Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams is helping UK churches to become green – starting with St Paul’s Cathedral. Dr Williams launches A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme there today (26th January).
The former head of the global Anglican Communion will present the cathedral with the first ever Eco Church award. Managed by environment charity A Rocha UK, Eco Church equips congregations to become more eco-friendly. An online survey and resources help churches respond to environmental issues across congregational life.
‘After recent climate change talks in Paris, Eco Church helps churches integrate environmental care through worship, management of buildings and land, community and global engagement, and personal lifestyle of church members’, said A Rocha UK’s Dr Ruth Valerio.Read more...
Churches could transform the environment of these islands, says A Rocha UK’s new chief Andy Atkins (pictured). In a special interview for Families First – the magazine of the Mothers’ Union – he calls Christians to rescue creation.
‘There’s an urgent need,’ he told the January/February edition of the publication, ‘given the reality of climate change and the speed at which we’re losing once abundant nature – including our “common or garden” birds.’
Andy gave the interview just before taking on his new role at the start of January 2016. He told the magazine about a childhood of dodging crazed crocodiles and toxic trees in the Australian wilderness – to his adulthood of addressing the biggest anti-poverty march in British history. He shared stories of living on a remote tropical island and moving to London’s East End.
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I expect you and I have much in common – a love of nature and a love of the Church, God’s family (warts and all, like any family!).
I’m passionate about conserving and restoring nature and preserving a life-sustaining climate, for the love of God and fairness to future generations. I love what we can achieve when we act together. So it’s a privilege to join the A Rocha UK family. I look forward to working with you to make the UK a better place for nature and people, to the glory of God.
While 150 global leaders met for United Nations climate talks in Paris, Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio (pictured, photo by Clive Mear) spoke at the London march – as more than 50,000 joined in to sing and samba their way down Whitehall.
A Rocha UK’s new chief Andy Atkins took part in meetings with A Rocha International at Paris. Bertie Stirling, part of the Partners In Action network, was promoting the online Advent calendar at the Belfast march (photo below by Clive Price).
Later, they were all rewarded with ‘a rare moment for real celebration’ – which is how Conservation Director Andy Lester described the outcome ... Read more...
Your church can become good news for God’s earth – by taking part in a national award scheme.
And to start your journey, all you have to do is register with Eco Church. Run by A Rocha UK, this new initiative equips congregations in England and Wales to care for creation through every part of church life.
The scheme is being launched with a special reception at St Paul’s Cathedral on 26th January 2016. Guest speaker will be former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams (pictured by Graham Lacdao, St Paul’s Cathedral).Read more...