Leeds Church Institute Director, Dr Helen Reid, will lead this book club discussing Revd Dr Frances Ward’s book Like There’s No Tomorrow: Climate Crisis, Eco-Anxiety and God published by Sacristy Press 2020 which has been widely and positively reviewed. It tells of two journeys – one the voyage through the canals of England, the other an inward quest for peace of mind, hope and courage as the author faces into her own eco-anxiety caused by an honest engagement with the climate crisis that faces the planet. It offers resources for contemplation, particularly by drawing on the Psalms, that can undergird activism for change. Hannah Malcolm says this: “Buoyed beautifully by scripture, poetry, natural history, and theology, Ward invites us to turn fear to lament, finding the courage to be truthful, to grieve, and to give thanks.”
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About the author
Revd Dr Frances Ward is Priest in Charge of St Michael’s and St John’s Churches in Workington, Cumbria, working with her husband who is recently ordained after a career as a Paediatrician. She is an oblate at West Malling Abbey; a trustee of the Frere Educational Trust at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield; on the Common Awards Management Board, and a tutor at Cumbria Christian Learning. From 2010–2017 she was the Dean of St Edmundsbury in Suffolk, a member of the General Synod and a Trustee of the Church of England National Society. From 2006–2010 she was a Residentiary Canon at Bradford Cathedral, engaged in inter-faith work with Muslim women. She is currently studying for a Durham PhD with Professor Chris Insole entitled Order! Order! Edmund Burke, The Body Politic and Arbitrary Power.