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Eco Church is about changing the culture of the Church so that it becomes as natural to engage in caring for God’s earth as it already is to engage in evangelism and social action.
A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme was launched in January and runs in partnership with Tearfund, Christian Aid, the Church of England and the Methodist Church, and supported by many other organisations and denominations.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams attended the launch and welcomed the scheme saying that the environment needed to feature more significantly in the Church's mindset.
The free scheme is built around an online survey for a church to complete, which takes you through the five key areas: your worship and teaching; your buildings; your land; your community and global engagement; and the personal lifestyles of your members.
Each church undertakes specific actions to accumulate points until they have gained enough to qualify for a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. Accompanying the survey is a wide range of supporting resources to help your church with its practical actions.
Matthew McDade, DAC Secretary for the Diocese said: “Eco Church is a bold new initiative that provides free tools for congregations to better enable them to look at how they interact with God’s creation. Whether it is a question of how to help the church building reduce its carbon footprint to questions of ethical buying and sustainability, this resource offers concrete advice and encouragement that can help us all do that bit more for the environment.”
To find out more about Eco Church and how your church can get involved please visit the Eco Church website.