Borrowed Time

Journeying together through climate grief

Introduction to Cloud and Fire

We don’t know how the ecological crisis will play out. One thing is for sure: the future will not be like the past.

Anthropocene: the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

This new age has come to be known as the Anthropocene. It is a time of surging crises and collapsing certainties. But it is also a time when ancient and neglected counternarratives are coming into their own – the wilderness journey, the Dark Night, the Cloud of Forgetting, the still silence of letting-be. We are entering an age of faith and foreboding, a time for wise, courageous and humble leadership from those in ministry and from the rest of us, all reluctant prophets and misfits burdened with insight.

Cloud and Fire is a contemplative Christian journey anchored in Scriptural archetype, symbol and image. It is an invitation to make new meanings in the climate emergency by:

Through prayer and discernment, these motifs will become for us means of grace and clues to navigation. Each participant will discover a path unique to them, but gain from each other courage and wisdom for an uncharted future.

Who it is for

Cloud and Fire offers pastoral formation for the Anthropocene. It brings together small groups of participants, under the canopy of Borrowed Time, Green Christian’s programme offering pastoral care in the climate and ecological crisis.

There is only one entry qualification for Cloud and Fire – to assent to the ‘Creed’ below, which establishes some common working assumptions for a cohesive group and a creative experience.

Cloud and Fire is for anyone who senses a call to one or more of the tasks set out in the Creed below, both for personal benefit and especially for the common good. It will be of particular value to those with responsibilities for pastoral care, worship and spiritual guidance in our churches.

If you are comfortable with the Creed, and would like to join a group, or talk with a member of the team, please get in touch via the contact page.

We look forward to hearing from you and starting the conversation.

Cloud and Fire – a creed

We believe:

Therefore: those who seek to live truthfully, and/or to offer pastoral care in faith contexts, are faced with significant new tasks which may include: