CRES provides the opportunity to study a variety of rural and environmental issues from a Christian perspective. Topics covered include Biblical teaching on creation, food, farming, and economics; the physical and biological environment; and church and community in the countryside; set in both local and global contexts. There is certainly much of relevance for anyone concerned with environmental work, rural ministry, or living a more sustainable lifestyle. Personally, the course has provided me with the chance to think in greater depth about how my faith relates to my interests in environmental issues, and how this should affect all the lifestyle choices I make every day. Being involved in environmental education it has also helped me to understand and explain my motivations for this work, which may differ from those of my colleagues. Students are encouraged to choose topics that relate to personal interests or experience.
Initially CRES seemed a useful way of spending some of the extra time resulting from retirement instead of just letting it dribble away on tasks around the house and on jobs thought up by others. It turned out to be a good choice. It has proved to be an opportunity to clarify my ideas regarding my Christian faith and various environmental issues. It has given me a clearer understanding of the environmental crisis, allowed me to make some useful contacts, and opened up a number of ways for me to contribute. The material provided proved to be interesting and challenging. Whilst I was a bit apprehensive about writing essays after many years without any academic discipline, it turned out in fact to be very stimulating and prompted me to read more widely than I had before. The people who run the course are friendly and helpful, and the meetings with the other students of various ages and backgrounds, have been enjoyable and profitable. My advice then, to anyone debating whether or not to undertake the course - sign up and get started.
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