Following the recent high-profile media launch for Eco Church, A Rocha UK friends and supporters are encouraged to make sure their churches engage with the scheme.
A simple three-step plan has been drawn up which reflects the structure of the supporting resources on the Eco Church website:
Think – consider becoming an Eco Church. Talk about it with your vicar, pastor or minister.
Do – register with Eco Church and start responding to the online survey.
Do more – study the supporting resources and act on them. Talk to your friends or other potentially like-minded people at your church and consider setting up a working group to take this forward. It’s easier doing this in community.
The practical challenge of engaging with environmental issues was addressed by speakers at the Eco Church launch event. ‘The great danger is to start by assuming it’s all too big for us,’ said former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.
‘A problem is as big as the number of people who take it seriously. We start taking it seriously and it starts resolving. It’s as simple as that.’ He thanked Martin Pett (pictured) for his ‘incarnate illustration’ of how Trinity Church, Lewes, engaged with the issue.
Martin Pett won over the audience with his church’s story. ‘We started by gathering up a small band of people passionate about creation care to form an eco-team,’ he told the launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral. ‘We took the idea to our rector, who was supportive.’
The team carried out an environmental audit, taking in church grounds, buildings and congregation. With humour and reality, Martin pointed out the joys and challenges of the work – from sowing wildflowers to making self-watering flowerpots out of plastic bottles. Some children spotted a lizard on the church wall – ‘a great celebration of the wonders of creation and what we’ve achieved so far’. (Photo: Graham Lacdao, St Paul’s Cathedral)