Our Creationtide programme is below - click on a page to zoom or download here.
We’ve also prepared some suggested prayers and actions and activities for each week of Creationtide. You can download full details here.
Creationtide Feast Recipes
Please click here to access some of the recipes we used at our Creationtide Feast.
Recordings of Creationtide talks
Biographies of our Creationtide speakers
Steven read music at the University of East Anglia (UK), and then worked in production and studio management for BBC Network Radio.
Radio and television were naturally where he achieved his first success as a composer, as he knew many producers who needed high quality, original music. This quickly developed into music for film, theatre and audio visual soundtracks.
Steven is also ordained in the Church of England, and has gained a research degree in theology and music from Bristol University. More recently he has been composing The Psalms Project for commercial release and live performance. In 2018 he was joined by his son, Clem, to co-compose You Are - Volume IV of the Psalms Project.
Clare has been a member of Redland for over 40 years off and on. Married to Gerry, they have three grown up children and several grandchildren.
She retired from General Practice in 2009, and was licensed as a lay minister in 2010. She is passionate about mission in its broadest sense, and about the church’s involvement with the community.
Vassili is a whale biologist who studied sperm whales from small sailing boats in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He has spent most of his career trying to stop commercial whaling and more recently becoming involved in addressing the other threats that whales and dolphins face, such as ocean noise, pollution and collisions with ships. In 2018 he sailed a whale research boat from Uruguay to Portugal, conducting acoustic and visual survey en route and ocean plastics trawls. In addition he has looked at the exploitation of sharks in ten key catch or trade countries, working with local experts to look at what is going wrong and what can be done to improve the situation.
Vassili is keen that animal welfare of wild animals is taken properly into consideration when making decisions on their future. For we need to treat all creatures decently. In this context he has explored ideas relating to marine mammals
Locally, Vassili is chairman of Sustainable Redland and Secretary of the Bristol Tree Forum (an organisation that he helped to set up). Sustainable Redland's most visible activity is the farmers market every Saturday on Whiteladies Rd. The Bristol Tree Forum was set up to address the loss of urban trees (particularly street trees) and encourage community engagement in tree management decisions. His talk will encourage a discussion on the limits of individual changes in behaviour to decrease our impact on the planet versus the things that can only be done by local authorities or governments acting alone or together with others. In the end local action depends upon finding sympathetic individuals, whether council officers or councillors. Exactly the same is true when looking at international issues. Only so much can be done by individuals - the key will be dramatic changes in our political system to address the climate emergency and the myriad threats to our natural environment. At a local level we have yet to see the dramatic changes that we need following Bristol City Council's declaration of a climate emergency.
Born and brought up in Bristol, Bob first became involved in green issues as a pupil at Westbury Park Junior School, when he was part of the year group planting trees around the edge of Redland Green. (Do any of you remember the strap line, ‘Plant a tree - 73?’). Love of the natural environment and associated processes led him to study geography in Plymouth. His first job teaching was in Cornwall, where he met Dee. They now have two older children.
Later, they went to serve for 12 years in West Africa, leading mission schools before returning to teach in Suffolk. He has witnessed first-hand the impact on climate from the loss of tropical rainforest to palm oil plantations in the Ivory Coast and the desertification and drought of Senegal. Encouragingly he has observed the subsequent responses at a local level, mainly by women to reforest, thus contributing to a barrier known as the ‘Great Green Wall,’ stretching the width of Sub-Sahara Africa.
Bob is about to start his second year of training for ordination at Trinity College here in Bristol. In his first year, he was part of the College’s Green Team, helping to promote ecological and environmental issues amongst the student population. Having acquired bikes, Dee and Bob hope to reduce their carbon footprint by cycling more in the City.
Growing up a clergy child in Hertfordshire and visiting family in Kent, some of William’s earliest memories involve farms, cows and longs walks in the country, alongside visiting National Trust properties. This has installed in him a love of God’s creation, and recognition of humanity’s place in it. He shares this with his wife Karen, an amateur ecologist and enthusiastic gardener (though William’s fingers are far from green).
William is about to start his second of three years of Ordination training at Trinity College and is looking forward to exploring the links between academic theology, and the wonder of God’s creation in the wider world. He and Karen are also attempting to lessen their effect on the environment by doing things we can all try doing - growing their own veg, reducing plastic usage and shifting to environmentally friendly cleaning materials.
Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Senior Research Fellow at Bristol University. He obtained his first degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge in 1970 before moving to Bristol to study for his PhD and subsequently joined the academic staff. In that capacity he ran a large research group and several teaching programmes. He has published more than 200 original research papers and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008. In 2010 he was awarded the Keilin Memorial Lecture and Medal of The Biochemical Society. Andrew has served in various leadership and teaching roles in the church and academia including being a past Chair of the British Heart Foundation Project Grants Committee and the Bristol Heart Institute. His research interests include how lactic acid crosses cell membranes and the role of mitochondria in the healthy and diseased heart. He is currently the National Chair of Christians in Science and in that capacity he is passionate about helping people to see how Science is a friend and not an enemy of the Christian Faith.
