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The Rt Rev James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool
The Rt Rev James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool

Press Release - 06 November 2006

Free public lecture: Jesus and the Earth

What did Jesus say about the environment? Local people can find out about Jesus’ attitude to the Earth in a free public lecture by the Rt Rev James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, at the University of Bath in Swindon on Wednesday 8 November.

Bishop James is deeply involved in environmental issues and recognises that more and more people are questioning the guidance Christianity and other faiths can offer concerning the problems facing our planet.

His lecture shares his studies of the Gospels and his passionate belief that Jesus is the saviour not only of humanity, but also the saviour of the planet and of the whole cosmos, which came into being through him and for him.

Bishop James said: “My own spirituality has, since I was a boy, been heartily focused on Jesus. I read, translate and study the Gospels nearly every day. As I became more intensely aware of the critical issues facing the earth, not least through my encounters with young people, I found myself urgently enquiring whether this concern found any sympathy in the teaching and example of Jesus.

“I unearthed things in the Gospels which persuade me that Jesus not only was earthed but also saw his mission as none other than the earthing of heaven.”

James Jones became Bishop of Liverpool in 1998. He is deeply involved in urban regeneration and is a passionate advocate of enabling local people to shape their own destinies.

Working in partnership with a number of government agencies including the Regional Development Agency for the North West, he has set up Operation EDEN, a multi-faith community-based environmental programme that works to improve local neighbourhoods. Projects include community food growing schemes, a renewable energy demonstration project and the creation of a recycled glass mural.

He lectures widely and broadcasts regularly on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

Bishop James’ latest book, Jesus and the Earth looks at the relationship between Christianity and the environment.

Admission and parking for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture runs from 5.30pm until 6.30pm in the main hall at the Oakfield campus.

The lecture is organised in association with Swindon Churches Together.

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