Green solution may cost us less
THE other day I found to think in a fresh way. It provides carbon-neutral heating system.
an old Philips energy-
saving light bulb in a the big the church with an opportunity to
be relevant to society’s concerns,
and – more than that – to bring a
Pie in the sky? Well the reali-
ty at the moment is that there is
too much carbon in the sky! Our
cupboard under the prophetic witness as far as stew- church had its first green evening
stairs. ardship is concerned. the other day. Someone pointed
Incredibly, someone had I calculate that our church out that if we had to wheel out
taken it out and put an old-fash- emits so much carbon each year wheelbarrows of carbon at the
ioned high-energy light bulb in its that by 2050 it would equate to end of each service and take them
How can we make our church’s heating and lighting systems half a million tonnes! This sounds to the dump, we would soon be in
place – a step backwards, I think!
more eco-friendly without spending a fortune? The Rev Andrew enormous but I guarantee that uproar. The reality is that we
When I bought the energy-saving
Fordyce, curate at Liphook and Bramshott, has a brainwave. older churches would be similar. don’t see carbon emissions, so the
light bulb 10 years ago, it was
expensive and rather quaint in have done our theological home- The Church has actually If our parish invested in a carbon- old “out of sight, out of mind”
that it took a while to reach full work. In the past, misguided always had a green agenda, but, neutral heating system – for adage comes into play.
brightness. interpretations of Scripture point- like my old light bulb, we are instance, a woodchip boiler – I Whether we buy into the glob-
But I wasn’t being a green ed to an understanding that God being slow in places to light up to don’t see why we could not legit- al warning argument or not, the
visionary. To me, as a Christian, it gave Adam “domination” of the it. There is always the drive to do imately pay for the scheme by potential threat is significant.
was financially good stewardship. earth in Genesis. better but the other threat is to accepting carbon-offset donations Setting aside the climate chaos
The reality of global warming But more careful work sug- feel overwhelmed by it all. from local individuals and busi- we may all face, the people most
wasn’t really on the agenda – it gests a closer translation of the Let’s remember that we each nesses. It would be a type of mod- likely to suffer are. . . the poor.
was more of a specialist issue. phrase is that humankind is to be have our part to play, but let’s also ern-day ‘green patronage’. And As Christians, we are com-
Ten years later, global warm- a “co-steward” of creation. When think collectively. One crackpot perhaps other churches could fol- missioned to be co-stewards of
ing and green issues are certainly the same phrase is used to call idea that I had may actually have low suit? God’s precious creation. Let’s not
mainstream. They are one of the God’s chosen people to have wings. I got thinking about car- The structure would have to take backward steps and replace
yardsticks by which individuals’ “dominion” in Israel/ Palestine, it bon offsetting and the practical be put in place and churches old heating systems on a like-for-
and political parties’ credentials was not with a view to the challenge of heating and lighting would have to make bold deci- like basis.
are judged. Israelites engaging in open-cast big old draughty buildings. sions, trusting that the money Let’s wake up to the prophetic
One of the challenges to the mining and extracting everything Our PCC needs to think and would follow. But, amazingly, initiative we can take, and walk
Church is to address this green they could. Rather, it was a call to pray about what to do with our there are government grants out humbly and act justly for the sake
agenda – an agenda we should go, grow and bless the land and church’s heating system, and at there, some attracting 40 per cent of our planet – and especially for
already be plugged into if we receive the fruits of such labours. such a crossroads I think it’s good funding towards the purchase of a the sake of our poor.
A new wave of Christian broadcasting is sweeping The service was attended by civic dignitaries, church leaders from sen by Ofcom in 2003 to
across the country following the introduction of com- many different denominations and around 400 Christians from across test the viability and sustain-
the city. ability of community radio.
munity radio by the government.
Chris Cole, who with his wife Kerry, founded Cross Rhythms more Cross Rhythms Stockton-
Community radio is a new third style of local radio supplementing pub- than 20 years ago, said that the new radio station will serve not only on-Tees is due to start
lic service broadcasting by the BBC and commercial radio. the Christian church in Plymouth, but also the community as a whole. broadcasting at the end of
A number of Christian groups have been successful in securing the “Although the station’s content is founded and shaped by Christian val- 2007 and it is hoped that up
five year FM licences from Ofcom., the government’s broadcasting reg- ues, our broadcasting output will be designed to appeal to everyone in to 10 Cross Rhythms sta-
ulator. the community, focusing on community life in the city,” he said. tions will eventually be
These include Cross Rhythms Plymouth, the latest community station granted community radio
“We believe the Christian community plays a huge part in the life of the licences.
to open in the UK. It s official launch took place at St Andrew’s city and we want to reflect that on Cross Rhythms Plymouth.”
Church, the city’s mother church, at the end of March following a serv- Jon Bellamy, CEO of Cross
ice of dedication. Christian broadcasting is nothing new to Plymouth. Cross Rhythms Rhythms in Stoke-on-Trent
was originally launched as a 30 minute show on Plymouth Sound in said: “We believe we have
1983 and grew to an hour long programme on Sunday evenings, created a model that can be
broadcast for more than 15 years in total. successfully replicated by
From those initial beginnings in Plymouth, Cross Rhythms has grown Christian groups in other
into a multi-media ministry with radio, internet and festivals aimed at cities and towns in the UK.
appealing to young people with a gospel message. “We are already in discussions with several interested groups who are
Chris Cole added: “We are delighted that having broadcast on a limit- keen to bring the gospel message to today’s young generation through
ed basis on Plymouth Sound for so many years, we have now been the radical presentation and style of contemporary Christian music.”
granted a five-year licence enabling us to broadcast 24 hours a day, For more information visit www.crossrhythms.co.uk or
365 days a year.”
contact Jon Bellamy on 01782 877309.
Cross Rhythms Plymouth is collaborating closely with Cross Rhythms
City Radio in Stoke-on-Trent, which itself was awarded a five year • Cross Rhythms Plymouth has close links with Cornerstone Vision,
licence in 2005. publishers of this Diocesan newspaper. Cornerstone will provide
Cross Rhythms City Radio was one of a handful of pilot stations cho- sales, marketing and publicity support for the new station in Plymouth.