Dave’s role as Director of Theology for A Rocha International has two main dimensions. He leads on working to embed creation care into global and international Christian organizations, theological institutions, and mission movements. In relation to this he serves as Lausanne Global Catalyst for Creation Care, co-leading the global Lausanne / World Evangelical Alliance Creation Care Network. He is also on the Church of England’s Environment Working Group and the global Season of Creation Steering Committee. Secondly, Dave is a member of the A Rocha International Management Team, particularly providing advice and resources for ARI’s Trustees, Team and national A Rocha organizations.
Dave has worked with A Rocha since 1997, first as an International Trustee, then from 2001 with A Rocha UK as co-founder (with his wife Anne), National Director, and in other roles, before joining A Rocha International in 2011. Throughout this time he has been a mission partner with CMS, seconded to A Rocha.
Dave’s passion is communicating biblical teaching to today’s cultures, and he has spoken around the world to conferences, colleges and churches. He has a PhD from Cambridge University on biblical theology and biodiversity conservation, and has contributed to many books and articles. One of his books, Planetwise – Dare to Care for God’s World (IVP, 2008) has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, German and Spanish and is used as a basic biblical guide to creation care in many contexts. Another, God Doesn’t do Waste (IVP, 2010), tells the story of Dave and his family’s journey into caring for creation leading to founding A Rocha UK, and was selected by Third Way magazine as one of its books of the year for 2010.
Born and raised in India, Dave has a love for Indian food, Indian culture and Indian Christianity. He, his wife Anne, and their family live in multi-cultural Southall, London, where Dave (an ordained Anglican minister) is part-time Vicar of a multi-racial church, St Mary’s Norwood Green and where as a family they try to live as sustainably as possible. Dave is also a qualified bird-ringer and loves birding, islands, running and mountains.
After working as an English teacher at Christ’s Hospital, and then as an Anglican clergyman near Liverpool, UK, Peter and his wife Miranda moved to Portugal in 1983 to establish and run A Rocha’s first field study centre and bird observatory. In 1995 the work was given over to national leadership and they moved to France where together with national colleagues they oversaw the establishment of two other centres while travelling to resource the growing movement of Christians active in nature conservation. Since 2010, Peter and Miranda have been based in the UK.
Keeping Faith in Fundraising (Eerdmans, 2017) has been written with Rod Wilson and raises questions about the nature of philanthropy and fundraising in contemporary culture. Fundraising has been an essential element of life for both authors and so they reflect, from experience on both sides of the Atlantic, on how Christians can best raise funds with integrity.
Alan qualified as a lawyer in the City of London and then moved with his family in 1986 to Bristol, joining Burges Salmon LLP from which he retired as Senior Partner last year. His understanding of “green” issues was greatly enhanced in serving on the board of Bristol 2015 Limited, which successfully won the accolade of European Green Capital for the City of Bristol. Serving on that board with many committed, well informed and practical environmentalists, highlighted the complex issues which arise in trying to ensure “green” considerations have their proper place in the life of a city - the issues are clear, the answers less so. Placing the challenge created by human misuse of the planet within the context of Christ’s mission to save humanity and the Church’s role in both, is a topic Alan still struggles with. As in all difficult issues the divine balance must be continually sought, even if it is unlikely ever to be perfectly understood in this world.
Steve Nicholls is a multi-award-winning series producer, producer and director of science and natural history documentaries, with over 30 years’ experience. He is passionate about communicating science and the wonders of nature to as wide an audience as possible, which he does through film and television as well as writing and lectures.
He holds a PhD in entomology from the University of Bristol and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. After his PhD, he worked as a research scientist for 3 years at the University of Bristol, dividing his time between the Zoology and Physics Departments before leaving to join the BBC’s Natural History Unit.
He spent 10 years producing films at the BBC NHU, following which he set up Burning Gold Productions with Victoria Coules and together they ran this independent production company for nearly ten years. In late 2013 he became Senior Executive Producer of a newly formed documentary production company, Warehouse 51 Productions. He is now a company director of Hooded Crow Pictures and continues to make wildlife and science documentaries for a range of clients, including National Geographic, Discovery and BBC.
In 2009 he wrote ‘Paradise Found’ for the University of Chicago Press, which collated a large series of documents from the 15th century onwards to produce a new view of the nature of North America at the time of European discovery. He is currently working on a book on the ecology of Britain’s wildflowers to be published October 2019.
He was the vice-chair of the Avon Wildlife Trust for over 10 years, an organisation responsible for nature conservation across part of southwest England, running over 30 nature reserves. He is currently a member of council for the Bristol Naturalists Society. He is also a multi- award-winning wildlife stills photographer.
Dr Justin Stratis has served as Tutor in Christian Doctrine at Trinity College Bristol since 2012. He writes and researches mainly around the doctrines of God and the Holy Trinity, as well as other classical theological topics. He resides in Bristol with his wife Melissa, three children, and a high energy Labrador called Maisie.
David is a retired architect and for many years was a partner of an architectural practice in Bristol. He studied environmental science at London University and has a long-standing concern for different aspects of environmental sustainability.
From 2002 to 2014 David and his wife Ruth worked in Singapore with a Christian mission, OMF International. During that time OMF appointed David to a role focusing on the growing environmental challenges, their impacts on the peoples of East Asia, and appropriate missional responses. David continues this international role from his base in the UK.