23 August 2010
It might be a little patch of earth you work on; a quiet spot
where you spend time in thought; a view that stops you in your
From 1st to 30th September the Diocese of Oxford is running
Inspired by Creation, a competition to find out how people
encounter God through creation. People are invited to send in
original photographs, poems or prayers that capture the place that
The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, has chosen a
spot in the Lake District, Tony Baldry, MP for north Oxfordshire
and the Second Church Estates Commissioner, has nominated the
churchyard where his childhood mentor is buried. The Sub-Dean of
Christ Church Cathedral, Canon Ed Newell, says he is inspired by
The competition is being run through earthingfaith.org, a
website set up by the Diocese of Oxford to encourage people to
connect their spirituality with the earth. It is supported by the
Church of England's Shrinking
the Footprint environmental campaign.
David Shreeve, the Church of England's national environment
adviser, said: "So often taken for granted, there are many special
places where we can find inspiration and by entering this
competition you can say 'thank you' which is part of the
Shrinking the Footprint ethos, reminding us just how inspiring our
world is and how we need to conserve it."
Bishop John said: "Many people have a favourite piece of
holy ground, somewhere where the veil between heaven and earth
seems very thin, whether or not they are fully paid up
"Mine is in the Lake District where you look down Wastwater to
the great mountains of Scafell Pike, Yewbarrow and Pillar. This is
where time stands still for me and I am put gently but firmly in my
place before the beauty and scale of God. I could look at that view
for weeks and never exhaust it."
Tony Baldry chose St Peter's Church, Burnham, in
Buckinghamshire, the final resting place of his childhood
"You wouldn't now know that she is buried there - it's a plain
piece of grass in a churchyard. Those whom she could have married
were killed in the Great War. A broken crucifix in memory of her
nephew Bryan lies next to her.
"Every day for thirty years Miss Winch would walk from Burnham
to Dropmore and back to teach in the church school. Ten miles every
day, in all weathers. It was a time when every child knew their
catechism, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. And with the Festivals
and the seasons she would change the Altar cloths.
"I think Miss Winch's grave is a good place for the Second
Church Estates Commissioner to give an account of himself to
Canon Edmund Newell, Sub-Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in
Oxford, says: "It's hard not to be inspired by creation. For me,
it's the sea that does it. It's where I go to think, reflect, write
Matt Freer, Environment Officer for Oxford Diocese, says: "To
mark the season of Creation Tide we are inviting people to share
the place where they find inspiration and a connection with God.
People are asked to enter the competition by submitting their
original photographs, and/or poems and prayers that capture their
special place. The competition is being run through the Earthing
Faith website, a resource hosted by the Diocese of Oxford to
support people as they connect spirituality and faith with the
earth around us."
The winning photos and words will be available through packs of
postcards and other resources. Prizes include a selection of books
and energy saving devices.
• Find out how to enter at www.earthingfaith.org/inspired.
• Creation Tide runs from 1 September to 10 October 2010
Diocese of Oxford is the Church of England in Oxfordshire,
Berkshire and Oxfordshire and has more parishes and churches than
any other diocese in the Church of England.
• Find out more about Shrinking