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'The Nature of God's Acre': Bishop Launches a New Book Uncovering the 'Gems' of Sussex (posted 24 March 2015)

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'The Nature of God's Acre': The Bishop of Chichester launches new book uncovering the 'gems' of Sussex.

Sussex Churchyard
Sussex Churchyard


On Monday 23rd March 2015, at the Bishop's Palace in Chichester, the Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, launched a fascinating new book 'The Nature of God's Acre'.  The book explores how the parishes of East and West Sussex value nature in their churchyards and how the presence of wildlife affects the spirituality of these ancient and hallowed places.  Written by the Reverend Dr Mark Betson, Rural Officer of the Chichester Diocese, and wildlife expert Miles King, the book contains contributions from 175 people from 26 communities across the Diocese. 

When researching for the book, the authors found many people emphasised the peace that they find in connecting with the ongoing cycle of life in churchyards - from the generations on the gravestones to the new life seen through the plants and animals, which inhabit them. 

The book reveals that churchyards, managed sensitively with nature, may have an important role in supporting the wellbeing of individuals and communities across the heart of Sussex.

 


Miles King said, "I have always believed that nature plays a central role in people's spiritual lives and what we have discovered in putting together this book, is testament to that belief."

The Reverend Dr Mark Betson added "Ancient Churchyards lie at the heart of many communities and they are unique places where people and nature can thrive together."

The book is currently available to purchase in the Cathedral Shop, located in the Cathedral Cloisters.

Guests enjoying the book at its launch today, in the Bishop's Palace Sherbourne Room
Guests enjoying the book at its launch, in the Bishop's Palace Sherbourne Room
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