Environmental champions from all over the country descended on two major cities for our first ever Eco Church conferences.
At these unique events – one in London and one in Sheffield – people got together to explore the different ways their churches could take the next step on their Eco Church journeys.
‘It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm with which normal, ordinary people are grasping God’s mandate to care for the planet,’ said our Engagement Director Rich Bee, who was part of the A Rocha UK team hosting the conferences.
‘Great, too, to see such a willingness to share the ideas that work and commiserate with each other over the difficulties of bringing diverse congregations along.’
Both conferences were resounding successes. We hope to run similar events in 2018. At the London conference, Bishop of Kingston Rt Rev Richard Cheetham said, ‘Our Gospel is too small’. We need a bigger, broader understanding of God’s purposes being worked out in the world around us. But how do we do that?
‘We’ve been saying for some time that the Church needs to embrace the missional nature of caring for the environment,’ said Rich. ‘Looking after our shared home is not something to be left until after mission, nor something that might be helpful to mission, but is an integral part of mission.’
And so on 24th February, we’ll be gathering at Holy Trinity, Leicester, to share ways of integrating care for the natural world into all of our mission. We’ll be seeing what the Bible has to say about it and finding ways to put the ideas into practical action. Bookings will open soon. But for now, save the date! (Photo of Bishop of Kingston by Rich Bee)