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Reflect biblically. Act boldly. Connect with nature in a new way.
Welcome to Wild Christian.

'Consider how the wild-flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these'
(Luke 12:27)


This year’s Earth Overshoot Day (the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year) fell on 22 August. This came later than usual (it was 29 July in 2019) due to Covid-19’s impact on global economic activity, but still fell more than 4 months before the end of the year. Curate Emily Swinerd shines a spotlight on consumption, clothes and God’s thoughts on clothing for this month’s Bible reflection.

Read this month's reflection and add your thoughts here.

What action will you take for nature this month?

              Enjoy     
                


- See God’s hands in Autumn’s splendour. Forget this season’s fashion - Autumn and it’s spectacular colours are in! From golden leaves, fresh scents and misty mornings, there are many things to observe when out and about this Autumn. Depending on where you are in the UK, Autumn is also a good time to see seal pups, red squirrels, deer ruts, as well as migrant birds arriving from the Arctic and Northern Europe. To find your nearest special wildlife walk, check out The National Trust’s webpage here. 

- Buy or make gifts that don’t cost the Earth. Bless others with a keepsake pressie, and plan well in advance for Christmas or for other special occasions by thinking now about how your gift can be home-made with environmentally-friendly materials. If baking, embroidering, or upcycling seems a bit much, ask how your gift-giving can encourage eco-friendly behaviour. Think reusable water bottles or bags, nest boxes or ethical toiletries. Remember also that offering your time is one of the best gifts that you can give to someone.

- Learn something new about… caterpillars.This month’s blog comes from Wild Christian community member Rosalind King who shares some tips on what we can do to help protect the whole life-cycle of the butterfly to help boost butterfly numbers for forthcoming years. Read Rosalinds’s blog here and let us know in the comments section how you’re helping wildlife in your garden (or local green space) during the colder months!

            Nurture      
                 


- Connect with others, connect with our Creator. In a time of anxiety and uncertainty for many, it’s so important to keep nurturing yourself and others. It only takes a short stroll in nature to feel its effects on our mental health. Take an autumnal walk and bring your Bible to help you connect with God … or simply tune in to creation shouting out its praise and join in however you feel appropriate. Local Covid-19 restrictions permitting, arrange to meet face to face with a friend from church who you have not seen since before lockdown or invite someone that’s finding this time particularly tough to join you in the great outdoors. Pray and encourage each other during your walk. Here are a few Psalms to get you going.

- Beat the Bead. Microplastics are virtually invisible ingredients that pollute our planet and may pose health risks. Use your phone camera to scan products and find out if your products and cosmetics contain harmful microbeads through the Beat the Microbead app. Add products to the database and join the fight against microplastics! Download the app here.

- Use your money to help shape a fairer, more sustainable world. The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) works for economic justice, human rights and environmental stewardship. Their vision is to see money used in a way that creates a fairer and more sustainable world. They are running a series of free online events during Good Money Week (24 – 30 October), organised to let people know they have sustainable and ethical options when it comes to banks, pensions, savings and investments. Register here to hear Dr Rowan Williams and Dr Ruth Valerio exploring the relevance of the Christian faith to our finances and the wider economy or here to find out more about your church’s financial footprint.

             Defend
                


- Fight for filters on our washing machines and #StopOceanThreads. Washing synthetic clothes accounts for 35% of primary microplastics found in the environment, with one single clothes wash releasing up to 700,000 plastic microfibres into wastewater. And the best way to stop this flow of microfibres to our oceans? Fitting filters in all new domestic and commercial washing machines. Tell the government that you want filters on washing machines by law, by 2023 and sign the Marine Conservation Society’s petition here.

#ChoosetoReuse. Plastic pollution has increased massively since lockdown lifted.Take-away packaging is a big part of the problem. City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution at source, by connecting our actions to our oceans, are calling on high-street chains and  businesses across the UK to start accepting reusable coffee cups, containers and water bottles. Join the #RefillRevolution by always carrying your reusable bottle, cup and containers and help get reusables back on the menu again by signing the petition here.

- Remember, remember to be mindful of wildlife on the 5th November. If you are planning to do something or attend an event for bonfire night, only make your bonfire on the day of lighting it and check, check and check again to safeguard the wildlife in your garden or local woodland. A pile of logs ready for a bonfire can seem an attractive place to snooze for many small creatures so use a torch to make sure no hedgehogs, toads, frogs or newts have sneaked in just before you light the bonfire. Make sure your bonfire is fully put out. Do not burn it all, leave some dead wood and old leaves as habitat piles for wildlife.

Save the Date! 13 November.

A Rocha UK are keen to equip our supporters to raise their voices for the environment, in the run up to the UK hosting next year’s UN climate negotiations (aka COP26).

On 13 November 2020, we’re offering the Wild Christian community a chance to learn more about COP, the historical role of the churches campaigning around COPs, and about the Climate Sunday initiative enabling UK Christians and churches to take meaningful action around COP26 to defend climate and nature. 

The webinar will be held over a lunch time slot, 12-12:45pm with the hope that as many of you as possible are able to join us. Speakers will be COP-veteran and A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins, Hannah Brown from the Joint Public Issues Team (of Methodists, Baptists, URC and Church of Scotland), and James Anthony, Coordinator of the Climate Sunday Initiative. Please register for this free event on the Eventbrite link here. We will send a reminder and details on how to join this webinar closer to the day.

Wild Christian in the Spotlight

Do you know where your food comes from and how it ends up on your plate?

Perhaps you have recently celebrated Harvest as part of your church. Harvest festival (traditionally celebrated on the Sunday nearest the full moon occuring closest to the Autumn equinox - between the end of September and early October) marks an important date in the British farming calendar when the food of the land is gathered. Wild Christian Community member Hannah Persaud shares how learning more about our food system has impacted what her and her family choose to consume.

Read Hannah's story here.

 Show us your wild side - let us know how you're enjoying, nurturing or defending nature this month. Or perhaps you're doing other things that will inspire, challenge and encourage the Wild Christian community? Share your story via the online form including a photo of yourself or you in action. Why not use '#WildChristian' to share what you're up to on social media too.
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