Eco Churches are ‘springing up all over the place’. That’s the view of A Rocha UK’s Dr Ruth Valerio as her team launch an online map to show the extensive cross-country coverage of the charity’s award scheme.
From the Isle of Man to Margate, from Hexham to Hampshire, any of the 300 registered churches can be identified by pins on an electronic map (pictured right).
Supporters can back this growing movement by donating online (quote EC201605 in the comments box) or giving by post (FREEPOST RSSB-SCBG-CSKR, A Rocha UK, 18 Avenue Road, Southall UB1 3BL – use code ‘EC201605’ on the reverse of any cheque or charity voucher sent).
Visitors to the Eco Church website can discover churches near them – and elsewhere in England and Wales – by filling in the boxes and clicking. ‘We’re really pleased that we’ve now got this new feature on the website,’ said Ruth, A Rocha UK’s Churches And Theology Director (pictured below).
‘The map does two key things. First, it shows the extent of how Eco Church is growing, as you can see churches springing up all over the place. Second, it enables a church to find other churches in the same area.
‘These churches can link up, sharing ideas and resources and supporting each other. We hope people will find this feature useful in locating and making contact with others who share their passion in caring for God’s earth.’
Ruth pointed out one of the most important aspects of Eco Church is a ‘sense of community’ among churches around the country working towards the same goals: ‘This map will help people see their church is part of a whole movement of Christians in England and Wales engaged in caring for God’s world’.
A Rocha UK’s Eco Church was welcomed by former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams as part of a ‘tectonic shift’. He launched the award scheme at St Paul’s Cathedral on 26th January.