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July action card
Faith in Life. Care for Creation by
the World Faiths. 2024 Summer
School at Parcevall Hall in the
Yorkshire Dales
Our summer school this year aims to raise awareness
of the interconnectedness of all life on earth and of
the responsibility people of faith have for its
flourishing.
‘It is the whole range of biodiversity that we must
care for - the whole thing, rather than one or two
stars’ David Attenborough
We cannot overemphasize the fact that biodiversity
is declining rapidly. Since 1970, there has been
almost a 70% decline in the populations of mammals,
birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians in the UK. It is
now thought that one million animal and plant
species - almost a quarter of the global total - are
threatened with extinction.




Threats include climate change, pollution, habitat loss, invasive species and over-exploitation.
Our summer school will be at Parcevall Hall, which has beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside where it will be easy
for us to appreciate God’s creation at its best. We will meet local farmers and visit a Quaker inspired market garden. We will
hopefully grow increasingly aware of our responsibility to care for creation so that it may be at its best everywhere in our
world. This is not impossible. During the week we will visit Embay, where the parish church has recently won a gold eco -
award. We will hopefully, in talking to members of the congregation there, feel inspired to work towards a similar award for
our own churches
The talks and discussions during our week together will include Creation theology, Loving the planet, ‘Laudato Si’, and care
for creation by the world faiths. Some of our speakers will be from the world faiths and they will offer their insight into care for
creation from their particular perspective.
The week will include daily worship, bible study, a presentation on art and faith and practical opportunities.
Our chosen image for the week is a photograph of one of Ai Wei Wei’s tree sculptures. The tree is very beautiful, but its
beauty depends on its various parts being joined together successfully. No one section is of any use without all the others.
Our ‘faith in life’ and our care for creation depend on our commitment and on us working together.
Threats include climate change, pollution, habitat loss, invasive species and over-exploitation.
Our summer school will be at Parcevall Hall, which has beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside where it will be easy
for us to appreciate God’s creation at its best. We will meet local farmers and visit a Quaker inspired market garden. We will
hopefully grow increasingly aware of our responsibility to care for creation so that it may be at its best everywhere in our
world. This is not impossible. During the week we will visit Embay, where the parish church has recently won a gold eco -
award. We will hopefully, in talking to members of the congregation there, feel inspired to work towards a similar award for
our own churches
The talks and discussions during our week together will include Creation theology, Loving the planet, ‘Laudato Si’, and care
for creation by the world faiths. Some of our speakers will be from the world faiths and they will offer their insight into care for
creation from their particular perspective.    The week will include daily worship, bible study, a presentation on art and faith
and practical opportunities.
Our chosen image for the week is a photograph of one of Ai Wei Wei’s tree sculptures. The tree is very beautiful, but its
beauty depends on its various parts being joined together successfully.   No one section is of any use without all the others.
Our ‘faith in life’ and our care for creation depend on our commitment and on us working together.    To join the summer
school press the button for the full programme and application form on this page.
We also include a button to a poster for the ‘Church of Sanctuary’ conference to be held in Birmingham in June. Please
share this opportunity with your church members and join if possible







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A Leaflet giving details of the Visit to Canterbury, May 24 - 26, can be downloaded via the
top button.
The Summer School this year, "Faith in Life" - Care for creation by the world faiths, will
be held at Parcevall Hall,  July 21 - 26.   Down load leaflet via the button.



June action card Talks archive Summer School 2024 Church of Sanctuary Conf