"For the Church of the 21st century, good ecology is not an optional extra but a matter of justice. It is therefore central to what it means to be a Christian"
Dr Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury
ENC is starting to work towards an A Rocha Ecocongregation Award. This is partly about celebrating what we already do, and partly about finding new ways to make sure a green thread runs through everything we do.
A Rocha Ecocongregation Award
The Award scheme is designed to:
affirm the good environmental work of churches
witness to the wider world that churches care for God’s creation
The Award is given to churches that have:
undertaken an environmental check-up or audit
undertaken activities or initiatives in each of the following three areas:
'spiritual': worship and teaching — linking environmental issues with the Christian faith e.g. through services, children's work or an adult homegroup
practical: practising what is preached e.g. an energy, churchyard or recycling project
mission: reaching out — worked with or through their local community on environmental issues e.g. a litter pick, project with a school or other community group, gaining positive publicity.
Psalm 24:1 The Earth is the LORD's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
If you would like to be involved or find out more, please contact Sarah Bird on firstname.lastname@example.org
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