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Exeter Eco-Diocese - World Environment Day

posted 5 Jun 2017, 00:58 by Martyn Goss   [ updated 5 Jun 2017, 01:04 ]

Eco Church is Christian conservation organisation A Rocha's award scheme for churches in England and Wales which want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.

Eco Diocese is an initiative to encourage diocesan-level engagement with Eco Church, and promote local church participation in the scheme. They are both part of an important new drive to promote greater ecological awareness and action with local churches.

 Following the latest discussion at its Synod, Exeter is now registered as an Eco-Diocese and invites all Mission Communities and parishes to sign up to become Eco Churches. There are already 14 such initiatives in Devon, including St. Edward's at Eggbuckland in Plymouth.

Devon Eco Church is open to all Christian denominations, and others already signed up include Belmont Chapel at Exeter, Tavistock Methodist Church, Lee Abbey and Glenorchy URC in Exmouth.

 A free online survey and supporting resources are designed to equip churches to express your care for God’s world in their worship and teaching; in how theylook after their buildings and land; in how they engage with their local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of their congregations.The actions taken will count towards a prestigious Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. 

Complete the Eco Survey (https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/eco-survey-non-saving-example/ ) to gauge where your church currently is in relation to the three different levels; you may find you already qualify for an Eco Church Award!

The A Rocha vision is for churches of all denominations to care for Creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully. Help bring that vision to reality by participating in Eco Church where you are...

For further details check the A Rocha website https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/ or contact Martyn Goss, Diocesan Environment Officer: 01392-294940 martyn.goss@exeter.anglican.org

 

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