Monday, 10 May, 7.30 to 9pm
Do you find yourself waking early, with an overwhelming sense of dread? Are you living with a sense of deep foreboding about the future of the planet? If not you, do you know someone who is anxious and fearful about the increase of wild fires and flooding, oceans rising, and plastic? About diminishing biodiversity and habitats? About rising, not falling, levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, and extreme weather that suggest our climate is changing?
Frankie Ward talks about how hope is generated every time we turn towards the God who creates, seeking God’s love and forgiveness, looking for signs of the grace that energizes each particle of existence. Hope springs eternal when we align ourselves with God’s creative power. And what might this mean, in practice?
Christians can find it difficult to talk or even engage with the possibility of the climate crisis, for it all seems so enormous. How do we cope with the range of feelings that hit home? How do we remain hopeful, and encourage others to be hopeful too, in today’s world?
Frankie is a freelance theologian, researcher and writer, preacher, speaker and teacher as well as half-time Priest in Charge of St Michael’s and St John’s Churches in Workington, Cumbria. She has been the chair of Engaging Theology in Cumbria since 2018.
From 2010–2017 she was the Dean of St Edmundsbury in Suffolk, a member of the General Synod and a Trustee of the Church of England National Society. From 2006–2010 she was a Residentiary Canon at Bradford Cathedral, engaged in inter-faith work with Muslim women.
Her publications include Lifelong Learning (2005), Why Rousseau was Wrong: Christianity and the Secular Soul (2013), Theological Reflection: Methods (with Elaine Graham and Heather Walton, 2nd ed., 2019), Holy Attention: Preaching in Today’s Church (co-edited with Richard Sudworth, 2019). Full of Character: A Christian Approach to Education for the Digital Age (2019) and Like There’s No Tomorrow (2020).