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Devon Green Church Award

posted 8 Mar 2013, 05:12 by Martyn Goss   [ updated 8 Mar 2013, 10:43 ]
In recent years, as part of their ministry within God’s Creation, a number of churches in Devon have been actively engaged with addressing the challenging environmental crises we face in the world.  These projects include developing churchyards to support more wildlife, using or producing greener energy, re-discovering creation care in our Christian tradition, registering as Eco-congregations or Fairtrade churches, and promoting local food for church events.


The Diocese of Exeter, along with the Shrinking the Footprint initiative of the Church of England, is encouraging us to see how our church communities can increase our awareness of the natural created world and improve the ways we actively care for our planet.


To affirm and encourage this work, the ecumenical group Devon Churches Green Action now offers a certificate for local Christian communities and churches.  It sets out 21 possible activities and if a church is able to identify a certain number of positive steps it is taking, it may apply for this award.  According to the extent and variety of their activities, a local church may be offered a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate.  Successful churches are also asked to monitor and review their action every two years, and may progress from Bronze to Gold over a few years.


The Award is open to a parish or congregation from any Christian denomination and will be signed by one of Devon’s Church Leaders.


Details of the requirements for individual award categories will provided with the checklist and application form.


The “21 Steps to Sustainability Checklist” and Green Action Award application forms are available from DCGA, Old Deanery, The Cloisters, Exeter.  Tel:  01392-294940