Video: LiveSimply parishes
29th October 2012 - by Ellen Teague
This short film celebrates an award scheme that challenges parishes to live more simply.
Columban JPIC Team member Ellen Teague is one of the award assessors who visited St. John Bosco parish in Reading during July.
The film celebrates the LiveSimply parish scheme, which was launched 18 months ago. The scheme asks parishes to make a commitment to living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor, and the film features interviews with members of one of the four parishes to receive the Live Simply award so far, as well as two that have just signed up to the scheme.
Starring in the new film are parish members from St John Bosco in Reading – the first parish to receive the LiveSimply award – and from the twin parishes of St Joseph’s and St Bede’s in Newcastle. Four parishes from three different dioceses have received the LiveSimply award. As well as St John Bosco, they are St Stanislaus in Dulverton, St Bonaventure’s in Bristol and St Joseph’s in Lytham St Annes.
It is hoped this short film will encourage many other parishes to take up the challenge.
The LiveSimply scheme was launched by Bishop Declan Lang at Clifton Cathedral in May, 2011. See: www.livesimplyaward.org.uk
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To apply for the award, parishes have to take on three major actions under the headings of living simply, living sustainably and living in solidarity with people in poverty, as well as at least six additional activities. These could be anything from installing solar panels or an energy-efficient boiler to supporting Fairtrade, from campaigning with CAFOD to organising a community clean-up or local litter-pick.