Online Summer School in Biblical and Theological Studies


“The Earth is the Lord’s”: Caring for Creation, Honouring God

The opening words of Psalm 24 are well known: “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” and yet, humanity has historically treated the earth as if it was ours and ours alone to do with as we pleased. Christians have, sadly, often taken our dominion over the earth and other creatures as permission for exploitation. Both the Bible and the Christian tradition offer us an alternative vision for humanity’s relationship to the rest of creation, one of care, responsibility, and mutual flourishing that shows us that caring for creation is an act of praise honouring to God.

Humanity is now having an unprecedented impact on the natural world. How we care for our world is becoming an evermore pressing question. This Summer School will explore the themes of creation care found in scripture and tradition, and look at how a theology of creation care is being put into practice in different contexts.

Wednesday, 8th July

10:00  Revd Jen Brown: Welcome and introduction

10:05  Dr Hywel Clifford: Creation Care in the Old Testament 

11:00  Dr Rebecca Dean: The kingdom of God and the transformation of the wilderness in the Synoptic Gospels 

12:00  Revd Dr Darrell Hannah: The work of Operation Noah, a Christian charity working with the Church to inspire action on climate change

Place: Online on Zoom

Cost: £15


Thursday, 9th July

10:00  Revd Jen Brown: Welcome and introduction

10:05  Prof. Meric Srokosz: Caring for the Oceans 

11:00  Revd Jen Brown: Loving our neighbours - the inclusion of non-human animals in Creation Care

12:00  Revd Dr Andrew Gosler: Of Faith and Feathers - or Conservation as a Human Rights Issue

Place: Online on Zoom

Cost: £15

Revd Dr Andrew Gosler

Associate Professor in Applied Ethnobiology and Conservation, University of Oxford

Revd Dr Darrell Hannah

Environmental Issues Network, Churches Together

Prof. Meric Srokosz

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University

Cuddesdon Faculty:

Revd Jen Brown

Director, Cuddesdon School of Theology and Ministry


Dr Hywel Clifford

Lecturer in Old Testament

Dr Rebecca Dean

Lecturer in New Testament