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Slideshow about Art at the Chapel for Re-Imagine Conference Feb 2017

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Free the Seeds Exhibition

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FREE THE SEEDS

Supporting Farmers in India and Bangladesh

The story of how the power of corporate seed companies impacts on ordinary people

Photography by Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Text by Global Justice Now

12th – 24th January 2017

The exhibition is free, and open during Chapel Café times: 10am – 4pm on weekdays & 10am – 3pm on Saturdays

 Please click here for a pdf version of the exhibition 

India –the campaigner who wants to free the seeds

image1Kapil Shah works for an organisation in Maharashtra called Jatan: Mission for Organic Farming. Kapil says that at the start farmers were happy with the introduction of Monsanto’s GM cotton. Good weather conditions and a high global price for cotton made it profitable for farmers to grow. So, many farmers stopped growing vegetables and other crops to just focus on cotton. After almost 8 years of growing GM cotton, farmers started to experience serious problems.
He says pesticide use had increased to the same level, or even more, than before the introduction of Monsanto’s cotton. Pests have become more aggressive than they were before, with some even becoming resistant to pesticides, meaning that farmers are buying even more. Crops are becoming susceptible to diseases that previously were not a problem. Soil quality has deteriorated because GM cotton drains soil of its nutrients. The switch to cotton farming has also meant that less food was grown locally, leading to food shortages. Continue reading


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Christian Voices Coming Out Exhibition

FEBRUARY 2017 EXHIBITION 

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2nd – 21st Feb 2017

Christian Voices Coming Out is a heritage project capturing the stories of pioneering LGBT Christian activists, advocates and allies over the past 40 years. These individuals have worked for the acceptance, affirmation and welcome of queer and transgender people. They have challenged the churches when they have diminished and dismissed their lives, loves and identities. and borne witness to a Christian faith built on principles of justice, compassion and love.

The exhibition includes the stories of many LGBT Christian activists, advocates and allies from a wide variety of church backgrounds, celebrating 40 years of prophecy, protest and pride.

Read more about the heritage project and exhibition on the ‘Christian Voices Coming Out’ website – click here 

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EXHIBITION EVENT 

Thursday 9th Feb 6.15 – 7.15pm

Please join us for our February ‘Talk in the Chapel’ by Tracey Byrne, chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) about the ‘Christian Voices Coming Out’ heritage project and exhibition.

The exhibition is free, and open during Chapel Café times:

10am – 4pm on weekdays
10am – 3pm on Saturdays
Bishop Street Church
10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square LE1 6AF

To find out more about the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement go to http://www.lgcm.org.uk or Click here

To read an article in the Church Times about our speaker Tracey Byrne Click Here 

 

 


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Jesus the Refugee and Present Day Asylum Seekers

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“…no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head…”

Did you know that according to the Bible, Jesus was effectively homeless three times in his life? The first time was when he was born, the second time was shortly after his birth when his family had to flee for his safety, and the third time was when he was an adult travelling from village to village with no fixed abode.

Refugees have been in the news a great deal over the last few years.  Each of us will have seen pictures in the news of mothers, fathers and children forced from their homes and risking their lives to get to safety. Mary, Joseph and Jesus were in a very similar situation to the refugees we see in the news.

The weeks leading up to Christmas, and Christmas itself, can feel like a very cosy and ‘enchanting’ time of year. The story of God coming to earth in Jesus is very beautiful but it is also full of a lot of suffering and danger. After the three wise men visited King Herod on their way to baby Jesus, King Herod had all the boys under two years old in the area killed! Angels appeared to the shepherds announcing the news of the special birth of Jesus, but a few months later an angel appeared to Joseph with less joyful news. The angel told him to flee to another country immediately to avoid the young Jesus being murdered!

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Christmas Crafts 2016

We had a great time making these Nativity themed Christmas decorations at our drop-in craft sessions at Bishop Street. If you want to find out how we made them please click on the link below for a pdf with full instructions.

The crafts were chosen to offer a range of activities for all ages and abilities and we enjoyed sharing the company and conversation of all who came along to have a go.

CLICK HERE FOR CHRISTMAS CRAFT INSTRUCTIONS 

Click here for Nativity Finger puppet instructions and free download 

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