Doing the CRES course was a great experience, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in how the Christian faith relates to the environment. The structure of the course means that everyone covers some basic ideas about religion and the environment, but also allows for a lot of flexibility so that you can pursue your own interests.
I work as an environmental historian, and taking this course helped me to make connections between my personal and academic interests in the environment and my Christian faith. In particular, the course gave me lots of opportunities for thinking about the relationship between religion and the environment in the history of Antarctica, which is my main academic field of study.
The mixture of residential weekends and independent study with the support of a tutor works very well. I really enjoyed going to Cuddesdon for the residential weekends and always left buzzing with ideas. It was great to meet other students and tutors on the course as well as some wonderful guest speakers who came in to talk to us about various topics related to faith and the environment. I also really enjoyed the summer field trips to local farms and places of worship – not only was it good to see environmental theology being put into action, but it was also a good opportunity to get to know each other.
Considering that CRES is run almost entirely on a voluntary basis, it is an incredibly professional educational experience. The modules are of a very high standard and the academic support is exceptional. It is my hope that the Church will do a lot more in relation to the environment over the next few years, and the CRES course is a great opportunity to come together to learn and to think about what the relationship between fairth and the environment might look like.