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Our main item in this edition is to encourage you, if you haven't already, to book for our online Assembly on 20 November, A Change of Era: Climate, Covid and the missionary parish. 

Nothing could be more timely than to discern our way forward together, as a 'synodal' Church called to heal the world in the wake of COP26 and the Covid pandemic.  Let us introduce you to our speakers, all of whom are 'world class' in their different ways.
In these turbulent times, what is the Spirit saying to the Church?

Let's listen.  Join the annual Justice and Peace Assembly online next Saturday.
More about 'A Change of Era'
Book your place here
Introducing our speakers
Lord Deben is Chair of the Climate Change Committee, which advises the government on climate policy.  He was the UK’s longest-serving Secretary of State for the Environment (1993 to 1997).  Hotfoot from COP26 in Glasgow, Lord Deben has been invited to help us absorb the outcome of the climate summit, and its implications for our future.
Raymond Friel was appointed early this year as Chief Executive of Caritas Social Action Network.  The Diocese of Nottingham is one of CSAN's newest members.  As well as a varied career in education and social action, Raymond has written several books, including The Revolution of Tenderness: How to be a Catholic in today’s Church
We're also delighted to announce we'll be joined by two speakers from the Nottingham Environmental Engagement Lab (NEEL) at the University of Nottingham.  We'd like to share with you an innovative project we are working on together, with the working title of Local Lives, Global Stories

We want to help people in our parishes from countries around the world to lend their voice in creating a safer, more just and more sustainable world.  Many of us have fellow parishioners from countries which are being hit hard by climate change.  The project will enable their stories to be heard, so that together we can build a movement for change here in the UK.
Dr Charles Ogunbode is an Assistant Professor in Applied Psychology at the University of Nottingham. His research centres around understanding the psychological factors that shape how people judge and respond to environmental risks such as climate change.
Rosie Brown is a postgraduate student in Human Geography at  the University of Nottingham.  Her research project will investigate perceptions of climate risks among urban ethnic minority communities in the UK. Her research interests include the role of religion in climate change engagement, mitigation and adaptation, as well as environmental equality and  environmental racism.
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'A Change of Era'
Saturday 20 November

Hard on the heels of COP26, join our online Diocesan Justice and Peace Assembly, with Bishop Patrick and parishioners from around our diocese, and two high-profile keynote speakers:
  • Lord Deben, Chair of the Climate Change Committee, which advises the UK Government on climate policy.
  • Raymond Friel,  Chief Executive of Caritas Social Action Network. 

Pope Francis has said ‘We do not live in an era of change so much as a change of era’.  There is no doubting his words. Covid-19 is still rife worldwide and climate change is accelerating. In these turbulent times, three things abide: faith, hope and love.

You will be warmly welcome to join by Zoom from 10.00 a.m. to 1.15 p.m., to listen and share what the Spirit is saying to the Church – particularly as parish communities called to mission in the wake of Covid-19 and the Glasgow climate summit the previous week.

More details and booking at

More about 'A Change of Era'
Download the provisional programme
Book your place here
Nottingham parishioners may be interested in a fascinating interfaith event on 18 November at Nottingham Trent University, advertised below.  There will be input from three familiar names. 
  • Patricia Stoat will talk about the Salaam Shalom Kitchen, at which local Muslims, Jews and Christians cook hot meals for vulnerable people in the city. 
  • Paul Bodenham will introduce a discussion on interfaith action for the environment. 
  • Bishop Patrick will be a closing panellist alongside partners from other faiths.
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On 13 November Here: Now: Us comes to Leicester.  There's still some places left, but not a lot, so follow the link below to book your place soon!
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