If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘yes’, then Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES) may be for you. In fact, this unique course is for enquirers with big questions about the state of the earth and issues facing the natural world.
This two-year distance learning course is run by A Rocha UK and the John Ray Initiative and is validated by Ripon College, Cuddesdon, near Oxford, UK. Modules look at:
– environmental theology;
– climate change;
– the rural church and much more.
‘At present we have eleven modules, and students take two compulsories and four options,’ said Principal Tutor Dr Martin Hodson (left of photo).
A plant scientist and environmental biologist, Martin added, ‘There’s plenty of choice and we’re looking at adding to that choice’.
CRES graduates come from various backgrounds – and include our own Community Manager Kailean Khongsai (right of photo). ‘Although raised in a Christian family, I didn’t see any connection between my faith and caring for the natural world,’ he said.
‘Seriously in need of more indepth knowledge about biblical teaching on creation care, I had the privilege of taking up the CRES course. It was exactly the thing I wanted to do since I joined A Rocha UK. I finally found a pathway where I could marry up my secular degree and my Christian faith.’
Students’ stories can be found here. More details on signing up can be found here. Cost for two years is £790, which includes two residential weekends and four day conferences, payable in two annual instalments. A small bursary fund is available. Contact CRES Administrator Lynda McKeown.