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

Eco Surgery Drop-ins

Welcome to a new season of drop in chats aimed at helping you and your church with your mission and ministry to care for God’s Creation. How can your church can make a positive impact on the environment and your local community? Got questions about worship with a creation care theme, energy efficiency and church buildings, churchyards, community engagement, funding or campaigning? Simply join any of the drop in sessions below at your convenience. No need to register in advance.Coffee cup and mobile phone

Tuesday 19th January 2-3pm

Wednesday 3th March 4-5pm

Thursday 15th April 1-2pm

Click here for Zoom link information.


Diocesan Environment and Literature Book Club

Open bookLeeds Diocesan Environment Group presents ‘Eco Literature and Christianity – where is God in all this?’

A bi-monthly Environmental Book Club where we can read and explore eco fiction and works of environmental non-fiction and their relationship with Christianity in a world which recognises the interconnected nature of God and the world in which we live. Click here for more details. 

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd March from 7.15 - 8.30pm online via a Zoom link. The book of the month is A Life On Our Planet by David Attenborough. My witness statement and a vision for the future. This remarkable book covers David Attenborough's life both as a wildlife naturalist and as a television presenter, and looks to the future as an opportunity to rewild the earth and restore the stability of the planet. The programme up to July can be viewed here. The link will be emailed to interested participants the day before the meeting. Please register your interest to cajack1 [at] (Christine Jack).

The Bible and Ecology Course

Seven-session course facilitated by Rev Ruth Newton. How is Christianity responding to the challenge of the Climate Crisis? What are the connections between ecological concerns and faith? Does the Bible help or hinder us when thinking about creation-care? Is Salvation just for humans? 

Taking place on Zoom Tuesdays 7.30-9pm. Commencing Tuesday 3rd November and concluding 15th December. 

Click here for more information and how to register. 


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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