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Autumn Programme

Global Exploitation - or Global Flourishing?

Worship, Prayer and Christian Formation at Ely Cathedral: Autumn 2022

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This autumn at Ely Cathedral, we will be exploring the intimate link between the exploitation of the earth’s finite resources and the exploitation of human beings, and will be pondering our Christian response to the global politics of greed and fear in this time of war, climate crisis, mass displacement, mass migration and their attendant covert cultures of enslavement and abuse.

Psalm 19 sings of the earth’s wordless speech, witnessing to the goodness of God. Yet in our seasonal prayer, Basil the Great, writing in the fourth century, speaks with sorrow of the voice of the earth as a ‘groan of travail’ in the face of humanity’s ‘ruthless cruelty’. Humanity has been ignoring the silent music of God’s praise a long, long time.

Our programme of sermons, discussions, practical planning and action aims to help us, as disciples of Christ, to make the difference we can make, in the places and ways to which we are called, in order that those silent, and silenced, voices might indeed be heard and honoured, signs of light amid the darkness of the times.

Sunday 2 October
Climate Sunday: Reflecting and Acting Together Diocese of Ely
Organised by the Diocese of Ely Social Justice Network

We explore what it means to reflect and act together for God’s world. Speakers include Rebecca Watson, of the Faraday Institute, Jeremy Williams, author of Time to Act: A Resource Book by the Christians in Extinction Rebellion, and John Shropshire, CEO of local agricultural firm G’s Fresh.

Harvest Weekend

Friday 7 - Sunday 9 October
Join us to celebrate harvest. The main Nave will be filled with spectacular floral displays by the Flower Guild, and food and farming displays.

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Sunday 23 October, 6pm
Sir Tony Brenton, former British Ambassador to Russia, looks at recent setbacks to democracy and human rights worldwide – not least in Russia – and at why we can be confident that progress will resume.

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Prayer for the Season
O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all that lives. We remember with shame that we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty, so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to thee in song, has been a groan of travail. May we realise that thy creatures live not for us alone but for themselves and for thee, and that they love the sweetness of life.

Basil the Great (330-379). Adapted.

The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. One day pours out its song to another, and one night unfolds knowledge to another. They have neither speech nor language, and their voices are not heard; yet their sound has gone out into all lands, and their words to the end of the world. — Psalm 19.1-4