The Eco Church movement continues to grow! Earlier this year, we passed 800 registered churches, which is incredibly exciting. More exciting still is the difference the awards are making in the worshipping lives of churches great and small. Last month, Engagement Director Rich Bee negotiated the snow to present Salisbury Cathedral with their silver award.
At a time when Salisbury has been in the news for the wrong reasons, it was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the cathedral in embedding care for God’s earth into their everyday life and witness. The event marked a milestone, too, for Bishop Nicholas Holtham—the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment—who presided at the service where the award was presented.
That an ancient building such as Salisbury cathedral can achieve a silver award shows what is possible when committed people gather together to initiate change. The new version of the survey, launched earlier in the year, was designed to make it easier for churches large and small to express the many different actions they are taking in pursuit of being ever better stewards of our planet.
How’s your church doing? If you have a question about the scheme, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.