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Meeting Gloucestershire’s farming families

For me as a Christian it’s about the care of the whole of creation and about the flourishing of the countryside; of people, of animals … as we were talking everything from dairy products through to badger culling and the TB issue, just how it’s about all of us and the land together. That really made me think that point when you said how farmers are so key to creation and actually we spend a lot of our time in society talking about innovation, creativity, wanting more of these things to address some of the societal challenges of today but farmers have been and continue to do that on a daily basis; you know bringing new life into this world, dealing with all the challenges and pitfalls that come with it and constantly as Henry (of Dunn Farm) says; if you’re not changing you’re going backwards in farming so constantly adapting and moving on their businesses to deal with the changing environment and we all know that it’s going to continue. That in a way is something that is consistent that we will always be changing. [Bishop Rachel] And I think the issue for us as worshiping communities; our churches, our schools our chaplaincies, our fresh expressions; is about how we are all the time engaging with the hopes and needs of the wider community in here the Diocese of Gloucester, our farming community’s at the heart of the wider community in many places and I think the challenge for us as individuals, as Christians, is about how are we engaging in with their hopes and needs and seeing how we are dependent, as human beings, how dependent we are on those interconnections between us. So I think that’s been, you know, really encouraging from today.

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