End of the Age of Thorns: Surviving consumerism

Christian Ecology Link Conference: Saturday 5 March 2011, 11am to 5pm, St John’s Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY  (opposite entrance to Waterloo station)

More information below and at www.christian-ecology.org.uk/thorns

Come and explore spiritual roots for a new economics, for our own humanity and all life on Earth. Engage with Peter Owen Jones on a new relationship with money and how we can challenge the consumerist age we live in. Take part in a workshop on green economics led by Tim Cooper.

 Speakers: Peter Owen Jones and Tim Cooper


  • Green economics;
  • Shopping as if the planet mattered;
  • Greening the church in daily life.

Cost: Non-CEL members £20 (deadline end of January for ‘early bird’ price of £15).

CEL members £15.

Bargain tickets of £5 for the first 20 students, under the age of 25, who apply.

Booking forms: phone 0845 459 8460 or download from www.christian-ecology.org.uk/thorns-booking.pdf or email bookings@christian-ecology.org.uk

Peter Owen Jones is a long-time supporter of CEL and a popular speaker. You will probably have seen at least one of his fascinating BBC series: ‘How to live a simple life’, ‘Around the World in 80 Faiths’, and ‘Extreme Pilgrim’. He is a Church of England vicar in a parish near Lewes in East Sussex; writer of several books including Letters from an Extreme Pilgrim (2010) and Psalm: The World’s Finest Soul Poetry in a Contemporary Idiom (2009); and founder of the Arbory Trust, the first Christian woodland burial site.

Tim Cooper is Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University, a founder member of CEL and former CEL Chair. He is author of Longer lasting products; alternative to the throwaway society (2010) and Green Christianity (1990).


  • Green Economics: Tim Cooper will run two different sessions combining input and discussion. Both sessions will be self-contained so you can go to both, or just one.
  • Shopping as if the planet mattered: Bring your own ideas to share, led by Ashley Ralston, CEL trustee and a director of Better Tomorrows.
  • Greening the church in daily life. Eco-congregations are not just for Sundays. They should give every member the chance to change their life. Come and discuss ideas and experiences that can help people start on a journey of a lifetime – including CEL’s ecocell programme, led by Ruth Jarman, CEL trustee and climate change campaigner.

Plus time out for networking and browsing useful resources.

 Christian Ecology Link

CEL Office address: 10 Beech Hall Road, London E4 9NX.

Christian Ecology Link Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales.

Registered address: 76 Old Eign Hill, Tupsley, Hereford HR1 1UA.

Company Registration No.  2445198

Registered Charity No.  328744.


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