The John Ray Initiative (JRI) organises and collaborates in many conferences, seminars and consultations.

In the autumn of 2022 JRI introduced Webinars, run approximately bi-monthly. To see details of future events and to book your place please click here.

Recordings of the Webinars are available from the Webinars page.

The webinars have been (most recent first):

  • 6th February 2024 – JRI 25th Anniversary Webinar, Climate Change: Dealing with Disagreement, Dr Katharine Hayhoe
  • 18th January 2024 – Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change, Dr Mike Morecroft
  • 18th December 2023 – Perspectives on COP29 as an Observer, Marie South
  • 12th October 2023 – Caring for God’s Acre, Harriet Carty
  • 29th June 2023 – Creation Care and Mission, David Gould and Paul Woods
  • 11th May 2023 – Sustainable Management on the Coast. Can theology make a difference? Les Batty
  • 13th April 2023 – God at the Centre? How Theocentrism reconciles conservation and development, Ben Lowe and Rachel Lamb
  • 4th February 2023 – The Land: Theology and Practice, Margot Hodson and Norman Wirzba
  • 17th November 2022 – COP27: What’s been happening and what happens next? Mike Morecroft and Dave Griggs

An Annual Conference was held for a number of years, and the list below has links to information about resource materials made available following past conferences.

March 2018 Conference

‘Transport Now and in the Future – What are the issues?’ – to be held at Westmead Hotel, Birmingham on Saturday 17th March 2018. Full details from this link

March 2017 Conference

‘Nature in the Balance’ – was held at Bournville College, Birmingham on Saturday 18th March 2017. Full details from this link

March 2016 Conference

A Sustainable Future? A serious look at the new Sustainable Development Goals

Held at Bournville College, Birmingham. Reports and downloads from the main speakers and all seminars can be found here

March 2015 Conference

Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change

Held at Redcliffe College, Gloucester.

March 2014 Conference

Sustainable Communities: What has the church got to offer?

Held at Redcliffe College, Gloucester. Videos (on YouTube) of keynote speakers Ruth Valerio and Tim Gorringe

March 2013 Conference

Genetically modified food and crops

Held at Redcliffe College, Gloucester.