First Ever CRES Virtual Conference!

If it were not for the coronavirus lockdown we would have held an entire day at Ripon College Cuddesdon, near Oxford, on Saturday 18th April. When it was obvious that the day would have to be cancelled we thought that was all there was to it. But then CRES tutor, Ian Brooks, suggested that he might be able to run it virtually for us. We are very grateful to Ian for doing this, particularly at …

CRES Residential 2019 Report

We had another great residential on the 6th and 7th September at Ripon College Cuddesdon. After coffee, Martin Hodson, the CRES Principal Tutor, updated everyone on the exciting stage the course has reached, with many more applicants than normal. We discussed how we might make moves to accommodate the increased numbers. Several people came forward to volunteer extra help. In the afternoon we visited Sandy Lane Farm, a traditional, family-run, organic farm between Oxford and …

CRES Fees to Increase

CRES runs almost entirely with volunteers which is why we are able to keep our fees down and enable people to take the course who might otherwise be unable to afford courses with paid staff. But even CRES needs some finance to keep going! After many years of maintaining fees at £790 for the two years of the course, the CRES Steering Group has made the decision to increase these to £900 from the 1st …

Volunteers Needed!

CRES is expanding rapidly. With all of the interest in Climate Strikes, Extinction Rebellion and plastic there is huge interest amongst the general public. Now Eco Church stands at over 1750 churches registered and over 500 with awards. All of this interest is leading to unprecedented demand for places on the CRES course. But CRES is unusual in that it is almost entirely run by volunteers. This means that we can keep the fees down, …

Revised CRES Module: Globalization and Faith

We are pleased to announce the total revision of Module 4 for CRES: Globalization and Faith. The original version was written by Rev Dr John Reader over ten years ago and it was starting to date. For the revised 2nd edition John has much simplified the text, and it is intended to be accompanied by “The Very Short Introduction to Globalization” by Manfred Steger. The revised module is now ready and can be taken by …

New CRES Module: An Introduction to Environmental Ethics

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 12th module for CRES. Module 12: An Introduction to Environmental Ethics. This was written by Martin and Margot Hodson and is based on their Grove booklet of the same name. The module is now approved and can be taken by students. We have decided to make this an “Alternative Compulsory Module” with Module 9 (Rural and Environmental Theology). So all Certificate students must take at least …