The former Task Group, which met regularly at Church House, is replaced by an e-Group (e-mail based) of folk from across the Diocese who have an interest in developing the mission of the Diocese in the care and nurture of God’s Creation.

This group already has a number of members but if you would like to join us then do please contact John Harrison at Johnandaveril@aol.com.

You will not be pestered by endless e-mails and the membership list will remain confidential.

It is anticipated that there will be routine annual face-to-face meeting of the group at Church House, plus planning meetings for specific events such as day-conferences.

Advisory Group on the Environment (AGE)
(Latterly the Environment Task Group)
July 2002 – May 2012

The Environment Task Group in the Diocese of Newcastle held its last meeting on 20th March 2012. Group members were :
Richard Adams, Peter Dodd, John Harrison, Janis Irvine,Diane Kirkup, Margaret Patterson, and Charis Scott, plus Jill Elphick (Renewing Creation distribution) and Averil Harrison (web pages).
The main achievements of the Group (latterly The Diocesan Environment Task Group) were summarised by the outgoing chairman/Diocesan Environment Officer Rev Dr Rob Kelsey:

  1. An open meeting of Diocesan Synod was held at Kingston Park in 2003 entitled ‘Renewing Creation.’

  2. A quarterly newsletter of the same name has been produced regularly since then.

  3. A second Open Synod, entitled ‘The End is Nigh?’ was held in 2006

  4. The first edition of Praying for the Earth was produced in 2008, with a second, full-colour edition produced in 2011.

  5. We worked in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust in developing the 'Treading Lighter During Lent' programme in 2009. Though not a great success in itself, it paved the way for the promotion of the sMeasure energy monitoring tool in 2012.

  6. A seminar on wildlife-friendly churchyards was held at St Nicholas’s Church, Gosforth in 2009.

  7. The Diocesan Environment Officer has worked with the Property Managers of both Newcastle and Durham Dioceses on the Joint Houses Environment Group. A programme of energy efficiency for clergy houses has been implemented. The Property Manager and Diocesan Environment Officer made a presentation at a conference at Lambeth Palace in 2009.

  8. Group members visited Bedlington Deanery Synod in 2010. A questionnaire was distributed beforehand that enabled members to speak to the needs of the deanery, rather than simply talk about what they wanted to say.

  9. We worked in partnership with Inspired North East to organise a seminar in March 2011 on the possibilities of using church buildings for renewable energy production.

  10. Articles on an environmental theme have appeared regularly in Link.


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