Bristol – Beliefs, values and commitments


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Redland Church Hall
Redland Green Rd, Bristol , BS6 7HE
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Revd Dr Chris Sunderland

This is the final part of the “Our Fragile Planet – a Christian Perspective” series of lectures. (For a full list of lectures please see the Bristol page.)

Beliefs, values and commitments – Why science alone is not enough to solve climate change

Chris Sunderland has led a rich and varied life. Once he was a research biochemist, working in an Oxford laboratory at the cutting edge of biotechnology. During the 90s he was vicar in Barton Hill. a tower block estate near Bristol city centre. Since then he has worked as a social entrepreneur playing a founding role in initiatives such as Bristol Pound and Sims Hill Shared Harvest. Underneath all this, Chris remains convinced that we are living through an age of deep change, when all of our cultural systems, including our politics and our economics are in decline and something new is emerging. At this moment the one thing that human beings must pay attention to is our relationship with the earth.

He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is ‘Rise up with wings like eagles – discover inner strength to transform our relationship with the earth’.

In this talk Chris will show that climate change is a symptom of a wider disease that concerns the way that we perceive the earth and is reflected in the human-centredness of our institutions. We may pride ourselves on our scientific achievements and our reason, but, in practice, we are not as rational as we pretend. Beliefs, values and other commitments organise the narratives through which we perceive the world. Our response to climate change is being determined not by simple ideas but by a power struggle in which the life of the planet is at stake.

7pm for 7.30pm start

The venue is Redland Church Hall, Redland Green Rd, Bristol BS6 7HE – nearest train Redland Station; nearest bus no. 9; free parking on nearby roads.

No need to book; admission is free but donations are welcome (an average of £5 each will cover our running costs such as room hire, publicity and travel)