Directory: Churches and People


28 August 2015

The Church of England has today launched a digital competition offering two potential pilgrims the opportunity to join the journey to Paris with two full bursary places.

To take part potential pilgrims need to send in a short 3-5 minute film stating what inspires them personally to act on the environment, how the environment impacts the worlds’ poorest and most vulnerable and why they feel they should be offered a fully funded place on the Pilgrimage2Paris.

The Rev Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and lead Bishop on the environment, said: “This is about the Church of England extending the invitation to join us on the journey to Paris. Through our pilgrimage and our prayers we are strengthening and encouraging those taking part in the Paris talks to reach fair, accountable and firm commitments which will change the way we act and move us towards a low carbon economy. We want to hear your stories about what the environment means to you, how it impacts the poorest and most vulnerable in the world and why you would like to be part of this inspirational journey.”

The competition winners will not only have the unique opportunity of filming some of their experience on pilgrimage in a video diary but will also receive support with all the accommodation costs and return travel from Paris.

James Buchanan, the Pilgrimage2Paris project coordinator, said: “This is a great opportunity for two individuals to join the Pilgrimage2Paris and share their stories on the journey. It is a chance to walk in solidarity with those most affected by climate change. We invite you to join us on the road to Paris and beyond.”

Giles Goddard, the Rector of St. John’s Waterloo is a member of the Church of England’s Environmental Working Group and will be joining the two week pilgrimage. Here he talks about what the environment means to him and why he is inspired to join the pilgrimage to Paris.

Potential pilgrims should send their Pilgrimage2Paris films to James Buchanan on by 5pm on September 18th.

The judging panel will consist of the Bishop of Salisbury, lead Bishop on the environment, James Buchanan, the Pilgrimage2Paris coordinator and David Shreeve, the Church of England’s environment advisor.