Training Opportunities

We aim to provide a range of training through the year to help you and your church with creation care mission and ministry. You can find more information about courses, book on events and browse resources on the Diocesan Learning Platform

Environment Webinars

Diocesan Environment and Literature Book Club

Open bookWhere is God in all this? Meeting monthly across the Diocese to share opinions and views.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th May from 7.30pm – 9 pm online via a Zoom link. In May, the Leeds Diocesan Environment Book Club meets to discuss further aspects of David Attenborough’s remarkable mission, as witnessed in A Life on Our Planet. 
In this session the focus will be: Part Three: A Vision for the Future and How to Rewild the World: our greatest opportunity. The link will be emailed to interested participants the day before the meeting. Please register your interest to cajack1 [at] (Christine Jack).

The environment movement has up until now has been reactive with conservation at the heart of its work. Now we need to be proactive as we look to the future. Ecosystems restoration is a work of hope. More information here.


Creation Salvation

An opportunity to be equipped to deliver an effective creation care ministry in your parish. It will enable you to make a positive impact on the environment and in your local community, draw up a zero carbon action plan and progress towards an Eco Church award. 

This course is designed for anyone in parish ministry who would like to see creation care embedded in the life of their church. You are welcome to attend if you are a member of the congregation or if you have particular role for example Parish Environment Officer, PCC member, Clergy, Reader, Churchwarden or Treasurer.

Participants will be required to join the Diocesan Learning Platform (Moodle) to access course materials and the class discussion forum. There will be some preparatory work set in advance of each session, with options for the length of tasks required.

Click here for more information. The next course will run in autumn. Please email charlie.scott [at] to register your interest.


The Hook Lecture: A New Moral Ecology for a World where Climate Catastrophe is Real

The Hook Lecture stimulates debate around an issue of faith in the context of Leeds. The event is organised jointly by Leeds Church Institute, Leeds Minster and School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science at the University of Leeds. 

28th April, 7.30pm - 9pm. Speaker: The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward. 

This is a free event, but booking is essential. For more details and to book, please click here


Climate Change – Theology, Ministry and Action

A mini-series intended to help resource this in our theological thinking, in our worship and preaching, and in our action. Attend the whole series or just one event.

Thursday 13th May, 2 - 3 pm: Preaching on climate change
Thursday 27th May, 2 - 3 pm: Missiology and climate change 
Thursday 24th June, 2 - 3 pm: Where to go next with your church eco mission
Saturday 3rd July, 10.30 am –-12pm: Words for a Dying World: Stories of grief and courage from the global Church 

Click here for full details and to book.


Past Events

What on earth are we doing?

An exploration of God’s relationship with His creation. St Mark’s Church, Harrogate, invite you to view a three session B.R.I.C.K course led by Jemima Parker, Environment Officer for the Diocese of Leeds. 

Created: What is the purpose of the natural world? (Watch video here)

Covenanted: Are God’s covenants only with people? (Watch video here)

Commissioned: What is our role in creation? (Watch video here)


Environmental Mission Training Day 8th June 2019 - St Mark's, Harrogate

Bishop Paul Slater speaking to the audience

God’s creation is in trouble and consequently so are we. People are speaking up: students coming out on climate strikes; councils such as Leeds, Kirklees, Otley, Harrogate declaring climate emergencies; Extinction Rebellion protests; even David Attenborough has spoken up and called for action. But what would Jesus do? And what should my church do?

Read about the training day here.

Explore the links below to see the presentations and hear the talks from this training day:

What is the current environmental crisis? - Martin Bassant, Scientist with Social Responsibility. Listen here 

Jesus Lord of Creation: A theology for environmental mission - Jemima Parker, Diocesan Environment Officer. Listen here

How to change the parish and save the planet! - David Hughes, Climate Stewards Chair and Eco Church speaker. Listen here

Workshop All Creation Sings! - Christine Jack. Notes

Workshop Working in the community on climate action - Michelle Hayes and Jemima Parker

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